An Immunity Toolkit over 2,500 Years in the Making

June 12, 2020

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Ready or not, the world is reopening after COVID-19 sheltering, so here are some tips inspired by acupuncture and Chinese medicine to accompany your masks and sanitizers.

With over 37,000 acupuncturists in the U.S. and more Americans augmenting their health and wellness routines with the 2,500-year-old practice of the Chinese medicine, it’s no surprise that this powerful modality provides solutions for boosting immunity. As the States begin to slowly reawaken, DAO Labs wants to keep you safe and healthy with simple lifestyle changes that embrace the heritage and power of this practice.

“Whenever your grandmother told you to close the window because you might catch a cold from a “draft,” she was speaking in a language very similar to that of Chinese medicine—she was actually talking about your qi,” said our Chief Chinese Medicine Officer, Dr. Eric Karchmer, Phd, LAc. “The current situation embraces a similar theme: as we head outside again, we want to be thoughtful of this important concept. In addition to masks and hand sanitizers, there are simple ways that you can incorporate ancient practices into your immunity routines rather simply—with powerful results,” he added.

A figure meditating in front of a lotus flower and two celestial bodies.

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Four Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Recommendations to Incorporate into Your Immunity Routine

  1. Acupressure Points to Increase Immunity: Acupressure is like acupuncture, in that you’re placing “pressure” on a certain point to elicit a response within your body. As with acupuncture, you are stimulating internal energy. To boost immunity, you’ll want to place pressure along acupuncture point #36, which is described as “four finger widths below the kneecap and about roughly one finger width lateral to the edge of the tibia.” Many might find tenderness in the area when pressure is applied and the area massaged. It’s one of the most widely used points in acupuncture, and helps boost immunity. We recommend applying acupressure around this point both when you might feel something coming on, as well as preventatively. Gently press and hold, several times a day.

  2. A Powerful Herbal Combination: Chinese herbs are an important component of most acupuncturists’ toolkits, and they are consumed widely throughout the world. One particular formula stands out for immunity: Yu Ping Feng San is a combination of three simple herbs that is as popular today with Chinese medicine practitioners as it was when it was first created nearly 750 years ago. Among the three herbs is astragalus root which is used extensively for its preventative immunity boosting powers. DAO Labs offers a version of this formula for western consumers, combining the herbs with a refreshing pear-ginger flavor that you add to your water bottle.

  3. Keep Your Neck Covered to Protect Your Qi: Acupuncturists’ and Chinese medicine practitioners’ number one travel accessory? A scarf. In Chinese medicine theory, there are two predominant kinds of evil qi, or pathogens that enter our system—warm pathogens and cold pathogens. Cold pathogens enter the body through the nape of the neck. Therefore, it is particularly important that you keep your neck covered when outside in cold, damp, or windy weather, or if you sit in a drafty area at work or home—or even if you are in air conditioning. The solution: keep a scarf handy and wear it liberally (much like you would a mask when venturing outside).

  4. Cooking Recommendations Using Chinese Dietary Therapy: In Chinese medicine theory, your immune system is called your wei qi, and it needs to be supplied with clean air, water, exercise and nutritious food to ensure that external forces do not cause illness or impair the body’s ability to heal itself. While Chinese dietary therapy can be complex, by simply consuming “warmer foods” and embracing a liquid-based diet of vegetable or grain-based soups, you’ll provide your body of nutrients that are easier to digest without being too filling or heavy. When in doubt, add ginger as well!

DAO Labs‘ vision of making the ancient modality of Chinese herbal medicine more accessible remains as relevant and important today as when the world turned to this powerful practice during prior health crises. Working through a network of global acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners we’ve created a line of on-the-go formulas that, while looking and feeling like Western solutions, embrace the 2,500 year heritage of this powerful practice. The herbs are sourced in Asia but blended, packaged and third-party tested in the U.S. for both safety and authenticity, setting a new standard in Chinese herbal medicine.

Our aforementioned cofounder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric Karchmer, Phd, LAc, MD (China) develops DAO Labs proprietary herbal formulas. As a respected academic thought leader and practitioner of Chinese medicine, Eric designs the most efficacious mix of herbs to bring balance to the mind, body and spirit. In addition to teaching at Appalachian State University, he practices Chinese medicine (acupuncture and herbs) at his clinic in Boone, North Carolina.

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