Colds & Flu
Colds and Flu (Influenza) are infections of the upper respiratory tract. They are caused mostly by viruses. A few colds are caused by bacteria (Streptococcus). They are highly contagious and spread mostly by skin contact & touching, as well as through the air (sneeze, cough or kiss). Cold symptoms are the body’s attempt to protect itself from the cold virus. For example, when the virus enters the nose, the body secrets more mucus to flush it out. Symptoms appear a few days after having been exposed to the virus.
Colds usually last about three days, although coughs & congestion can continue for a week or more. Influenza can last longer. In people with a preexisting condition such as heart or lung disease (asthma), a flu can last longer, and can lead to pneumonia and death.
A healthy immune system will usually resist the most virulent of colds and flus. Stress, poor overall health, and getting cold and wet may increase the chances of getting recurring colds and flus. Poor diet such as over consumption of sweets, salty foods, excess dairy, eggs or other mucus forming and acid forming foods can lead to reoccurring colds and flus.
Do You Have a Cold or Flu?
It is important but sometimes difficult to distinguish between a cold and a flu as some symptoms are common to both conditions but with varying intensities. Symptoms also vary according to the person.
Common Head Cold Symptoms
- Usually characterized by a sudden onset
- Simultaneous low grade fever & mild chills
- Intolerance to wind or cold
- Mild to moderate chest congestion
- Mild to moderate dry cough that may occur only at night
- Sputum is white and copious
- Sore throat
- Swollen or tender lymph glands in neck
- Runny nose
- Achiness, stiff neck, recent headache (rare)
- Sinus congestion
A head cold may lead to sinus infection at which time the nasal discharge may turn yellow or green. If not properly treated a head cold may move deeper into the body and you may develop symptoms of a flu. If a head cold persists consider the possibility of allergies.
Common Flu Symptoms
- Appears with much greater intensity than cold symptoms
- Higher fever & chills (High fever indicates a bacterial or viral infection - May experience periods of chills and sweats as the fever comes and goes)
- More severe chest congestion & hacking cough
- More severe headaches
- More severe cough with yellow or green sputum/phlegm
- Weakness or feeling of exhaustion
- Often severe body aches & pains - back, muscles
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Occasional sore throat with foul smell
- Occasional dizziness
- Nausea & vomiting indicating a Stomach Flu
- Cold sores indicating a viral infection
This is a toxic heat type condition. More severe symptoms are present than with colds with a longer recovery time. Left untreated a flu can lead to be bronchitis or pneumonia.
As most colds and flu are caused by viruses, they do not require antibiotics unless testing clearly shows evidence of bacterial infection.
Consult your Doctor if you detect the following signs:
You should consult your doctor if any of the following symptoms accompany a cough, so that possible underlying causes can be investigated and treated where necessary:
- Difficulty breathing
- High fever
- Coughing up phlegm that is yellow, green, rusty-brown, blood-stained, or foul smelling indicating a possible infection
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the first thing to consider with colds and flu is whether the condition is located on the exterior of the body or in the interior, since this indicates the depth of the disease and the most appropriate treatments. The cold and flu virus will first attack the exterior of the body. If the body’s defenses are weak, and the condition is left untreated, it may penetrate deeper into the body resulting in a more serious condition.
Exterior conditions have a sudden onset triggered by environmental factors such as invasion of wind, cold, heat or damp. They are often acute conditions of short duration, and affect the surface or exterior parts of the body more strongly such as the skin, hair, muscles, tendons, joints, and orifices (mouth, nose, external ears). Various germs or other pathogens can then invade the body resulting in fevers, chills, joint or muscle pain. If the resulting condition is not purged the disease will usually move deeper into the body in stages, becoming more interior and chronic.
Contagious diseases that affect the sinuses, bronchial, and throat often have exterior signs in their initial stages. The sooner one takes action the more likely the disease can be reversed. Sweating is the most effective method of driving out surface pathogens. The strategy is to open the sweat glands to sweat out the exterior disease factors lodged near the surface. In cases where sweating does not stop the disease, it can often greatly reduce its progress and strength.
It is important to determine if a condition is at a superficial level and easily cured or at a deeper level requiring more time and care. Trying to cure the common cold at its onset by strengthening the body can often worsen the condition by driving the exterior condition deeper into the body. Conversely, sweating can be very dangerous for those with an interior condition or extreme weakness, as it depletes the person’s Qi or life force.
Healing Action Plan: An once of prevention
It is often easier to prevent the breakout of disease than to find the appropriate treatment once it has appeared. Lifestyle, which includes diet, exercise and having a positive attitude, is a great influencer of health. Here are a few tips on how to stay healthy and maintain a strong immune system:
- Get plenty of rest
- Consume 8-10 glasses of filtered water daily
- Wash your hands frequently and disinfect door knobs, counter tops, sinks, faucets...
- Eat a healthy, organic diet, including foods with beta carotene (carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, garlic and tomatoes)
- Avoid milk products as they increase mucus production
- Limit sugar intake as it competes with Vitamin C & decreases immune function.
- Take vitamin C and herbs to support the immune system, especially in the “cold and flu” season
- Exercise regularly to support the immune system. Medical Qi Gong offers excellent exercises to help prevent respiratory disease.
- Enjoy fun and relaxing activities
- Stimulate specific acupuncture points that support the Wei Qi, the body’s protective energy shield
- Enjoy regular acupuncture or acupressure treatments to support the body’s self-regulating healing systems
Despite all of my efforts I have a cold...
Healing Action Plan for Colds & Flu
If you do come down with a cold or flu because of a weakened immune system or because the virus is particularly virulent adopt a healing action plan which may include diet, herbal medicine, acupressure self-treatments and Qi Gong remedial exercises.
- Rest and drink plenty of fluids. Six to eight glasses of water a day helps prevent dehydration and constipation. Water improves the function of the white blood cells, which are active in fighting infectious diseases, and keeps the respiratory tract moist, thus repelling viruses.
- If chills predominate over the fever, use warming foods such as parsnips, horseradish, scallions and garlic. Eat much less, and use a more simple, liquid-based diet such as vegetables or grain soup.
If the fever predominates over chills, take liquids only. Warm broth, vegetable juices, fresh fruit juices, or fresh fruits such as lemon or grapefruit juice, and herbal teas are best. Fruit juices such as orange juice from a juicer taken at room temperature or from eating the fruit directly provide Vitamin C that helps fight infections.
- Red and black raspberries are an excellent source of potassium and iron as well as vitamins A and C - both of which support a strong immune defenses. Condensed grape juice has an immediate effect in strengthening the heart muscle.
Condensed red beet juice makes the flu virus inactive. Parsley, celery, watercress, garlic, lemon, carrot and coconut juices are nourishing, and help to cleanse and promote healing. Other useful foods are bioflavonoid-rich food such as cabbage with hearts, and green peppers with their insides, parsley, carrots, broccoli, turnips, kuzu (especially good for treating a stiff or painful upper back or neck from an exterior condition).
- Garlic is also beneficial, particularly at the beginning of a cold. It warms the body and acts as an antiviral and antibacterial agent. It prevents viruses from invading and damaging the tissue. Garlic can help ward off a cold by inhibiting the growth of staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria.
- Refined cold-pressed flax seed oil is an excellent source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids and also contains Omega-6 essential fatty acids. These fats, which the body cannot produce itself, help strengthen cell membranes, thereby speeding healing and strengthening resistance to infections. In the body essential fatty acids are converted to prostaglandins which act as anti-inflammatory agents.
Chicken soup relieves sore throats and runny noses.
The following juice recipe is another alternative to help repel colds and flus:
Orange Ginger Spritzer
- 6 Oranges
- 1 small piece of ginger or 1 tsp ginger juice
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries or strawberries
- 1 cup ice
Blend until smooth.
Herbal Remedies & Supplements
- Inhaling aromatic vapors of various herbs such as camomile, eucalyptus or thyme can help loosen mucus, reduce throat irritation and coughing. Inhale steam for fifteen minutes three times a day in the acute stage. When the condition starts to improve inhale steam in the evening before bed for a week or two to help heal the bronchial passages.
- Gargle regularly with sage tea to disinfect the mouth, and use sage inhalations to reduce inflammation.
- To help alleviate and disinfect dry air passages add 10 drops of tea tree oil to a bowl of hot water or vaporize and leave in the bedroom overnight. Essential oils are very concentrated. They must not be placed close to a baby’s bed as inhalation can cause an enlarged liver.
- Take Echinacea to Speed Recovery as it can decrease the severity and duration of colds and flu via its antibacterial and antiviral properties. (Caution: Echinacea, a North American coneflower, used in herbal medicine, largely for its antibiotic and wound-healing properties, may worsen systemic diseases such as tuberculosis, collagen diseases like scleroderma, multiple sclerosis and immune disorders such as AIDS, HIV and lupus.)
- Add lemon and honey to fresh ginger root tea with fresh rose hips as a good vitamin C source.
- The antiviral properties of garlic often halts a cold or flu if taken soon enough, every three hours the day the symptoms first appear. Hold without chewing half a peeled garlic between the cheek and teeth for 20-30 minutes. Move it around occasionally to avoid “burning” delicate mouth tissue. If the juice is still too strong, use an uncut clove for a longer period.
- Take high dosages (1g to 6 g per day) of Vitamin C to shorten recovery time via its antioxidant effects. It is more effective if taken naturally through fruits and juices. There are no adverse effects from taking high dosages of Vitamin C but if diarrhea occurs reduce the dosage. Bioflavonoids, found mainly in brightly colored fruits and vegetables such as cherries, oranges and other citrus fruit, assist vitamin C and should be taken in conjunction.
- Vitamin A is vital to the health of mucus membranes found in the respiratory system. It can be taken in the form of beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, in higher dosages. Beta-carotene, found in dark green and yellow fruits and vegetables, acts as an antioxidant.
Protocol for Treating Cold & Flu Symptoms with Chinese Herbal Medicine
Bacteria and viruses are primarily responsible for acute respiratory diseases such as colds, flu and cough. Western medicine usually treats these conditions with antibiotic and antiviral drugs. Some over-the-counter medications relieve symptoms by drying up mucus and suppressing coughs. However, a cough and runny nose are one way in which the body cleanses itself.
Coughing is a symptom not a disease. It is important to treat the underlying cause of the cough. A dry, tickly, or irritating cough in which there is no phlegm is sometimes treated with medication to reduce the cough reflex especially in cases where the cough prevents the patient from sleeping. Coughs that produce mucous or phlegm should not be suppressed as they help the immune system fight infection.
Herbal medicines offer a time-tested alternative to standard medical practice. A well-designed herbal formula contains multiple substances that destroy harmful microbes, while supporting the immune defense system, building strength, endurance, and protecting intestinal flora.
Clinical experience shows that 80% of patients who rely on these herbal formulas succeed in avoiding or quickly curing colds and flu. Treating colds or flu in the earliest stages improves the possibility of avoiding full-blown symptoms.
Are you suffering form a cold or a flu?
When using the following herbal formulas you must ask the question: Am I suffering from an exterior (Head Cold) or interior condition (Flu). Where are you in the process... Do we treat the surface or the deep level? Check the signs and symptoms of colds and flu if you are not sure or consult your Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialist.
The four pack Herbal Home Pharmacy for Colds and Flu includes the following Chinese Herbal Formulas: Self Defense, Attack 1, Attack 2, and Cough.
Self Defense Formula (Preventive)
Take at the first sign of colds and flu as a preventative measure. Works extremely well for protection when traveling on public transportation or when exposed to people with obvious symptoms.
Dosage: 2 to 3 capsules when symptoms first appear. Take 2-3 capsules 1-3 times per day or until symptoms resolve. If symptoms worsen take Attack 1 or Attack 2 depending on the signs and symptoms.
The Self-Defense Formula strengthens the body’s Wei Qi or protective shield. If person suffers from a weakened immune system he/she can take Self-Defense in lower dosages combined with the Natura-Immune Formula. We usually wait 30 minutes between formulas. Natura-Immune strengthens the body's immune system without creating heat.
Please note that relieve surface formulas such as Self-Defense may drive pathogens deeper into the lungs if taken at an advanced stage of a cold or flu. If in doubt about how to use theses formulas consult with your Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialist.
Attack 1 Formula (See Head Cold symptoms)
For typical seasonal cold symptoms such as head/sinus congestion with pronounced yellow or green mucus and minor chest congestion.
Dosage: 2-4 capsules every 3-4 hours between meals until symptoms are relieved, reducing dosage as symptoms improve.
Attack 1 can be taken continuously for up to ten days. By then (usually in 1-5 days), the symptoms will have either changed or gone deeper into the system (commonly the lungs). This would call for a different formula (such as the Cough Formula, for a chronic dry cough or a cough with yellow mucus, or the Attack #2 Formula)
Attack 2 Formula (See Flu symptoms)
A a cold formula which requires the presence of heat emanating from an infectious condition usually in the lungs. It can also be used for feverish or systemic bacterial or viral infections, or to help manage conditions such as: mononucleosis, HIV, mumps, strep throat, non-specific feverish conditions & difficult to treat bacterial infections (pneumonia).
Dosage: 2-4 capsules every 3-4 hours between meals until symptoms are relieved. Reduce dosage as symptoms improve.
(If you can not determine if you should use Attack 1 or Attack 2, use Attack 1. You must be aggressive with dosage of Attack 1 & 2 formulas as the cold and flu viruses are virulent. Use a higher dosage to start to kick immune system into gear.)
Cough Formula (Full out cough)
The Cough Formula can be used at an early stage of a cold or flu if you feel the pathogen is moving into the lungs. This formula opens the lungs and circulates Qi, and helps prevent the appearance of heat. This formula is usually used for a productive wet cough with yellow or green phlegm and tightness in the chest. This formula can also be used if the condition becomes chronic, and the cough evolves into a dry cough.
Dosage: 2-4 capsules 1 to 4 times a day. Take one of the doses at bedtime and another during the night if needed. Reduce dosage as symptoms improve.
If required, you may take the Cough Formula with Attack 1 (if you feel the pathogen is moving into the lungs) or Attack 2 (Coughing up yellow/green phlegm). Allow 30 minutes between formulas.
- At the early stages of a cold promote sweating by taking hot baths, hot foot-baths and other heat therapies. Keep the feet warm at all times. Low body temperature decreases resistance to viruses and bacteria, while heat burns up and destroys the virus. Drink a cup or more if hot diaphoretic herbal tea, take a hot bath or shower, drink more tea, then cover yourself in blankets and sweat. Do not sweat to the point of exhaustion. After sweating, change damp bedding and rest. The treatment can be repeated twice daily. When diaphoresis does not work, a deeper condition likely exists. Sweating is counterindicated for people suffering from a chronic condition that has weakened the immnue system.
- A five-minute hot mustard pack on the chest is excellent to bring down fever, eliminate toxins and speed healing. Apply once and if needed repeat every other day for a week.
- Personal hygiene during flu epidemics is important. Regular toothbrushing, mouth rinsing, hand washing, dry shoes and plenty of fresh air will help prevent infection.
- Build a strong immune system in summer, before the cold, wet season starts. Daily short cold showers followed by a hot shower are excellent to build up resistance to bacteria and virus.
- Air the sick room frequently - a cool room is better than a heated one, provided the patient is covered and kept warm in bed.
- Mild walking in fresh air every day for twenty minutes can help shorten the duration of the cold by strengthening the body’s resistance.
- Wash your hands often during the day
- Always hold a tissue in front of the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, to avoid spreading the germs into the air.
- Use disposable tissue only and flush away or take the garbage outside of the living quarters to prevent spreading the virus.
It is important to completely recuperate from a cold or flu as there can be serious after-affects to the kidneys, pancreas and abdominal organs. It can cause pneumonia or the acute deterioration of a chronic liver condition.
Acupuncture and acupressure treatments cannot cure a cold or a flu, but they can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections, shorten the length of the illness and help prevent a reoccurrence.
One of the main theories supporting acupuncture as a treatment of colds and the flu is the concept of Wei Qi. Wei Qi acts as a barrier protecting and defending the body against foreign pathogens, which can cause illness and disease. When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy. When the Wei Qi is weak, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to outside invaders such as germs, viruses and bacteria.
If the Wei Qi or protective barrier is compromised by an attack from a strong exterior pathogen or from a weakened immune system we get sick.
Acupuncture and acupressure support and strengthen the systems of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi. By building the supply of Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it throughout the body, the body’s organs and meridian system become strong, enhancing their ability to effectively fight off illness and disease.
Acupoint BL 36, called Bearing Support, is especially good for stimulating the body’s natural resistance to colds and flu. Located near the spine, off the tips of the shoulder blades, BL 36 is where wind and cold enter the pores of the skin. This is why the muscles in the upper back area tend to get tense before a cold or flu takes hold.
Potent acupoints for relieving Colds & Flus
The following acupoints can be stimulated manually or with acupuncture needles to help fight of common symptoms of colds and flu.
Gathered Bamboo (BL2)
Located in a depression on the eyebrow, where the bridge of the nose meets the medial end of the eyebrows, this point relieves colds, sneezing, sinus congestion, frontal headaches, tired eyes, as well as pain and stiffness of the neck.
Great Crevice (ST 3)
Located at the bottom of the cheekbone, eyes looking directly forward, directly below the pupil, this point relieves stuffy nose, head congestion, burning eyes, eye fatigue, and eye pressure.
Welcome Fragrance (LI 20)
Located just outside each nostril, in the naso-labial groove, this point relieves nasal congestion, sinus pain, sneezing, redness of the eyes, and facial swelling.
Pool at the Crook (Li 11)
Located at the outer end of the elbow crease, this point relieves cold symptoms, fever, diarrhea, dizziness, vomiting, and elbow pain. It strengthens the immune system.
Joining Valley (Li 4)
Located on the back of the hand, at the mid point of the second metacarpal bone, at the highest point of the bulge of the muscle, this point regulates the defensive Qi, relieves chills and fever, copious sweating, colds, flu, head congestion, constipation and headaches. Counter Indicated for Pregnancy.
Wind Pool (GB 20)
Located below the base of the skull, in the hollows on both sides, two to three inches apart depending on the size of the head, this point relieves headaches, head congestion, dizziness, arthritis, neck pain and irritability.
Palace of Wind (GV 16)
Located at the midline at the nape of the neck, in the hollow under the base of the skull, this point relieves head congestion, red eyes, mental stress, shivering with sweating, headache, dizziness, swelling and pain of the throat, and still neck.
Hall of Impression - Yintang (GV 24.5)
Located directly between the eyebrows, in the indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the center of the forehead, this point calms the Shen, relieves headaches, dizziness, head congestion and stuffy nose.
Shu Mansion (KID 27)
Located in the hollow below the collarbone next to the breastbone, this point relieves chest congestion, cough, wheezing, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulties and sore throats.
Qi Gong for Respiratory Diseases
Qi Gong helps prevent respiratory disease by strengthening the air passageways, lungs and the heart as well as the Wei Qi or body’s protective energy.
1. Standing Meditation
Standing feet hip shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, weight 70% on heels. Inhale 70% of respiratory capacity expanding the abdomen. Exhale 100% dropping the chest towards the abdomen. Smile from the heart. Be peaceful and relaxed. On inhalation count to seven. On exhalation count to 10. Repeat 30 times.
2. Swallowing Saliva (Pill of Immortality)
Click the left row of teeth lightly - 18 times
Click the right row of teeth lightly - 18 times
Click all teeth together lightly - 18 times
Inhale slowly through a small opening in the the lips, gather the saliva and swallow following it down to the center of the abdomen. Pause for a moment. Repeat inhaling air, gathering and swallowing the saliva 6 times.
3. Using Acupressure to Open the Sinuses
While you breathe in, apply pressure with the index fingers to Large Intestine pressure points (LI 20) situated lateral to the nasal passages. Release the pressure while exhaling. Do this 12 times. Repeat the same procedure for acupoints ST 3 and BL 2.
Rub the nose with the index fingers in a downward direction from the mid eyebrow point to the end of the outside part of the nose from 50 times with natural breathing.
4. Press “Tin Dat” or Window of Sky Point - CV 22 to Clear the Throat
Good for all throat disorders. Useful for upper chest Qi/Stagnation issues. Asthma, wheezing, dry cough, bronchitis, pain in upper chest & tightness.
- Place middle fingers of both hands one over the other on the “Tin Dat” pressure point.
- Inhale and open chest. Place the tongue between the front teeth. Exhale strongly applying pressure on CV 22. While exhaling pronounce the healing sound Thaa. The TH sound vibrates the nose. The AA sound vibrates the lungs. Repeat 9 times.
(If you do not feel comfortable with this movement, do not do it.)
5. Opening the Heart and Lung Meridians
Let the left arm float upward to shoulder height at a 45 degree angle from the centre of the body.
Rotate the forearm so the palm and fingers are facing backwards. Push the arm back opening the lung and heart meridians. Palms facing forward bring the arms back to the centre line and back down to the side of the body. Do the same movement with the opposite hand.
Do the same movement but with both hands at the same time. When the arms move back to the front of the body imagine you are holding a beach ball, bringing it down to the hips. Repeat 3 to 6 times.
Lift palms upward shoulder level to the front of the chest palms facing body while breathing in gently through the nose. Extend the forearms outward palms facing up into a ‘T’. Turn the palms downward and let the arms drop next to the sides of the body. Tap the upper thighs with the palms vigorously 3 times. Repeat 6 to 9 times.
Lift the arms up the front of the body to shoulder height. Inhale opening the arms to a “T”, expanding the center of the chest outward. Exhale, closing arms to front letting the chest drop. This exercise is like squeezing water out of a cloth. Repeat 9 to 18 times.
Visualize stagnant energy moving out of the heart and lungs as the arms move outward on inhalation. Visualize energy moving into the heart and lungs as the palms move closer to the chest on exhalation. After the required repetitions, bring the arms back to the “T” Stance and down to the sides of the body.
6. Clear out the Lungs
Inhale quickly and strongly through the mouth. Exhale, with the healing sound SSSAAAYYY imagining you are pushing the cold out of every pore of the body. Inhale strong energy, exhale out toxic energy. Repeat 50 times
7. Harmonizing Lungs and Lower Dantien
Pound the navel and lower back alternately with loosely closed fists. Repeat 10 to 30 times. Exhale strongly on contact. Continue movement but shift one hand to slapping the shoulder region, while the other continues to pound the lower back. Switch sides. Repeat 10 to 30 times each.
8. Cleansing and Harmonizing Lung Qi
While rotating the trunk from left to right and back again, shift the weight of the body from one leg to the other. Breathe in with the body weight on one leg and out with the body weight on the other leg.
The weight of the body on the left leg, rotate the trunk to the right side. Drop the right hand down to the side of the body. The other hand is shoulder height palm facing the chest at a downward angle.
As the body rotates to the left, the right hand lifts up to shoulder height to the front of the body, extended fully.
Repeat the same movement on the opposite side, the left hand dropping to the side and the right hand lifting to the front of the chest. Coordinate breath with the shifting of the body weight from one foot to the other.
Repeat 30 to 50 times.
9. Shaking Method with Cleansing Breath
Everyone has tired energy. The shaking method helps to dislodge stagnant Qi and separate good and bad Qi. Make sure every area of the body shakes. The body will warm up if done properly.
Drop hands down to side of body. Bounce lightly, bending and extending knees shaking the whole body. Practice shaking method for 5 minutes.
While shaking, relax each part of the body:
a) Eyebrows; Sides of Head; Shoulders; Elbows; Wrists; Fingers; Middle Finger
b) Throat; Chest; Abdomen; Reproductive Organs; Center of Perineum; Hip Joints; Knees; Ankles; Toes; Big Toe
c) Back of Head; Upper Back; Lower Back; Tail Bone; Back of Knees; Hells; Center of Feet
At end of method, visualize breathing in through crown of head into abdomen, and breathe out stagnant Qi out the legs and feet deep into the earth. Repeat 6 times.
- Bring mind to center of abdomen. This will bring Qi to the abdomen.
Bring feet together.
Collect Qi to lower abdomen placing palms over navel area. Ladies: right hand under, left over. Men: left hand under right over.
- Massage lower abdomen in a spiral movement 9 times in each direction.
Rub hands together 9 times
Place palms over face, breath in, wipe over face to sides and back of head while breathing out. Repeat 6 times.
- Bend fingers, brush back hard from eyebrows to back of head along the center line of the head. Repeat 3 times.
- Collect Qi to navel, relax and SOONG head to toes 3 to 6 times.
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