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Acupuncture: Your Natural Defense Against Colds and Flu



With the changing of seasons, our bodies often contend with varying weather, rendering us susceptible to a host of illnesses. The weakening of our immune defenses heightens the risk of falling prey to common colds, persistent coughs, and the flu.


Traditionally, across Eastern cultures, people turn to acupuncture as a preventive measure amidst changing seasons. Its efficacy not only guards against potential health threats but also gently alleviates symptoms when they do manage to infiltrate our defenses.By bolstering your immune system, these sessions act as a shield, repelling potential viruses and infections before they can take root.


According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), coughs colds and flu can result from a deficiency in the lung meridian. This is because in TCM the function of the lung in the body is to protect the skin. Chi runs around the skin, helping our circulation and protecting our body. ‘We’ means protection, so the energy protecting our outer body is called ‘we chi’. This energy acts to prevent any outside attacks from harsh weather, viruses or bacteria from entering the body.


Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) usually classifies colds into three types:


Wind Heat: symptoms of wind heat include fever, runny bunged up nose, headache, thick phlegm like cough, sweating and sneezing. and severe headache.


Wind Cold: symptoms of wind cold are feeling mildly feverish, feeling cold, itchy and sore throat, pain in various parts of the body, runny nose and sneezing.


Damp Heat: symptoms of damp heat include feeling tired, having little energy, headache, loss of appetite, feeling nauseous and a heavy sensation in the chest.



Acupuncture and TCM can help prevent colds and flu by strengthening the immune system so that any attack on your system can be quickly and effectively dealt with. If you already have a bad cough, cold or the flu it can help by reducing chills, fever and body aches. It is also effective at relieving sore throat, congestion, clearing your sinuses and can help you to get better faster.


Acupuncture is often overlooked as a way of treating colds and flu but it is in fact a great way to reduce the length of time you will have to put up with the symptoms, alleviate the symptoms once you have them and boost the immune system to prevent recurrence. It's a very relaxing treatment for the whole body and drug free. 



Care Cure are Ireland's leading Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics. We have clinics in the Merrion Shopping center, Dublin 4, and 53 Georges St Lower, Dun Laoghaire.


We provide Free Consultations in all our clinics.






We have a comprehensive range of Natural Chinese Herbal Remedies for coughs, colds, flu and fever. All our herbal products are derived from plants utilising, root, stem, leaf and flower.

Many of these herbal remedies have been developed over centuries. If you are unsure which product is best please avail of our free consultation and talk with one of our TCM specialists.


View Herbal Remedies for coughs, colds and flu here

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