How to Prevent a Cold or Flu using Meridian Massage
Zip up your Qi Jacket!
Many of us were taught to put on a jacket to prevent us from catching a cold or flu. These physical jackets work very well to block out the cold and wind. Imagine adding an energetic layer of protection – that is exactly what a “Qi Jacket” is!
We have a layer of Qi, called Defensive Qi, that acts as a barrier between our skin and the environment.
This energetic barrier is the key to preventing colds and flus. Since Defensive Qi plays a role that is very similar to a physical jacket, I call it a “Qi Jacket.”
The Lung Organ System is in charge of making and maintaining our Qi Jacket. Simply support the Lungs in order to ensure a strong a Qi Jacket. By preventing cold, wind, dampness, and viruses from entering our energetic system, we prevent the manifestation of a cold or flu.
How to make a strong Qi Jacket
Meridian massage uses a two step approach:
- Lifestyle adjustments
- Acupressure points to boost the Lungs
- The Lung Organ System appreciates plenty of rest, calm, and quiet. Take a little time each day just to practice being quiet. This can be five minutes of placing your awareness on your breath or a little time gazing at nature.
- The Lung Organ System appreciates nutritious, long-cooked food. Soup is wonderful for the Lungs. It is also a great meal to enjoy during the cooler weather in the fall and winter.
- Bundle up when it is cold and windy. Put on your socks, scarf, mittens, and jacket when you go out into the cold and wind!
Acupressure points to boost the Lungs
- Acupoints to support the Lung Organ System: Lung 1, Lung 2, and Lung 9. Gentle massage to these points nourishes and supports the strength of the Lungs. The “Fall Flu Season” can challenge the Lung Organ System. Using these points in the fall is a simple way to boost the Lungs.
How to locate acupoints
Lung 1 and Lung 2 are on the upper chest, below the clavicle (collarbone).
These points are located on the upper rib cage, toward the sides of the body.
Lung 9 is on the palm side of the wrist.
Bend the wrist a little to make the wrist crease stand out. Feel for a dip on the end of the crease toward the thumb side.
All of these points are on both sides of the body. Experiment with locating and contacting the points. Here is another blog post about how to apply pressure to acupoints.
To continue learning, check out the “Acupoints for Cold and Flu Prevention” video on demand.