A: From an Eastern medical philosophy perspective, acupuncture works by balancing and harmonizing qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi is our vitality, life-force and energy. All pain, stress and disease in the body occur when qi has become blocked and/or depleted within the body. By placing hair-thin needles along the meridians (which also correspond with the nervous system) to unblock and revitalize qi, natural healing, pain relief and emotional balance can occur.
Western medicine views acupuncture as a form of therapy that releases hormones into the bloodstream, sending signals to the nervous system. Hormones, such as dopamine and serotonin, have a positive effect on the body by reducing pain, balancing emotions, strengthening the immune system and regulating organ systems.
A: This simple soup is an ancient Chinese remedy that is used when someone is experiencing a fever with cold symptoms. Cook this broth as soon you feel a fever coming on, with symptoms of chills and a runny nose:
2 green onions (use only the white part) cut into several pieces
1 piece of ginger the size of a thumb, cut into slices
2 to 3 cloves of garlic, cut into slices
1 to 2 teaspoons honey
Put the top three ingredients into a pot and add about 2¼ cups of water. Boil it for 10 minutes and then add the honey. Strain the soup. Run a tub of the hottest water you can stand with Epsom salts. Sit in the tub and drink the soup. Warm the body through and thoroughly, inside and out. When you get out of the tub, stay as warm as possible, avoid drafts or sudden temperature changes; bundle up in warm clothing, crawl into bed. After a few minutes, you may begin to sweat while your fever and cold symptoms dissipate.
*This can instigate you having a fever, but once broken it will release most of the toxins.