|Together We Fight SARS|
SARS is a type of transmittable respiratory disease caused by a virus that has yet to be identified. It impairs our respiratory function seriously, causing breakdown in our breathing. It is called Systematic Acute Respiratory Symptoms in scientific term, and as it moves like an invisible killer, causing deaths wherever it passes, it strikes fear in the heart of many. Many people are trying to live with it, striving to get on with their usual routine, on the other hand, as this is a highly contagious disease which can infect those within three metre radius, we cannot afford to ignore its existence. We have to be prepared to do a long and steady battle, and view the situation from a rational state of mind.
First of all, it is important for us to increase the level of our immunity. This is the most important action that we must undertake because a good immune system is the best defense we have to guard ourselves against any viral or bacterial infection. The next thing to do is to try to prevent any contact with the virus, eliminating its mode of transmission. We are giving some advice here based on chinese medical theories.
Other than the above, we strongly advise you to use vinegar to steam your residence twice every week for the purpose of disinfection. Keep your place fully ventilated, and allow fresh air to come in. You can also eat 3-5 slices of garlic raw during your daily meals, as garlic is known to possess excellent property in killing germs and expelling poisons, and will therefore be useful in SARS prevention.
Let us work towards good health, and fight SARS together!
By Ngee Ann Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre,
|Advice on Good Health: The Importance of Emotional Control|
Qi (vitality) and Xue (vigour) are the impetus and source of our body’s vitality. Any pathological changes in our body are related to Qi and Xue. There is an old saying: “When Qi and Xue balance well, no illness will come to you, but once they are off balance, we will suffer all kinds of sicknesses”. Mood is potentially influential to our health condition: a happy mood and a good attitude tend to help in maintaining a good functional condition for our internal organs, based on which we enjoy a joyful and happy life. On the flip-side, a gloomy and irritated mood, together with the inappropriate handling of stress from the society, family, daily life, work, or studies, can cause the malfunctioning of our internal organs. This in turn will be a threat to our health, or will even lead to many kinds of acute or chronic diseases. This is known as the internal injury caused by the “seven emotions” referred to in traditional chinese medical sciences.
The “seven emotions” refer to happiness, anger, worry, longing, sadness, fear, and fright. Physiologically, the seven emotions interact with each other, restrain each other at the same time, thus easing the circulation of Qi and Xue in our body, but pathologically, they also affect each another. Any imbalance of the seven emotions may upset the smooth circulation of Qi and Xue. Normally, the injury caused by each of the seven emotions produces a different syndrome. Too much happiness is harmful to the heart, which cause the loss of “Qi” in our heart. Too much anger damages the liver. Too much worry hurts our spleen, which leads to its malfunction. Too much sadness injures our lungs and too much fright injures our kidneys. With the internal organs damaged, both Qi and Xue are off balance, which causes further malfunction of our whole body. Thus, the best advice on health and longevity is to control our emotions. This allows our body and its internal organs to constantly function under good condition, and as a result be ready to resist the attack of various diseases from either within our body or from external sources. It is thus obvious that the preventive health care practice in traditional Chinese medicine is really important in maintaining good health for our body.
By Dr. Tian Xiu Ying
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