Top TCM style tip. WEAR A SCARF. It hides any unwanted neck hair and looks faaaabulous with this season’s Boho chic style. That’s not the real reason why, silly! Wear a scarf to cover up your wind points.

You probably never knew you had wind points. According to TCM, wind is how pathogens can enter our body. It disrupts the balance of the body, leading to illness. (And you thought wind was something that could just exit your body.)

Think of your body as your home. If there are cracks in the windows and walls, wind can enter and make it difficult to regulate the temperature and the environment inside of the home.   Wind does the same thing to your body. External wind can bring on the common cold or flu. Have you ever noticed a stiff neck and/or upper back when you are starting to feel sick? It’s at the location of these points.

“The Yellow Emperor’s Classic”, the authoritative text on Chinese Medicine dating back over 2,000 years, says that “Pathogenic wind is the root of all evil.” Wind is also called “the thief of a thousand disguises, and the Chariot for One Hundred and One Evils.” This wind is a serious thing! That’s because it is how illness can enter the body.

Here are 3 acupoints, know as the “wind points,”  that are used to expel pathogenic wind.  They are also the points that should be protected by a scarf to avoid attack of wind.  You can massage these points when you exposed to germs or feel like you are coming down with something.

San Jiao 17 (SJ17)- Shielding Wind – In the indentation behind the ear lobe.Dispels wind and cold, clears heat, transforms phlegm, clears sensory orifices, benefits ears.Treats ear disorders, hypertension, heaviness of head, blurred vision, temporomandibular pain,

Gallbladder 20 (GB 20) – Wind Pool- Run finger from behind ear to base of skull, after the first prominent bump, your finger will fall into a hollow, which is between 2 major neck muscles.Releases exterior conditions, dispels wind, subdues liver yang.Treats hypertension, common cold, body aches, insomnia, vertigo, dizziness, stiff neck and shoulder, trigeminal neuralgia

Du 16- Wind Palace – In the hollow at center of the back of the head, just below the base of the skull.Benefits and clears the brain. Dispels wind.Treats common cold, sinusitis, headache, dizziness, seizures, mania, aphasia due to stroke, neck stiffness. (IFp. 286)

And I like to add one more point in there that I have found to be clinically relevant when treating illness:

Gallbladder 21 (GB21)- Shoulder Well – Located at the highest point of the shoulder muscle, halfway between the midline and the highest point of the shoulder joint. 1-2 inches from the side of the lower neck.Benefits the shoulder, Clears heat, dispels wind and cold.Treats vertigo, headache, cough, chest pain with fever, difficulty breathing with profuse mucus, shoulder and back pain.

Wrap that scarf around your neck to cover up these important wind points. Especially when you’re feeling tired or vulnerable. Wrap up after an acupuncture treatment – your wind points may have been needled leaving them more open to external qi.  I like to keep a pashmina size scarf or some sort of wrap with me when I travel. Traveling is taxing on the immune system, especially if you are switching climates which leaves you more vulnerable.    I was so excited when scarves became a statement in every season. Scarves…they’re not just for winter anymore! Who knew a scarf could be so good for your health.

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