Acupuncture Treatment for Flu and Common Cold

Flu and Common Cold – Cure

Did you know that Traditional Chinese Medicine has had cures for the common cold & the flu for thousands of years?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy are second to none in their effectiveness at treating the common cold and the flu. Chinese Medicine makes a major impact in altering the extreme symptoms that accompany both the flu and the common cold.

The common cold is the most prevalent medical condition in North America, followed by low back pain. If Americans knew Chinese Medicine had a cure for the common cold my office would be full treating just that one problem, from fall to spring.

So much do the Chinese take for granted the cure for the common cold, that a group of esteemed scientists from China invited to the USA to collaborate on a number of issues vital to the health and welfare of the world ranging from nuclear physics to aerospace, medical research and treatment approaches had this to say when asked an impromptu question at a Princeton banquet in their honor. They were asked what the most notable thing about the USA was in their 2 months of visiting every research facility in the nation. “The number one thing that has impressed me the most about America is the common belief by the common person that there is no cure for the common cold.”

Treat your Flu and Common Cold – ASAP

Prompt treatment brings the most effective results when treating any form of cold or flu, and at any stage of the infection. Whether it be chills and fever, headache, sore throat, cough, congestion or once travelled to the lungs. The longer one waits to treat an infectious disease, the longer it takes to clear the pathogen. When treating cold or flu symptoms, the results are always more dramatic if the treatment begins at the earliest possible stage of the illness.

Chinese antiviral and antibacterial herbs are used in much the same way as antibiotics prescribed by your regular doctor are, and they also have a diaphoretic action which repels flu bug and the virus out of the body. Chinese herbal therapy is used very effectively to combat the infection and inflammation produced by the bug. There are also different herbal formulas for the different type of bug and symptoms you have, which would be treated with two very different sets of herbs and acupuncture techniques

Do not use Ginseng to treat the Flu or Common Cold

The same is true for nourishing herbs like ginseng. Often people make the mistake of taking ginseng when they feel a cold coming on since they have heard that ginseng is good for the immune system. Using ginseng in this case is a serious error since ginseng will powerfully feed the pathogen causing the illness, making the person feel much worse. This is traditionally known as “trapping the burglar.” If a person suspects a burglar is in the house, the worst method to take is to lock all the windows and doors, as the burglar will do more damage trying to get out. A powerful tonic herb, ginseng acts to “lock down” the exterior of the body while releasing energy in the interior. If a pathogen is already inside the body, ginseng and other stimulating tonics lock it in while simultaneously feeding it. The proper herbal treatment plan is to open the pores and push out the pathogen. There are numerous herbal formulas that “open the pores and then push the pathogen out through the pores.

Using Acupuncture to Treat the Flu and Common Cold

Acupuncture , gua sha, and moxibustion can provide immediate relief from cold symptoms and help the body expel the pathogen much faster. Needles are typically inserted into points along the meridians which have demonstrated the ability to activate immune function and also points that suppress pain and relieve colds and flu. Patients frequently experience quick relief when the point is needled.

Common Cold and Flu – Turn Around Time

Typically, 1or 2 acupuncture treatments and a week’s course of herbal medicine are all that are required for colds. If the symptoms are recognized and treated early, it is possible to fight off a cold in a day or two with acupuncture treatment and herbs.

Acupuncture Relieves Common Cold and Flu?

Acupuncture accelerates the healing process by boosting the body’s natural defenses (immune system). It also alleviates symptoms – often immediately – but requires herbal and dietary support to achieve fast & lasting results. Herbal formulas destroy both viruses and bacteria, alleviate symptoms, and push the pathogen out of the body while strengthening our immune system.

Flu Shot – Chinese Medicine Flu Prevention

Beginning a regimen of immune-enhancing herbs now can prevent illness down the road. As in many areas of our life, the best defense is a strong offense.

Does Chinese Medicine Succeed Where Modern Medicine Fails?

The reason that Chinese Medicine experiences much greater success treating the common cold, flu, and similar conditions has to do with the nature of the medicine itself. Western medicine concerns itself primarily with killing germs and controlling symptoms, but antibiotics do not work on viruses. Chinese Medicine’s primary concern is maintaining a state of balance within the human organism and in relationship to the outside environment. Once you have achieved this, your resistance to illness will be sufficient to keep you from contracting a cold or flu. We are all exposed to viruses all the time, and mostly the people who get sick have been under a lot of stress, are over-fatigued, have allergies, or are out of balance.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are effective for prevention and treatment of colds and flu because they adjust this energetic balance, strengthening your immune system. People that receive regular acupuncture treatments get sick less often. If you have a cold or flu, acupuncture and Chinese medicine will help you recover more quickly.

We hear about so many people catching the flu – but in reality it is only a portion of those exposed to a virus that get sick. Why? According to Chinese medicine’s teachings, our bodies get sick when we are in a weakened state. It is only when our immune systems are weakened and our bodies are out of balance that we are vulnerable to sickness. So why not increase your resistance to getting ill naturally?

Acupuncture Immune System Boost

Your immune system is boosted when you get regular acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture strengthens the protective energy that safeguards us against colds and flu. Talk to me about a preventive protocol that I offer to help keep you well this fall and winter.

Common Cold Symptoms (early stage)

•    Hyper-sensitive to cold or drafts
•    Chills, Shivers
•    Sneeze, Cough
•    Nose Running with clear or white-watery mucus
•    No fever or slight fever
•    Body aches, Stiff neck
•    Not sweating, Not thirsty

This virus invaded the body quickly and its defensive response is to increase the body temperature in order to literally kill off the bugs.

 Early Stage Symptoms:

•    Hyper-sensitive to drafts
•    Fever (Check your forehead)
•    Sore throat, Swollen tonsils
•    Sneezing, Cough
•    Slight body aches
•    Running nose with yellow or green mucus
•    Sweating, Thirsty

Common Cold Remedy at this advanced stage

•    Rest and hydrate.
•    Cover Your head and neck.
•    You need Acupuncture and herbs not antibiotics

What if I have already had a cold for a week?

You need Acupuncture and Chinese herbs to prevent it from going into your lungs and consuming your vital force.

What if I havent shaken last month’s cold?

You need Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for lingering pathogens or pathogens caught half inside and half outside to prevent it from going into your lungs and consuming your vital force.

As a form of preventative medicine, get regular acupuncture treatments during the flu season, or the changing of the seasons. Prevention is the key. If you catch colds easily, know that studies have shown that acupuncture increases white blood cell count resulting in a boost to your Immune System. Finally, if you feel just the slightest indication of a cold invasion such as slight body aches or a scratchy throat, or if everyone around you is coming down with something, or if you have been on an aircraft, get Acupuncture and Chinese herbs immediately.

Flu Chinese Medicine

Since most colds or flu present with a number of symptoms, a combination of 2-3 formulas may be required, depending on what stage you are at and what bug is invading. Your Acupuncturist will diagnose the appropriate imbalance first and then begin immediate herbal treatment for a days and or a couple weeks, depending on the severity of the symptoms. 1-3 acupuncture treatments are usually necessary.

Antibiotics Can NOT Kill the Common Cold

Antibiotics work to kill bacteria. Antibiotics do not work on viruses because viruses are not alive. A bacterium is living. A virus is just a piece of DNA (or RNA). With a virus there is nothing to “kill,” so antibiotics don’t work on it. People with the common cold have a viral infection of the upper respiratory system. Many people still think that bacteria causes the common cold and this is probably the reason that people still visit the doctor asking for antibiotics. The belief that bacteria causes the common cold may stem from the fact that people with the common cold have symptoms that are similar to the symptoms experienced by a person with a sinus infection. Pain in the face, forehead or teeth will typically accompany a sinus infection, but not a cold. Antibiotics are effective for treating sinus infection, but not viral infections, like the common cold. Talk to me about a preventive protocol that I offer to help keep you healthy and full of energy this fall and winter.

Call Patricia Pilot L.Ac to boost your immunity (805) 636-6522.


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