Happy multiracial senior friends drinking a tea after workout activities in a park in spring time With the arrival of the spring equinox, the world  awakens to a symphony of blooming flowers and warmer days. However, when you’re out in the wild, visiting mountains and rivers, you might face various health challenges. From respiratory conditions like asthma and the common cold (rhinovirus) to the flu, Lyme disease, gastroenteritis, strep throat, allergic conjunctivitis, and insect allergies, spring can be a tough time for many. But fear not, as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a holistic approach to prevent and manage these common seasonal ailments.



Symptoms: Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

ACA suggestions: TCM suggests avoiding allergenic foods and incorporating fresh, unprocessed foods into your diet. Air purification in living spaces and minimizing dust can also be beneficial. Exercises such as Tai Chi and specific yoga breathing techniques like diaphragmatic and alternate nostril breathing are recommended to enhance lung capacity and control symptoms​​​.


Rhinovirus (Common Cold)

Symptoms: Sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, and coughing.

ACA suggestions: Strengthening the immune system is key. TCM advises eating warm foods, avoiding cold drinks, and practicing Qi Gong to enhance vital energy. Acupuncture is good for improving immune function. Herbal remedies like ginger tea can also support immune function.


Sick young Asian woman feeling cold covered with blanket sit on bed, ill black girl shivering freezing warming at home wrapped with plaid, no central heating problem, fever temperature flu concept in spring time


Symptoms: Fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, and fatigue.

ACA suggestions: Similar to cold prevention, boosting the immune system with herbs like echinacea and astragalus is beneficial. Acupuncture may help balance the body’s qi, reducing susceptibility to flu viruses.


Lyme Disease

Symptoms: Fever, headache, fatigue, and skin rash.

ACA suggestions: Preventing tick bites is essential. TCM emphasizes boosting overall health and skin integrity with a balanced diet and herbal formulas to strengthen the body’s defenses.



Symptoms: Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dehydration.

ACA suggestions: TCM suggests maintaining a diet that supports spleen health (responsible for digestion) by consuming easily digestible, warm foods and avoiding raw or cold foods. A light liquid diet, such as rice soup and thin noodles soup, and herbal teas like peppermint and chamomile can be soothing. Drink more soups or juices containing vitamin B and vitamin C, such as fresh orange juice, tomato juice, and vegetable soup. When experiencing diarrhea, it’s essential to adhere to certain dietary restrictions to manage the condition effectively. Avoid alcohol, fatty meats, and vegetables high in crude fiber, as well as cold fruits, snacks, and beverages. These substances can exacerbate symptoms and hinder recovery.


Strep Throat

Symptoms: Sore throat, fever, and swollen lymph nodes.

ACA suggestions: Herbal teas with antibacterial properties, such as honeysuckle, can be helpful. Maintaining a warm throat environment and avoiding exposure to cold is advised.


Allergic child sneezing covering nose in spring time

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Symptoms: Itchy, red, and watery eyes.

ACA suggestions: Liver health is crucial for eye health in TCM. Consuming foods that support liver function (like leafy greens and goji berries) and avoiding allergens can prevent episodes. Eyewash made from chrysanthemum tea may also alleviate symptoms.


Insect Allergies

Symptoms: Redness, swelling, itching, and pain at the site of the insect bite or sting.

ACA suggestions: Preventing bites with natural repellents like citronella is recommended. TCM also suggests boosting the immune system to lessen allergic reactions, using herbs like quercetin for their anti-inflammatory properties.


In all cases, TCM emphasizes the importance of living in harmony with the seasons and adjusting our lifestyle and diet accordingly to prevent disease and maintain balance within the body. While TCM offers valuable preventive measures and remedies, it’s also crucial to consult with healthcare professionals, especially for serious or persistent conditions. Embracing TCM principles alongside conventional medicine can offer a comprehensive approach to enjoying a healthy and vibrant spring season.



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