How Oriental Medicine Views a Cold or Flu

Even though it’s cold and flu season, not everyone gets sick. If you’re able to fend off a contagious cold or flu, it may be because you have strong Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”) according to oriental medicine experts. On the other hand, if you seem to catch every virus going around, you may have weak Wei Qi.

“Wei Qi is another way of referring to the body’s immune system or first defense against infection,” says Dr. Yihyun Kwon, a faculty member in the acupuncture and oriental medicine program at National University of Health Sciences.

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Due to widespread influenza activity in DuPage County and throughout Illinois, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) is encouraging residents to get a flu shot now to protect themselves for the rest of the flu season.

To reduce the spread of influenza and other contagious diseases, it is always important to practice the following: • Clean -properly wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer • Cover -cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or with your sleeve (not your hand) when you cough or sneeze • Contain -contain your germs by staying home if you are sick, and try to avoid close contact with people who are sick

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