Building Your Qi for Autumn with SANGHA Retreat

September 8, 2021 by Hidden Doorways

“OCTAVE TIPS” is a new column from Octave Institute, who oversees the immersive wellness retreat, SANGHA Retreat set in Suzhou, China. Learn top lifestyle tips from their wellness experts in an easy and accessible way, advising on everything from diet, breathing, sleep, exercise, mindfulness, and healing, helping to foster a happy, healthy and comfortable attitude to life and way of living.

Have you ever caught a cold in the beginning of fall? Learn traditional Chinese Medicine techniques to build Qi and Yin energy, known as vital energies, in your body and the power of activating your Yingxiang Acupoint and Fengchi Acupoint to strenghthen your immunity against colds with Dr. David Wang, a Chinese Healing Therapist at SANGHA Retreat.


Traditional Chinese medicine has a long history in regulating immunity. There have long been theoretical works on improving physical health, such as, “As long as the Qi exists in your body, the evil won’t disturb you” and “strengthening body resistance and eliminating evil” from Huangdi Neijing. Here, “the Qi” means immunity, and “strengthening body resistance ” means regulating and improving immunity.


In the critical period of changing seasons during an epidemic, how can we cope with unnecessary coughs and colds and strengthen our immunity? In this post, David Wang, a TCM rehabilitation physiotherapist, will share with us some tips on “maintaining the QI”.


01 Get to Know the Golden Acupoints: Yingxiang Acupoint and Fengchi Acupoint.

The Yingxiang acupoint is the goalkeeper of our immunity and the first line of defense, also known as the human body’s own protective cover.


Yingxiang is an acupoint on the Yangming Large Intestine Channel of Hand. It is located next to the nose and is an important acupoint for the treatment of various nose diseases. It is also at the intersection of Hand and Foot Yangming Meridians, which can clear away heat and relieve stuffy sinuses.


The Fengchi acupoint is known as the guard of human health. It contains the treasure of the human body, the medulla oblongata, or center of life.


The main function of the medulla oblongata is to regulate visceral activities. Many basic functions necessary to maintain life – such as breathing, circulation, digestion – are concentrated in the medulla oblongata, which is why it is called the “life center”.


The Yingxiang acupoint and the Fengchi acupoint are like siblings, who cooperate and interact with each other.


02 Miraculous Effect of Massaging Yingxiang Acupoint and Fengchi Acupoint

Massaging the Yingxiang acupoint until it is warm can immediately relieve cold symptoms, such as runny nose, nasal congestion, or allergic rhinitis.


Using the index finger to press the Yingxiang acupoint vertically not only makes the nose feel more comfortable but dispels cold and dehumidification, so as to enhance the ability to resist bacteria and prevent colds. Massaging the Yingxiang acupoint also improves lung health, which can prevent lung disease.


The Fengchi acupoint can dredge the meridians, dissipate wind and heat, accelerate the discharge of wind and cold in the body, promote the body metabolism, and is conducive to the treatment of wind-heat cold, dizziness, deafness, rhinitis, Qi closure, nose bleeding and other symptoms.


Therefore, the Yingxiang acupoint and the Fengchi acupoint are the golden acupoints to relieve cold symptoms during the changing of the seasons.


03 Massage Method

The Yingxiang acupoint is located on the face, 1cm from where the outer edges of the nose meet the cheeks. There are Yingxiang acupoints on the left and right sides of the face, and you might feel a slight swelling sensation when you press there.


Place the fingertip of the index finger on the Yingxiang acupoint and rotate to massage while inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. Massage both right and left acupoints for one to three minutes at a time, once every morning and evening.


The Fengchi acupoint is about 2cm above the hairline at the back – at the lateral depression of the two meridians – about level with the earlobe. The Fengchi acupoint is a double acupoint, with one on both sides symmetrically.


Gently press the Fengchi acupoint with both thumbs for 10 to 30 minutes every day.



SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute
199 Yang Cheng Ring Road
Jiangsu Province 215000
Suzhou, China

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