Zip Up Your Qi Jacket
We have a protective layer of Qi that repels nasty influences like wind, cold, damp, and microbes. This is called our Defensive Qi, or Wei Qi. You can tell how vital this protective layer of Qi is by reflecting on your experience. Are you one of those people who always catches a cold (need to boost that Wei Qi)? Or, are you the person who takes care of everyone else because you just don’t catch those Fall colds?
I call the Wei Qi my “Qi Jacket.” Most of us were told to put on a coat before we went out in the cold. The Defensive, Wei Qi is like a jacket that is always on! The trick is making sure it is sturdy enough to defend from the current weather.
The Lungs are in charge of the Qi Jacket – so it is time to nurture your Metal element. Stay out of the cold and wind, drink some ginger tea, take some time to feel your breathing, and chill out on the smoking.
During Fall, the cold, dry air is blowing strong. Too much cold wind can injure the Lungs, which in turn will weaken your Qi Jacket. Try a simple, warm steam inhalation with essential oil of Eucalyptus globulus to support the membranes of your Lungs.
Points for beefing up your Qi Jacket.
To continue learning, check out the “Acupoints for Cold and Flu Prevention” video on demand.