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Michale Blate

Self-treating Colds

G-Jo Point #9, Stomach Meridian Point 36.


Michael Blate is Executive Director of The G-Jo Institute, a natural health educational organization he co-founded in 1976. He is the author of more than 20 books on natural healing; and since 1978, he has appeared on nearly 2,000 radio and TV talk shows to share self-health information and techniques. For a free, illustrated special report on the healing benefits of G-Jo Acupressure, please contact: The G-Jo Institute, P.O. Box 848060, Dept. T, Hollywood, Florida 33084-0060 USA; 954-791-1562;


Self-Treating Colds

As everyone knows, colds last for seven days without treatment; but with treatment, they only last a week. However, that's a truism that isn't really true, anymore. In fact, there are at least several ways to stop the beginnings of a cold dead in its tracks. Three in particular come immediately to mind: G-Jo Acupressure ...and "Dr. Mike's Special Tonic & Wallpaper Remover."

I'll describe these - and several other "Michael-tested" cold remedies - in a moment.

What are "colds"? The word "colds" has been applied to many symptoms that come together and last, as I've said, for about a week. First and foremost, they are upper respiratory infections. Symptoms of colds and influenza typically include fever, cough, dull aches and pains, nasal congestion (catarrh), etc.

From an "energy medicine" standpoint, a cold is an allergic reaction that occurs when the lungs have suffered enough abuse to cause a "bout of cleansing" to occur. That's why we always feel somehow "cleaner and more refreshed" after a cold finally departs. An infection, yes; but an opportunistic one that only occurs when the lungs are "out of balance."

And because of this, a number of doctors of energy medicine -which would include acupuncturists, homeopaths, naturopaths and such - often suggest letting a "cold" just run its course. It's simply nature's way of saying, "Ease up on your lungs, dear friend. Make a change in your life."

The body-and-mind ("bodymind") must have a means of balancing ("cleansing" or healing) itself and purging the abundance of abuses we heap upon ourselves. Some people accomplish this through headaches or other types of recurring "pattern pains"; others cleanse themselves through periodic digestive upset. And in my own case, and apparently many others, a "cold" is the way that this natural healing response happens.

Actually, I seldom experience colds any longer since I made some important improvements in my "healthstyle." In the first place, I became a vegetarian and stopped smoking nearly a quarter-century ago. Doing that reduced my bi-monthly "colds" to something more like twice a year. Getting rid of all refined sugar and most dairy products cut those in half, some five years later.

Then the "hot shower/cold shower" technique I described to you about a year ago (take as hot a shower as you can comfortably manage, then finish with a cold shower), just about erased colds from my life, forever. It's a simple, but very effective method ...especially when you do it consistently.

The few colds that do make it through that first line of defense begin (in me) as a scratchy throat. Left untended, they progress to a terribly sore throat, then racking, productive coughing for at least half a box of Kleenex. Other sufferers have their own patterns of "doing a cold."

I have discovered, however, that there are three G-Jo Acupressure techniques which can nearly always "reverse" the process ...if I trigger them early enough. One point is on my scalp, near the crown of my head - it always becomes sensitive when a cold is about to strike. Simply triggering that point a dozen times, or so, usually does the trick.

The other two points also work well. One set of them is where the base of my skull meets the top of my neck, just to either side of the spine. Pressing and massaging around that area (when the scratchy throat tells me a cold wants to manifest itself) will reveal the tenderness that is common to most "good" G-Jo Acupressure points.

The last of these point-pairs is found on the face, just where the nostrils join the cheeks (G-Jo point #112 - see illustration). Massaging them deeply enough to cause a wincing discomfort will usually (in my case) "cancel" the itch in my throat. I find that, if I can reverse "the itch," I'll probably keep it from descending into my lungs.

Another useful technique for nipping a cold in the bud revolves around the use of ice. Take two ice cubes, put them on a plate, and set the plate on the floor. Now place the pad of each big (great) toe upon an ice cube and, keeping the toes "iced," watch TV or read for a few minutes. Here's what will happen: For the first minute, your toe-pads will feel painfully cold ...but let them stay on the ice, nonetheless.

Shortly, the pain will numb; and for the next ten or 15 minutes, it will be tolerable. On the second surge of true discomfort, remove the toes from the ice. You should feel the cold actually breaking up during that time of being "on ice."

Then there's "Dr. Mike's Tonic...." This is an absolutely amazing potion I concocted years ago (and I still have a gallon or so of it remaining). It is a tincture of cayenne - very hot cayenne - peppers and ginger, in a vodka base. An eye-dropper bottle full of this stuff lasted four of us (taking it every day) in India, our entire three-week trip. In other words, you can only handle a few drops of this at a time. But WOW!

Taken as soon as you feel symptoms such as I've described for myself (we each seem to have our own "kind" of colds), a couple of drops of "Dr. Mike's" will curl my toes, water my eyes and cure my cold in a flash. Or almost any other kind of bronchial or respiratory distress, it would seem.

But what if you've let the cold go and "do its thing"? Here, again, "Dr. Mike's" can be prescribed...if you have the stomach for it. Otherwise, a nice pot of ginger tea - well, infusion (or decoction, if you want to be totally correct) - can work literal wonders. At least, temporary wonders.

And don't forget Sanjeevini, the remarkable prayer-based method we brought back from India and which has since become one of our top, two healing modalities at The G-Jo Institute. Yes, there's a "sacred diagram" for colds and influenza. And you should add any other symptoms, as well: Fever ...headache ...constipation - just throw them in the pot.

Remember the technique? Take an eye-dropper bottle filled with water (for example) and place it atop the special "healing diagram" I've included here. Say any prayer you choose for 15 seconds, or so, then start taking a few drops of this new "medicine" you've just created for yourself.

This remarkable healing system is free for all to use. The original manual, complete with the "healing fragrance" diagrams, may be downloaded by anyone from the Internet. It is found at

However, as it was originally produced in India, much of the supplementary material will be rather unfamiliar to a Western reader. The G-Jo Institute has produced its own Sanjeevini instructional manual, complete with the same diagrams and essential information, but written with the Westerner in mind. This report is priced at $22.00 (postage included).

There are many other more-or-less "natural" cold remedies I've uncovered over the years - painting the soles of your feet with iodine...placing crushed garlic on the soles of the feet after protecting them with a layer of Vaseline (never place crushed garlic against unprotected skin - it's too "strong") ...holding ice on the nose...and dozens more. These, too, have just become available in another Self-Health Report we've published (also $22.00 postpaid).

But between the G-Jo Acupressure, the ice and "Dr. Mike's Tonic," your next cold should be a breeze...assuming you survive the cures. Be well!


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G-Jo Point #9


Michale Blate

In many ways, G-Jo Acupressure points are not unlike keys on your computer keyboard. Push one key, this happens; push another, that happens. Through a complex system of wires and signals, a little fingertip pressure far removed from the computers screen, CPU or diskdrive can make great things occur: A book produced a business deal done a letter to a friend or loved one.

If your body is the computer, and G-Jo points the keys, it can mean something even better relief from sometimes even longstanding suffering. G-Jo, the least sophisticated form of acupuncture without needles, relies on fewer than 200 of the body's more than 1200 known acupuncture points. These are the tiny spots that respond best to both self- and therapist-applied pressure which is applied in a deep, digging or goading kind of triggering.

What separates a G-Jo acupoint from all other acupoints? Two features, primarily: A broadacting quality (most G-Jo points have at least half a dozen uses); and it being easy enough to find and apply for self-treatment of various symptoms and bodily dysfunctions (many acupuncture points are difficult to find or have only a few, known uses).

There are virtually no common ailments that respond to drugstore or OTC remedies which will not respond equally well and in many cases, better to G-Jo Acupressure point stimulation, properly performed. Knowing the best point(s) for the particular symptom or ailment is, of course, important. But as mentioned in my last column, some points are better more broadacting than others, making them good first points to try. Especially if you have no idea which points to use.

Such an acupoint is G-Jo point #9. Known in Chinese as tsu san li, or Walk Three Miles, this seemingly omnipotent point is said to give an exhausted person enough energy to even walk three more (Chinese) miles (li). In acupuncture (energy medicine) terminology, G-Jo Point #9 is more commonly known as Stomach Meridian Point 36.

There are no less than four dozen(!) uses commonly ascribed to this point, ranging from constipation and bowel distress to tachycardia, prostate disorders and pneumonia. From an acupressure standpoint, this point can frequently be used in conjunction with many other points, since it has such a profound result upon the entire bodymind.

The downside: This point is rather more difficult to locate than many other G-Jo acupoints. Specifically, it will be found in the depression or trough that runs parallel to the front of the shinbone, to the outer (lateral) side of that bone, and about three body inches about the width of one hand, measured across the knuckles beyond, or distal to, the bottom of the kneecap (patella), toward the foot.

But it is buried deeply in that trough-like depression very deeply. You must normally use the bent knuckle of the pointer finger or the eraser tip of a pencil, not just light fingertip pressure, both to find and trigger the point effectively.

This point is often useful in treating eye problems, lower back distress, colds and influenza, and nearly any ailment of the gastrointestinal system. Like G-Jo Point #7 (described in last issues column), which is often used in combination with #9, the latter is a first choice for easing distress in both the internal and external sexual organs. In fact, G-Jo #9 may be used in conjunction with any other acupressure treatment for problems occurring between the toes and upper abdomen. It is the great point for indigestion.

Intestinal and peptic ulcers, pain in the middle and lower parts of the body, knee and leg problems, hip and gall bladder distress, and itchiness of the skin all tend to respond favorably to G-Jo Acupressure triggering of this point. Because of its effects upon the lower body organs, and in particular, the kidneys, people suffering from fear and stress (which is described as a nagging, low-level fear that has no apparent rationale) may find relief with point #9. In energy medicine, fearful feelings are often ascribed to imbalanced functioning of the kidneys and urinary bladder.

In short, this is a point for guts, both physically (the entire gut) and emotionally (to calm stress).

All G-Jo Acupressure is done bilaterally (that is, on either side of the body) unless the point lies atop the frontal or spinal meridian. Once you have located the point, trigger it in the deep, goading massage that separates G-Jo from most of the various other forms of acupressure.

Work the point deeply until an acupressure reaction a feeling of warmth, clamminess, perspiration, etc. occurs. But in any event, even if youre one of the few people who doesn't experience an acupressure reaction, the point need not be triggered more than a minute, or two, to produce beneficial results.

For lay use, G-Jo Acupressure is applied symptomatically that is, as soon as symptoms manifest themselves. If this is a good (effective) point, by the time you've finished triggering the spot, your symptoms should be greatly reduced or (at least temporarily) totally gone. While the target symptom(s) may eventually return, you should enjoy increasing spans of relief time, as the power of acupressure restores balance to your ailing body. And to an energy doctor, increasingly longer periods of relief indicate that healing is in process.

Unlike the blocking effects of certain pain-killers, acupressure is therapeutic. If you do not receive benefits from the process, it usually means: You are using the wrong acupressure point (keep trying others until you find one that works); you're not doing the process properly did you actually find the tiny-but-tender point, and work it deeply enough?; or your ailment may be more serious than it seems. Obviously, it's then time to take the next step and seek professional help.

This remarkably simple technique has been a mainstay of Oriental families for thousands of years. Today, the basic knowledge of using these acupressure points is one effective way of bridging the gap between the traditional wisdom of the Eastern way of healing and the marvels of Western science.

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