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Colds and flu
The common cold is a viral infection causing inflammation
of the mucous membranes lining the nose and throat, resulting
in a runny nose, possibly headache and sore throat. Flu or influenza,
also a viral infection of the respira-tory system, brings fever,
aching of both the head and muscles and weakness. There is no
known cure. Antibiotics are prescribed at times to lessen the
side effects of a flu affecting the bronchi and the ears.
Massage, essential oils and herbs can help reduce the severity
of the symptoms and shorten the duration of the infection.
Also reputed to be of benefit in fighting a cold are vitamin
C, found in citrus fruits and leafy vegetables, and zinc, a trace
element found in lean meat, wholemeal breads and seafood. Ask
your health food shop to advise you on other sources of vitamin
C and zinc.
For massage use one or more of the following essential oils:
peppermint, marjoram, eucalyptus, lavender, ginger. If there
is pain and body discomfort lavender and marjoram will be indicated
. If there is coldness and mucous then choose ginger and eucalyptus
as the main oils. Massage the combination over the chest, forehead,
neck and upper back.
For colds and flu, you can also massage the following acupressure
points: Colon 4, Lung 5,
Hay fever and allergies
Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is an abnormal immune reaction
to pollens, plants or dust. It occurs from spring to late summer,
depending on area and types of pollens. There is irritation of
the mucous membranes of the nose and upper respiratory tract;
perhaps nasal discharge and obstruction, oedema around the eyes
with excessive and painful lacrimation, sneezing, coughing and
difficult breathing. For some the symptoms are mild, but for
others they can be quite extreme. People allergic to dust may
have less severe reactions, but are exposed year round.
In most cases, bodywork and natural therapies might not offer
a cure, but they may lessen and prevent some of the most difficult
symp-toms. Also, a few weeks before the expected onset of symptoms,
avoid an excessive intake of mucus-producing and irritating foods
like dairy products, sugar and cakes, white bread, fried food,
hot and spicy food.
The best oils to help lessen the symptoms are lavander,
eucalyptus if there is mucous, marjoram, peppermint and
mandarin peel. You can massage your chosen combination over
the forhead and cheeks, chest, neck and upper back in particular.
The recommended points are Colon 4, Lung 5, Stomach 36 and Spleen 6 ( see acupressure section )
This condition, also referred in natural medicine to as 'weak
lungs', may not be in most Western medical books, but natural
and traditional medicine places great importance on the relationship
between the lungs and immunity. When people complain of continuously
catching colds, flus and other respiratory infections, they have
weak immunity. They are also tired, and possibly emaciated.
Massage lung strengthening oils such as frankincense, benzoin,
marjoram and eucalyptus particularly around the chest, neck
and upper back.
The best acupressure points are Lung 9, Lung 5, Lung 1, Conception Vessel 4 and 6, Stomach 36 and Spleen 5 ( see acupressure section )
Vitamin combinations containing vitamin C, Zinc and other
essential nutrients of the immune system are widely available
in health food shops. Exercise and in particular chinese Qigong
movements are strongly adviced
This heading covers conditions like sinusitis, bronchitis, cough
with expectoration and bronchial asthma, described below.
The lungs are in constant contact with air therefore many kinds
of pollutants are carried into them. The membranes that cover
the upper part of the respiratory system like the nose and the
bronchi should give protection. They exude moderate amounts of
mucus to trap pollutants, allergens (like pollen and car fumes)
and bacteria. When this mucus is expectorated the trapped pollutants
are safely thrown off the respiratory system. During various
infections or allergic irritations the membranes can be severely
irritated; an excessive production of mucus then gets trapped
in areas of the respiratory system such as the sinuses, the nose,
the throat and the bronchi. Natural medicine also believes that
excessive consumption of fatty food in particular dairy products
like full fat cheese, cakes and food with a heavy caloric content
can create excessive mucous in the system.
This section also includes problems like cough with mucous
The best oils to espell mucous from the respiratory system
are eucalyptus, ginger, lavender aniseed and fennel. Massage
them in particular around the chest, neck and upper back. If
there is a lot of cough spasms and difficulty in breathing use
more lavander and aniseed to soothe it and add the point Pericardium
The main points are Lung 5, Lung 1, Spleen 36 ( see acupressure section )
Sinusitis. An infection leads to inflammation of the
membrane lining the facial sinuses, the air-filled cavities in
the bone around the nose. There is a feeling of fullness, perhaps
a throb-bing ache, and excess mucus drains into the nasal cavity.
Usually affected are the maxillary sinuses in the cheekbones,
and the ethmoidal sinuses between the eyes.
The same advice applies as in mucous problems but add Colon
4 to the points and make sure to massage around the forehead, cheeks and neck.
See also the link to Qigong exercises as these can help the respiratory sysatem