Acupuncture during Cold/Flu Season

Posted on November 5th, 2023

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to promote healing and alleviate various health conditions. While acupuncture is not a cure for the common cold or flu, some people use it as a complementary therapy to help manage symptoms and support their immune system during cold and flu season. Here's how acupuncture may be beneficial during this time:

  1. Symptom relief: Acupuncture can help relieve some of the symptoms associated with colds and the flu, such as congestion, sore throat, cough, and headache. Acupuncture points may be selected to target these specific symptoms.
  2. Immune support: Acupuncture is believed to help balance the body's energies or Qi to help improve overall well-being. Points to increase Wei Qi or defensive Qi can help strengthen one's immune system, making it more resistant to infections.
  3. Stress reduction: It is a known fact that Stress can weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to illnesses. Acupuncture is known for its stress-reduction and relaxation benefits, which can help support the body's ability to fight off infections.
  4. Improved sleep: Adequate rest and sleep are essential for a strong immune system. Acupuncture may help improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia, allowing your body to recover more effectively during illness.
  5. Energy and vitality: Acupuncture is often used to boost energy levels and alleviate fatigue. When you're feeling under the weather, acupuncture sessions may help you regain some energy and improve your overall vitality.

When choosing to explore acupuncture as a complementary approach during this cold and flu season, make sure to visit a licensed acupuncturist who can discuss your specific symptoms and concerns. Acupuncture is viewed as a complementary therapy, best used in conjunction with conventional care or natural medicines like anti-viral or anti-microbial herbs, rest, hydration, and key foods filled with vitamins and minerals. 

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