Traditional Chinese medicine focuses on creating an inner harmony that ensures a proper flow of Qi, the energy force of the body. An imbalance in Qi is said to manifest as muscle pains, lethargy, and stress. A proper diet, together with good physical and mental care, is believed to help strengthen Qi, boost the body’s immune system, and keep it healthy.
Herbs and foods to consume
Astragalus: The root has traditionally been considered an excellent herb that strengthens the immune system. It fortifies existing immunity in the body and also increases the number of immune cells, thereby preparing the body to fight pathogens. It is believed to increase heart function, lung function, and blood circulation. Astragalus also has anti-inflammatory properties. Traditional teachings advise taking Astragalus only when healthy and not when you have the flu or a cold.
“In a clinical trial of 115 leucopenic patients, astragalus was found to be associated with an ‘obvious rise of the white blood cell (WBC) count’ with a dose-dependent relationship. In addition, astragalus works well with concurrent drug therapy in enhancing the overall effectiveness of the treatment. It also potentiates the anti-tumor effect of chemotherapy drugs while reversing drug-induced immune suppression. Lastly, astragalus demonstrates anti-cancer activity by increasing the content of camp and inhibiting the growth of tumor cells,” according to Acupuncture Today.
Asian ginseng: It is known to increase the strength of immune cells. Asian ginseng is used by athletes to boost endurance and keep alert. The anti-oxidants in ginseng help to protect the heart and fight diabetes. Healthy individuals are typically advised not to regularly consume Asian ginseng as extended use can result in spontaneous bleeding due to weakened blood vessels. Instead, people who have cold bodies, suffer from fatigue or have a weak heart should consume Asian ginseng.
Bone broth: In Chinese medicine, bone broth is considered a powerful Qi tonic. It is used to replenish Jing, a vital essence of good health. People lose Jing in many ways, like sleeping less than necessary, taking on too much physical stress, etc. In women, Jing is lost when they get pregnant more than once, and too soon. In men, ejaculation is a reason for Jing loss. Preparing a broth using animal bones is said to increase Jing and boost the immune system. Chinese medicine recommends consuming bone broth when suffering from conditions like the flu or a cold.
Ganoderma: Known as Ling Zhi in traditional Chinese medicine, the fungus inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses associated with the flu. It boosts the number of white blood cells and has been demonstrated to enhance the immune system in several studies. It is said to tonify the body’s vital energy and contributes to rebuilding the constitution of a patient.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, a lack of proper rest will disturb the internal harmony of the body. Sleeping between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. in accordance with the meridian clock is recommended. This is said to recharge the body’s energy and strengthen its immune system. For de-stressing after a busy schedule, consume herbs like lily bulb, poria, ginseng, or ganoderma.
A lack of physical activity stops the flow of Qi and impedes regular blood flow. Practices like Tai Chi are said to help a person generate, store, and reinforce Qi. When your body achieves a perfect Qi equilibrium, its natural ability to fight diseases and heal increases significantly. For a deeper practice, consider Falun Gong.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an advanced Buddha School cultivation system. It has 5 sets of exercises and combines elements of Taoism to help regain the original health and youthfulness of body and mind. Practicing Falun Gong requires the adherent to value the core principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance and improve their character to advance in the practice. It is always taught free of cost and is practiced worldwide by around 100 million people from all walks of life.