When the weather varies, as it does at this time of year, the body is particularly susceptible to attack. If our immune system is weak we are more than likely going to pick up coughs, colds and possibly the flu. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for these conditions as not only can it help prevent them, but it can also successfully alleviate symptoms once they have taken hold.
Traditionally in the east, usually during a change of season people would see an acupuncturist in order to boost their immune system. If your immune system is robust you should be able to ward off any potential viruses or infections before they take hold.
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.
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