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Traditional Chinese Medicine: Home relief tips for respiratory health |01 June 2021

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Home relief tips for respiratory health

Photo source: American Heart Association

In today's article, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, Chantal Hellevig-Lailam, shares her knowledge and advice to those interested, on how to naturally boost the respiratory system for issues arising from bacteria or viruses, to relieve asthma and allergies, and to help prevent catching the flu.

Mrs Hellevig-Lailam studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in China for seven years. She is a co-owner of the Traditional Chinese Medicine centre of Seychelles and is based in Finland, Helsinki, where she runs her own clinic, the Meridian Care of Finland.

Home Relief Tips

  1. Always stay hydrated. A minimum of 8 glasses / 2 litres of water a day is recommended.
  2. Exercise regularly. Gentle walking or swimming 3 to 4 times a week can help to ensure good blood circulation and a smooth flow of Qi energy in your body (according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi is the vital energy that circulates through the body at all times).
  3. Get adequate sleep. Have at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night to recharge the body.
  4. Have a balanced diet. Avoid too much spicy, fried and oily foods to prevent one from getting heaty (a state where there is too much heat inside the body according to Traditional Chinese Medicine). Avoid cold icy drinks; it is best to have warm or room temperature drinks.
  5. Ensure that you get an adequate intake of fibre-rich foods to ensure smooth bowel movement.
  6. Try to include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. 



Mrs Hellevig-Lailam also recommends the following Traditional Chinese acupressure therapy tip which she says can help to unblock the nose and stagnation in the upper body, to tonify Qi energy, to strengthen immunity and to relieve pain.


Press and massage point LI 4, as shown in the picture which is located at the highest point of the muscle when the thumb and index finger are held together. Use the tip of your finger to massage firmly downward and holding for 30 seconds. Release and repeat several times during the day and remember to drink warm water afterwards. Do this on both hands. (*Do not press if you are pregnant).

“Traditional Chinese medicine is actually well known as a preventive therapy,” says Mrs Hellevig-Lailam, “and with a stronger immune system, one will be less susceptible to falling sick. The tips I have shared is for everyone, young and old, and I encourage you to remember them daily. I wish you all the best of health.”

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