Flu Season: Awakening the Healer Within

Flu Season: Awakening the Healer Within

Looking at the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) weekly Influenza Summary Map shows widespread flu in most all contiguous 48 states. One contributing factor of the increased number of cases is a particularly nasty strain of influenza being circulated this year, which is rather resistant to the vaccine. News outlets continue to remind us of the severity of flu cases and the dangers to not only the children and elderly, but to all ages. Even the healthiest of folks seem to be more susceptible this year. All the more reason for us to awaken our inner healers through the practice of Qigong and Tai Chi.

Tai Chi can keep us healthy by helping us keep our stress levels in check. Stress has negative effects on the immune system and when our immune system is compromised, we are more susceptible to viruses and germs. If we are practicing Tai Chi we are strengthening our immune systems by reducing the effects of stress. With a stronger immune system, our bodies can more effectively help us fight off influenza and other viruses.

The practice of Qigong can also help us fend off viruses and flu and may help us regain healthy status faster if we do fall ill. Meditation works to combat stress and breathing techniques can promote better lung capacity and deeper breathing. We may also speed healing by the regulation of our internal Qi and by channeling our inner Qi to the affected parts of our bodies.

A recent New York Times article also touts the importance of hydration and provides other ideas for flu symptom relief. Getting plenty of rest and practicing good self-care top the list if you should become ill, but the CDC recommends seeking medical attention if you experience a high fever and/or develop difficulty breathing.

Whether you are hoping to avoid the flu or hoping to speed recovery, the self-healing practices of Tai Chi and Qigong may help you succeed. Feel free to share your healing stories with others here. Are there specific practices you have found beneficial during cold and flu season? Were you able to heal from a virus quickly by incorporating practice in your self-care routine? We'd love to know. Thank you and be well!


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