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Three Tips for Avoiding Colds & Flu/ Large Intestine Meridian: Removing Toxins

Posted: Feb 5th, 2013

How does the Metal element relate to keeping you healthy? And how can use this knowledge to improve your health right now?  Read below for three easy tips to build your wei qi and stay healthy this winter, plus learn about points that are often used in treating colds and flu.

Three Tips for Avoiding Colds & Flus

The Metal element is often the most puzzling to those being introduced to Five Element theory and medicine. However, it has practical applications to many aspects of health, including immunity. Metal governs an aspect of qi called wei qi (pronounced "way chee" or "way kee"). Wei qi circulates through the skin and is a protective layer of energy that safeguards us against wind and cold. The pores of our skin act like doorways through which these "external pathogens" are able to enter the body, making our muscles stiff and sore, and possibly making us more vulnerable to colds and flu.

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Large Intestine Meridian:
Releasing Toxins

During the physical exam that I do as part of every acupuncture treatment, I look for the best possible points to use during the treatment. These points are often tender and patients commonly ask why this is. The tenderness indicates a blockage or lack or good flow in the qi along the meridian and can reflect blockage in the associated organ as well. 

In the case of respiratory congestion, tender points are often found along the Large Intestine channel, or meridian. For example:
Large Intestine 20 (Welcome Fragrance) is located on the face, just lateral to the nostrils. While this point is useful for a number of conditions that may occur on the face (dermatological, neurological), it is also effective in relieving sinus and nasal congestion, as discussed in a previous newsletter, here.   


Large Intestine 11 (Crooked Pond) is found at the lateral edge of the elbow crease. Commonly used in cases of fever, this point is useful in relieving congestion that is related to flu. It also relieves signs of heat that are expressed in hives and eczema, and is very helpful in relieving shoulder pain as the channel passes through the shoulder on its way up to the head. In case of congestion related to flu, this point is extremely tender and when treated with acupuncture it has a noticeably cooling effect on the body.

 Large Intestine 4 (Joining of the Valleys) is used often for nasal congestion, but it also has a powerful effect on the mind and spirit, acting as an eliminator of toxic emotions.

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