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Kids’ coughs, colds may last weeks but don’t need drugs – from Medscape

An interesting article about  kids’ coughs and colds.


For the actual research paper, click here.

Traditional Chinese Medicine 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), colds are due to imbalance of relative strengths between pathogens and a person’s immunity (called as Wei Qi – Protective Qi – in Chinese). If pathogens are relatively too strong for the person’s immunity, the person will develop symptoms.

If the person’s immunity is relatively too weak for the pathogens, the person will also manifest symptoms. If I’m allowed to simplify, biomedical approach to colds can be thought to try to weaken the strength of the pathogen (if the medication is the right kind) or to relieve the symptoms.

On the other hand, TCM approach can be thought to strengthen the person’s Wei Qi. Therefore both have their place. The matter is when you need which one.

My Suggestion…

  1.  At the beginning of a pathogenic attack, try to boost the person’s Wei Qi by resting (sleep more, work less, and no exercise), good nutritive foods (warm and succulent soups and teas with lots of garlic, ginger, and cinnamon) and acupuncture.
  2. If the battle is giving way to the pathogen, try to weaken the pathogen with herbs or relieve symptoms with medications.

For a great website regarding natural remedies vs. antibiotics, click here

Losing the Battle

Now how do we know if the person, especially a child, is losing the battle?
The commonly used measurement is a high temperature. However the high temperature is the evidence of the body’s Wei Qi still in battle against the pathogen and therefore it should not be suppressed unnecessarily in TCM.

My Recommendation…

  • Watch his or her sleep pattern. If he/she sleeps reasonably OK, his/her Wei Qi is doing fine.
  • Some will say when a child has fever, he/she cannot sleep well, so ‘the same thing’. No, it’s not the same.
  • If the child wakes up to cough but falls asleep again easily, the child can restore his/her Qi during the night and can defend him/herself well.
  • Usually it is her/his mother (or father)  who cannot go back to sleep, worries and feels like they have ‘had enough’.


Support the parents. Take turns in looking after the sick child (Mom’s turn one night, dad’s next night, etc.).


Acupuncture Helps Maintain Your Health

Recently NZ Herald had an article about the benefits of Acupuncture treatment to maintain the health.

Click here to read the article from NZ Herald.

Ten Traditional Symbols of Longevity featured in the Chimney in Kyung Bok Palace in Seoul, Korea

The original image is from 

The Essence of Acupuncture


Acupuncture is an ancient oriental form of medicine which has been practiced in China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and many other eastern countries for the last 3000 years. It is used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions and has recently been accepted in western countries as well.

Acupuncture is known to be a ‘holistic medicine’ since it looks at a patient as the whole and unique individual considering his/her physical, emotional, and spiritual states, as well as constitution, body type, family history, diet, environments, stress levels, and life style, and treats not only the disease but also the person.

Acupuncture is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’ and often translated as Life Force Energy) and its pathways called Jing Luo (often referred as channels or meridians).