Viruses; there are hundreds of them. What chance do we have against them?
They cause colds and influenza, both contagious illnesses that account for many lost days from work and much of the absenteeism from school. Although a flu vaccine might offer some protection from the most prevalent flu viruses, there is nothing available to protect you against the common cold. Once infected with a cold or flu virus, the symptoms which include fever, sore throat, congestion, fatigue, muscle and body aches, runny nose, cough, sneezing and watery eyes can linger for up to three weeks while the body’s defenses work its way through to recovery. Of course, at the local drug store there is a whole aisle dedicated to over-the-counter products that will relieve the symptoms. These products include decongestants, fever reducers, & cough suppressants.
While conventional western medicine offers no cure or real prevention for the common cold and flu, Traditional Chinese medicine has been preventing and treating colds and flu successfully with a well-developed method of acupuncture and herbal formulas for thousands of years.
Acupuncture can be used as a preventative measure against colds and flu by supporting and strengthening the body’s immune and healing systems.
Chinese herbs play a huge roll in prevention and treatment of colds and flu as well. There are several formulas that contain proven anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties used to prevent and treat colds and flu.
I like keeping these formulas close at hand and take immediately after exposure before any symptoms have yet developed or at the very first signs of a cold, I have found it to be superior to any options that modern medicine has to offer for warding off the common cold.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are a drug free, natural and effective way to support the body’s immune and healing systems to prevent and recover from illnesses.
Please contact me to find out more about how acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help you combat the common cold and flu this season!
Sara Kowalik, L.Ac.