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Home > Newsletters > January 2007 > Ask the Doctor

Points -  Ask the Doctor

Q: What can I do to prevent catching colds or flu in this upcoming flu season?

A:  Protect the back of the neck when you go out in chilly or cold weather. You want to cover the nape - in Chinese Medicine, the point is called "The Pool of the Wind" (GB 20), an area where the wind easily attacks our body. We all have sort of a natural response where we scrunch up to fend off the cold and wind. Additionally, when one comes in from the cold, it is great to make ginger soup. Ginger has the function to disperse cold and warm the body.

We also need to keep our immune systems strong with proper diet, regular exercise and enough sleep. Pungent foods such as garlic, onion, and ginger; and fruit with high Vitamin C levels are good. Try kiwi, oranges, grapefruit, limes (not just in your vodka tonic) and berries. All these foods should be included in your diet. When the immune system is weak or compromised, disease rush in to attack the body. Don't give them that opportunity! Another way to keep the immune system strong is to keep stress levels low.

Don't forget - acupuncture and herbal medicines are tops in keeping the body healthy and able to fend off those pesky illnesses.

About our Doctors

This month's Ask the Doctor question was answered by:

Wing-benn Deng, BS, MATCM, PhD, Dipl Ac & CH (NCCAOM), LAc
BS, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego
MATCM, Yo San University of TCM
Ph.D., American Liberty University

Wing-Benn currently serves at Yo San University in Los Angeles as the Herb Lab Manager and he has his own private practice at the Yo San Clinic. He also teaches courses including Chinese Herbal Pharmacopoeia, Chinese Nutrition, Acupuncture, and a State Board Review class. His private practice includes pain management (sports injuries, arthritis, joint and back pain, migraines and chronic headaches), allergies, high blood pressure, stress management, male and female infertility, Tuina (massage), nutritional counseling, and treatment of senior citizen health problems. Wing-Benn delivered a well-received series of community lectures for seniors as part of YSUís Advancing Healthy Aging program.


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