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Help for that Stubborn Spring Cold

Imagine your life without the burden of your past or the anxiety about your future...

I can help. Donna Burick RMT, CBP, Par BP, BCC

hile we want to take each warm day, returning migratory birds, and budding plants as a sign that spring is just around the corner it’s easy to forget that cold and flu season is still in full swing (according to the Centers for Disease Control influenza infection in NC is currently widespread). Remember, a little self-care at home can help you to head off or at least reduce the severity and symptoms of cold and flu. If you feel out of sorts, like you might


be getting sick, miso soup with extra scal- lions (see simple recipe below) or a fresh ginger tea coupled with extra rest can often be enough to keep you from getting sick in the first place. If, however, you’ve missed the onset

and find yourself fully into illness here are some helpful tips to deal with the symp- toms.

If you have a cough, steep a handful

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of fresh thyme in hot water for a tea. Ad- ditional effective home remedies for cough are a teaspoon of honey (especially great for kids older than 1 year) and steeped fresh ginger and of course these can be combined for greater cough relief. If the cough is dry, stew an Asian pear (available at ethnic markets) in water over low heat with a handful of barley for about an hour, adding water as necessary, to make a soupy porridge that will break up stubborn phlegm in the chest.

Sore throat can be handily treated with a tea of fresh sage and for faster effect, dissolve salt in the hot water with sage, strain off herbs and use as a gargle to de- liver the antimicrobial effect directly to

your aching throat. Miso soup is easily made with 4 tbs

Miso (available at natural food stores) and 1/2 inch ginger root finely chopped with 5 cups water over low heat until warm, garnish with thinly sliced scallions (also called green onions) and serve. If you have more of an appetite you can add browned cabbage, carrots, celery, mushrooms, onions and garlic.

Christi De Larco has been working in pri- vate practice since 2001 and has also held faculty positions as Clinical Supervisor at the New York Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Lecturing Faculty member at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, both in New York City. Following her passion, Christi recently completed a fellowship in the Rehabilitation of Neuro- logical Conditions at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where she treated a full range of neurological conditions, including stroke and traumatic brain in- jury. Christi works extensively with tui na and acupressure bodywork and individual- ized nutritional counseling as complemen- tary therapies to acupuncture and herbs. Her areas of specialization include wom- en’s health, pain conditions, digestive and emotional disorders and neurological conditions. She is currently working at Stillpoint Acupuncture in Greensboro and is accepting new patients. Stillpoint Acu- puncture is located at 1901-Lendew Street, Greensboro. For an appointment, call 336-510-2029. For more information, visit See ad on page 12.

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