In TCM the back of the neck is considered the wind gate and should be covered at all times. When you are out in the cold environment it is best to cover up the neck and chest area. This is especially important if you are covered with sweat from exercising. Cool down completely and bundle up before you head out to the cold environment. This preventive measure only takes a second but a cold will last you a week or more.
When your pores are open from sweating, the wind and cold can seep into the open pores. The first sign of cold can start with neck ache or body ache and that is because of the wind lodged into the muscles causing tightness and achy-ness. This is called wind-cold (note: use the sweating method explained below). Another sign of a cold is wind-heat. The first symptom is a sore throat. A wind-heat type of cold actually starts with a wind-cold but it transform so quickly that you may not feel the cold come on and the next thing you know it turns into a heat-cold. The herbal formula Yin Qiao San is great for sore throat type of colds and it has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
Sweating method:Another thing you can do which it very effective is bundle up with many layers of clothing and wear gloves and thick socks to sweat out the cold along with taking the above cold remedies. Tip: There is only a very small window of opportunity (within a few hours of realizing you have a cold) to sweat out the cold. So when you feel it coming on bundle up and drink lots of hot liquid. If you miss this window of opportunity, unfortunately you will have to ride out the cold, but taking these remedies will help shorten the cold and help you feel better.
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