I received a call from my mom today, her voice filled with panic. She was worried about the high fever my dad was experiencing. And, she felt lousy too. My dad rarely ever gets sick but when he does he gets hit really hard. They both seemed to have caught a virus, but my dad’s fever was raging.
So, the opportunity to give presented itself naturally today as it seems to have since I started this 29 days of giving. I quickly suggested a few natural remedies for my parents and also recommended that my mom try an ancient Chinese healing method for alleviating fevers. It sounds hokey but it has never failed me. The method involves pressing on the fleshy part of the hand where the thumb and forefinger meet. The point is called Large Intestine 4, or LI 4. Acupuncturists use needles to activate this point, but firm pressure also works well. For anyone wanting to use this Chinese acupressure technique, firmly hold this point until the fever subsides. It may take 5 minutes or more and you may need to repeat the technique if the fever returns. Of course, you should always consult a physician when there is a fever present.
My mom tried the technique and it worked. My dad’s fever dropped quickly and he feels ready to go back to work tomorrow. So, today’s giving took the form of health advice. And, I was glad my suggestions worked.
If you’re just joining us for the Kindness Revolution, I’m doing my part (well, at least trying) to spread kindness in the world by giving 29 gifts in 29 days, inspired by the book 29 Gifts. And, I’m asking you to join me. If you’re just tuning in, check out the first blog in this series.
And, don’t forget to add your comments to my blog over the next few weeks because, with the help of the kind people at Care2.com, I’ll be giving away more free copies of my books next Saturday! Winners will be selected from the comments!
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