Self-care and the “immune system” according to Chinese Medicine

March 9, 2020

As my teacher reminded us when she addressed this topic during last week’s class, our “immune system” is the turning of the whole wheel. When we get good sleep, take in and absorb nutrition, digest and eliminate properly, exercise, have joy and meaning to our lives–when all the systems of the body work well together, our “immune system” is strong. Yin and Yang are in right relationship, and an external pathogen will be easily processed.

When Yin and Yang are out of right relationship, the body is unable to efficiently process the external pathogen. The signs, symptoms, and patterns of the presenting illness will be different for each person, even if they catch the same strain. Herbal formula treatments can be adjusted to the symptoms as they present on the individual patient.

Now, more than ever, is the time for self-care. Have you been wanting to sleep better? Eat better? Exercise more? Whatever will make you feel like the best version of you, in my opinion, is the best way to weather any storm. Most people who get the Covid-19 virus experience only minor symptoms. Wouldn’t it be nice to be in that population?

Consider too strengthening your lung qi. Check out these Qi Gong exercises.

Cough and fever are two symptoms that have been treated with Chinese herbal medicine for many, many years. There are many reports coming from China and the use of herbal formulas for treating symptoms at the various stages of progression. I am currently researching options for herbal medicine video conferences or telephone consultations.

Currently I request that patients with a fever and/or flu-like symptoms remain at home. Please email me to set up a remote herbal consultation instead.

I would like for my community to know that I am here for you. As we find ourselves home more, I wish you nourishing meals, extra time with your families, outside in nature, exercise, and rest.

In good health,



One Response to “Self-care and the “immune system” according to Chinese Medicine”

  1. KT Says:

    Thank you Molly,

    Thank you for posting good information, I do not have symptoms but with my new grandbaby on the way I am limiting my exposure to others. I will be rescheduling my appointment because of this.

    Thank you,

    Kathy Tuchman

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