With the official start of winter getting near, coughing, sneezing and blowing of the nose are here. Yes, we are talking about the common cold, influenza, bronchitis, asthma attacks and even allergies. You may be the one who is currently ill or tends to get sick during this season. It may happen that you frequently experience the symptoms of the common cold, which hit you so hard that you have already missed school or work by this time of the year.

These ailments are usually the result of an immunity imbalance. Our immune system is composed of a group of surveillance cells that are always protecting the human body from viruses and bacteria as well as other foreign invaders that enter our body and make us sick. These surveillance cells are prepared to fight and leave a memory to form anti-bodies to avoid getting sick from the same pathogen again. But sometimes our immune system is compromised by malnourishment and lifestyle choices or illnesses such as diabetes, HIV or some type of cancer that can be life-threatening. The best way to avoid illnesses is to maintain a well-functioning immune system.

Practitioners of Oriental medicine have been working to maintain immunity balance in the human body for more than 3,000 years. Oriental medicine practitioners can guide you through the natural methods and processes of how to maintain a well-functioning immune system. They do this by making changes to your nutrition, applying herbal recommendations, taking advantage of acupuncture options and providing Oriental medicine guidance such as Qi Gong or Tai Qi to help prevent illness and maintain balance within the body.

Wouldn’t it be nice to go through winter and not catch the latest strain of the common cold or flu virus, or perhaps to have a cold but not to the degree of lying in bed for days but able to function better and get back to work faster? Well, Oriental medicine is here to help you get the immunity balance you need to keep yourself healthy. We are located in the Lindberg Center in McAllen for your convenience.

by Consuelo Camarillo de Gonzalez Lic. A.C.