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Boost Your Immunity System With TCM And Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

COVID-19: A Singapore Experience

The coronavirus – COVID-19 – outbreak may be slowing in China, but it is accelerating worldwide with at least 50 countries confirming infections. On February 7, the Singapore government raised the DORSCON (Disease Outbreak Response System Condition) Yellow to DORSCON Orange, which caused a massive panic buying among Singaporeans amid growing fears over COVID-19. The DORSCON is a colour-coded framework which shows the current disease situation.

With surgical masks, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer gels and immunity-boosting supplements flying off the shelves, it is important to know tips on how to improve your immunity during this crucial period. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) advocates ‘prevention is better than cure’ and has long valued preventive medicine above emergency disease intervention. Besides taking precautionary measures such as frequently washing your hands and maintaining personal hygiene, there are many ways you can improve immunity with TCM.

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Immunity from the TCM Perspective

From the TCM perspective, your body needs to be in harmony with the external environment to prevent illnesses. Within the body, your zang fu organs also need to be well-balanced for prevention of diseases. Anybody can be exposed to the same virus but exposure alone does not always lead to illness – a person with a weaker or compromised immune system is more likely to fall sick after exposure.

TCM believes the immunity of a person is dependent on the Zheng Qi (healthy energy) which acts as the body’s natural resistance against harmful viruses and bacteria. The lung system is responsible for circulating qi to the body surface as this Zheng Qi. When Zheng Qi is strong, you are in a pink of health and do not fall sick easily. Likewise, when your Zheng Qi is weak, you fall sick easily and take a longer time to recover. Therefore, boosting the Zheng Qi becomes the key to power up our immunity

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Getting at least 7 hours of quality sleep

Good quality sleep time can contribute to many aspects of physical and mental well-being. Getting adequate good-quality sleep each night is also essential if we want to stay healthy and function well throughout the day. During sleep, the immune system releases proteins called cytokines which can protect against inflammation or infection. True enough, TCM advocates a proper work-rest balance to make sure your body recharges and internal harmony is maintained. Experts recommend adults to have at least seven to eight hours of quality sleep every night. TCM further recommends the ideal time to sleep in accordance with the meridian clock is from 11 pm when the body regenerates and heals best. 

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Boost your lung health with simple TCM herbs

There are some Chinese herbs which you can include in your daily diet to strengthen your lung health. Lily bulb is used to provide moisture to the lung and treat respiratory disorders such as coughing and sore throat. It works to balance the heat from the lungs and relieve the heart fire by calming the nerves. White fungus is another herb that can moisten and clear the lungs. It is very suitable for persons with lung qi or yin deficiency. These two herbs can be easily incorporated into dessert and congee recipes for a health boost!

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Manage your emotions well

Emotional well-being is an integral part of health in the TCM model. As the situation relating to COVID-19 continues to unfolds, including news reports, travel restrictions, economic downturn and concerns for your own and your loved ones’ health, people can experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions. It is important to manage your stress and anxiety and maintain your day-to-day normal activities and routine whenever possible. Engage in activities that can allow you to destress if you are feeling overwhelmed – physical exercise, healthy eating and doing things you enjoy. Seek a listening ear, while spending some time with family and friends, can also provide comfort and stability to your emotions.

Which immunity-boosting supplements should I choose?

All Link Cordyceps & American Ginseng Capsules

They consist of high quality Cordyceps mycelia and American ginseng which are used intensively in TCM for invigorating vital energy and relieving stress. These herbs can boost overall qi and improve qi circulation to rejuvenate the body, relieve fatigue and support a healthy immune system.

All Link Lingzhi Cracked Spores Powder Capsules

They are made from high broken Lingzhi spores, using advanced special biological science and technology. This form of cracked Lingzhi spores can be more easily absorbed by the human body. Lingzhi is a type of fungi which effectively enhances immunity and improves energy levels and blood circulation. It is also recommended for all ages.

All Link Wild Lingzhi Capsules

They are made from extracts of strictly selected, natural wild Ganoderma (Lingzhi) and ginseng, using scientific extract technology. It contains both Lingzhi and Ginseng which can maintain general health while boosting energy levels. Usage of both herbs can achieve a combined effect of a higher potency of the supplement. This product is ideal tonic for people who sleep late and needs a boost of energy throughout the day.