Defensive Qi –What's that?Defensive Qi (vital energy) within your body can become depleted during winter illness. The end of winter is a good time to restore your Defensive Qiand head into spring with your best foot forward. Maintaining good health can be a dance of push and pull. In Chinese herbal medicine a cold or flu is initiated by pathogenic Qi, a force that follows the penetrating cold into the body to spark an illness. Your Defensive Qi (vital energy) however, is poised ready to resist infection and ‘push back’ to protect you from getting sick.
Turning up the heatDuring winter you can help keep pathogenic Qi at bay by ensuring your internal warmth is strong; wearing your winter woollies, enjoying hearty warm winter foods and incorporating herbs and spices that fan your internal furnace and support healthy circulation such as ginger and black pepper.
Time to rebuildDefensive Qi can become depleted during a winter illness, increasing susceptibility to repeat infections and exhaustion. Strong Defensive Qi however, increases your resistance to getting a cold, and restores your reserves after a cold to enhance your recovery, so you are ready to respond to a potential future illness. The end of winter is a good time to restore your Defensive Qi, and here’s how…
Herbs to replenish Defensive QiChinese herbs, known as ‘immune restoratives’ can help replenish Defensive Qi. They are also known to help restore a healthy immune system and assist recovery from colds, flu, and minor infection. The ‘immune restorative’ herbs in Fusion® Health Astra 8 Immune Tonic support healthy immune systemrecovery during convalescence and restore depleted white blood cells after an infection;
- Astragalus membranaceus
- Codonopsis pilosula
- Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi)
- Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng)
- Atractylodes macrocephala
- Ligustrum lucidum
- Schisandra chinensis
- Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Licorice)