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Healing a cold or flu with Acupuncture

Many times, I get clients that call and apologies that they can’t attend their appointment because they have come down with a cold or flu. So, I bring it their attention that this is the optimal time to come in and have a treatment to Assist the release of pathogens to heal.

Cold and flu symptoms do vary and most confuse the two. It is vital to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms. A cold is milder respiratory illness compared to the flue. They can both make you feel bad for a few days. Whereas the flue can be more serious and result in other health issues such as pneumonia and even hospitalisation.

Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat which then follows with nasal symptoms such as feeling congested or a runny nose that could lead to a cough. Fever is not common in adults but could be seen in children in a slight way. If cold symptoms linger for more than a week then the cold could turn into a bacterial infection.

Flu symptoms are more severe cold symptoms, that come quicker. Common flu symptoms are a sore throat, headaches, muscle aches with pain and congestion with a cough.

A great was to help the body heal itself naturally is by having an acupuncture treatment, even quicker relief with the use of Chinese Medicine.

Acupuncture is most effective when treating any form of cold or flu, and at any stage of the infection. 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 effective if the treatment begins at the earliest stage.

 Acupuncture, gua sha, cupping, and moxibustion can provide immediate relief from cold/flu symptoms. Needles are inserted into acupuncture points along the meridians to assist with the various individual symptoms. Acupuncture speeds up the healing process by boosting the body’s natural defence system.

 Chinese herbs are used in much the same way as antibiotics have an action which repels flu bugs and the virus out of the body. Chinese herbs are used very effectively to kill the infection and inflammation produced by the bug.

 Chinese Medicine’s primary concern is maintaining a state of balance within the human body and in relationship to the outside environment. Once you have achieved this, your resistance to illness will be sufficient to keep you from catching 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, fatigued, have allergies, or are out of alignment.

 Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are effective for prevention and treatment of colds and flu because they adjust the energetic balance within and 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 faster.

 Helen Efstathiou

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