If you want to stay healthy and well – think of yourself as a soft boiled egg.
The hard shell can be thought of as a defensive layer of Qi energy that surrounds you and the egg itself is you. The view in Chinese medicine is that things that affect us from outside, such as coughs colds bugs and viruses all have to attack our defensive layer of Qi energy before they can get through to us and produce symptoms of illness. It’s interesting that in Chinese medicine an allergy such as hayfever or sensitivity to dust mites is considered in the same way, as an attack through the defensive layers of our body.
There are simple steps you can take to help your defensive energy levels, called the ‘Weiqi’. Firstly look after your energy levels. If you are overworked, not resting enough or pushing yourself too hard when your energy is on empty, the first thing that will happen is that the defensive layer will weaken, leaving you more vulnerable. Chinese medicine also says that the weiqi comes from the food we eat and the air we breathe, so make sure you eat regularly and that your meals are warm, cooked and nourishing.
Acupuncture can also make a big difference in your levels of defensive weiqi. I’m a keen gardener and I love cats ( having two of my own ) so to my horror, I started to suffer badly from hayfever about 5 years ago. I even started to react to my cats! By early March my defensive layers have been compromised and I was starting to react to both the cats and any hint of pollen in the air. This is the time when it’s very handy to be an acupuncturist. I treated myself with acupuncture for a few weeks and it worked a treat! Now I’ll just need top-ups until September. I’ll be back to gardening and stroking cats in no time at all.