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Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture for Cold and Flu Relief

As the cold season descends upon us, so too does the dreaded cold and flu season. Sniffling noses, sore throats, and feverish chills become all too common. While modern medicine offers various aspects of symptom management, the ancient traditions of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture present time-tested alternatives worth exploring. Backed by research, these natural therapies have shown promise in alleviating cold and flu symptoms as well as boosting the body's immune response.

Chinese Herbal Medicine:

Chinese herbal medicine draws from a rich repository of medicinal plants, and minerals, each possessing unique healing properties. The combination of these ingredients in personalized formulations aims to address an individual's specific health imbalances. Research indicates that certain Chinese herbs possess antiviral and immune-enhancing properties, such as astragalus root and honeysuckle flowers. However, that is still just applying a herb to a symptom. What we really aim at achieving, is treating the person and the body. Given that, 10 people with the flu will get 10 different and tailored treatments and herbal formulas.

For example, here is a formula for someone with sweating, mild fever and aversion to cold and wind.

Gui Zhi Tang

As another example, here is a formula for someone with very little sweating, a very sore throat and alternating chills and fever.

Xiao Chai Hu Tang


Acupuncture, another pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points along energy channels in the body. This practice aims to restore the balance of vital energy (Qi) and promote self-healing. Studies have suggested that acupuncture can help reduce the severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms. Additionally, it may aid in strengthening the body's defenses by enhancing immune function.

Again, there are virtually hundreds of points that the acupuncturist can choose, however, depending on your presentation, you will receive a tailored treatment.

Combining Approaches:

The synergy between Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture is often employed for optimal results. When used together, they can potentially speed up recovery and provide relief from symptoms, offering a holistic approach to wellness, and strengthening your body to prevent another viral attack.

Come and see us today for symptomatic and preventative care.

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