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Keep your immune system strong & start the school year off healthy!

Our bodies are continually trying to stay balanced so it can do its job fighting off illness. If you're like me, I often realize too late that my family should have prepared better for staying healthy as we are headed back to school.  Especially for those individuals who tend to catch whatever is going around…or can’t get rid of a cold or cough once you have it, here are some ways to keep your body strong and your immune system boosted...


The lungs and spleen are main organ systems in Chinese Medicine that keep our immune system strong. If you have issues with seasonal allergies, asthma, easy to catch a cold or flu, difficult digestion, or food allergies, these organs probably need a boost. Even if you are feeling healthy now, an acupuncture treatment can help keep your organs strong and your body balanced to promote self healing.


The dried herb of mugwort is burned on or near the body. Acupuncture can move energy, but moxa can add energy and help boost the immune system. Research has shown moxa to increase blood flow, increase white and red blood cell count, & support the adrenal gland. It is also good for many other conditions….digestion, arthritis, menstrual cramps, allergies, & pain relief.

Chinese herbs:

Using a formula such as Jade screen (Yu Ping Fen San) is great to take this time of year or before travel to help prevent colds and flus. This famous formula has shown in studies that it maintained the health of children who frequently got respiratory infections.

Essential Oils:

To make your own roller bottle mix add in 2 drops each of clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, cinnamon, & orange essential oil in to 10 oz roller bottle. Top off with your carrier oil of choice. Rub in to the soles of your feet.

Foods, herbs, & spices:

Since our diet continuously creates our body anew, food therapy is a great way to maintain good health. Enjoy foods and spices such as mushrooms, leafy greens, squash, sweet potato, cherries, molasses, lentils, ginger, onion, black pepper, turmeric, ginger clove, and oregano.

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