Protecting one’s health after a common flu


Jul 2020

Protecting one’s health after a common flu


Flu is a type of exogenous disease that stems from pathogenic influences, affecting the primary functions of the lungs, presenting major clinical manifestations such as nasal congestion, sneezing, headache, chills and fever, and fatigue.

Due to the differences in climate and individual’s constitution, there are various clinically-proven symptoms like pathogenic wind-cold and pathogenic wind-heat, pathogenic heat-dampness. During the course of diseases, symptoms can be interchanged, transformed, and intertwined. Individuals who are older/weaker/post-illness/postnatal, repeatedly catching the flu will be different compared to the general population.

The prognosis is generally positive. However, for certain groups of people, the flu can trigger or worsen other chronic ailments and potentially lead to serious repercussions. This group includes the elderly, the young, and those with weaker immune systems.

To reduce the risk of flu, individuals can look to exercise more regularly, to improve the body’s ability to adapt to changes in weather.

They should also cater to their outfits according to weather changes i.e. wearing thicker clothing/more layers in cold weather and thinner/fewer layers in hot weather. Moreover, individuals should avoid close contact with flu patients to protect themselves from the virus.

During the flu season, preventive medication can largely reduce the probability of contracting the virus. Effective medication includes Guan Zhong(Dryopteris crassirhizoma Nakai), Da Qing Ye(Folium Isatidis), Ban Lan Gen(Radix Isatidis), Ya Zhi Cao(Herba Commelinae), Huo Xiang(Herba Pogostemonis), Pei Lan(Herba Eupatorii), Bo He(Herba Menthae), Jing Jie(Herba Schizonepetae).

However, the type of medication is dependent on seasonal and weather changes.

Spring and Winter: Guan Zhong(Dryopteris crassirhizoma Nakai), Zi Su(Folium Perillae), Jing Jie(Herba Schizonepetae)

Summer: Huo Xiang(Herba Pogostemonis), Pei Lan(Herba Eupatorii), Bo He(Herba Menthae)

Fall: Ban Lan Gen(Radix Isatidis), Da Qing Ye(Folium Isatidis), Ju Hua(Flos Chrysanthemi), Jin Yin Hua(Flos Lonicerae)

Other day-to-day ingredients that are useful in preventing the flu are onions, garlic, and vinegar.

When down with the virus, individuals should have plenty of rest, consume more water, and tailor their diet to consist of more vegetarian and watery dishes. Individuals should also avoid greasy food that is difficult to digest.

Resting areas should be well ventilated but not exposed to direct wind.

When concocting medication, the time taken should be short to preserve the nutritional value of the herbs.

After consuming the medication, if an individual is not perspiring, he/she can consume hot porridge or use a blanket to promote perspiration. Lastly, it is important to change into a set of clean and dry clothing to prevent contracting the flu again.



Physician Guo Yuan

Education: Clinical Medicine of Shenyang Medical College, Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Owned: Registered Medical Practitioners in China, Registered TCM Practitioners in Singapore

Treatment: Focus on the treatment of digestive dysfunction, insomnia, irregular menstruation, eczema, urticaria, and other skin diseases. Acupuncture treatment for neck and shoulder syndrome in the office, low back pain in the elderly is effective. 

国源 医师

专治:对于调理脾胃功能紊乱,失眠,妇女月经不调,湿疹荨麻疹等皮肤相关疾病的诊治颇有研究。对于针灸治疗Phy. Guo Yuan 国医师

中背景:沈阳医学院临床医学 、新加坡中医学院 高级文凭