Each year, more than
1000,000 people are hospitalized die to complications
from the flu virus. Unfortunately, most of us get the
“flu” or “influenza,” virus at least once in our
lifetime. The associated symptoms and signs are all
too common: fever, sour throat, congestion, fatigue,
muscle and body aches runny nose, dry cough, sneezing,
and watery eyes.
Colds are much less severe
than the flu, but like the flu, viruses and germs cause
colds. Colds cause less severe symptoms such as nasal
congestion, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and light
headaches. Though it may make you feel lousy, getting a
cold is not always a bad thing. Instead, it’s a sign
that the body’s resources are strong and vital, working
to return you to a state of good health. However, if
your immune system is already compromised, a cold could
further weaken your body, leaving you opens to a more
The flu, you and Chinese medicine
Clinical studies have
suggested that using acupuncture as a preventative
approach to colds and flu can reduce the incidence of
upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the length
of the illness. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work
by rebalancing the body’s systems, regulating the body’s
healing energies and enhancing the immune system.
Even though germs, bacteria,
and viruses are everywhere in th food we eat, the air we
breathe and the water we drink according to Chinese
medical theory, they do not cause disease. Illness
occurs when certain organ systems are weak and out of
balance. When our bodies are in a weakened and
unbalanced state, a hospitable environment is created
for germs, bacteria and viruses to thrive, leading to a
cold or the flu.
One of the main theories
supporting acupuncture and its treatment of colds and
the flu is the concept of Wei Qi.
Treatment generally focuses
on relieving pain and preventing further joint damage.
Often this is done through the use of anti-inflammatory
drugs and other medications, as well as through
self-care and physical therapy. In some cases, surgery
may even be needed.
Acupuncture offers a sage,
natural way to control joint pain and other symptoms and
maintain overall health. In fact, a 2004 study showed that
patients with OA of the knee experienced a 40 percent
decrease in pain and 40 percent increase in function after
receiving a series a acupuncture treatments.
What in the world is Wei Qi?
The concept of Wei Qi is
similar to the Western concept of the immune system.
Wei Qi functions as a barrier protecting and defending
the body against foreign substances, which can cause
illness and disease. When Wei Qi is strong and
abundant, we remain healthy. When the supply of Wei Qi
becomes inadequate, health is compromised and we become
vulnerable to outside invaders.
Throughout or lives, a
variety of factors affect our health and well-being.
Although most of the time we recover quickly and regain
our health, when these factors are numerous, our
internal mechanisms become compromised and weakened, our
Wei Qi becomes depleted and we get sick. By the time
illness occurs, the body’s self-regulating,
self-balancing and healing systems have already been
Acupuncture and Chinese
medicine support and strengthen the systems of the body
that are involved in the production of Wei Qi and can
help rebalance and support the immune system and
stimulate Wei Qi energy. By building up the supply of
Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it
throughout the body, the body’s organs and meridian
systems become strong, enhancing their ability to
effectively fight off illness and disease.
Tips for Staying Healthy:
Consume 8-10 glasses of filtered water
Exercise regularly to support the immune
Eat a healthy, organic diet, including
foods with beta carotene (carrots,
broccoli, sweet potatoes, garlic and
Limit sugar intake. Sugar taxes the
immune system, especially when feeling
under the weather.
Take Vitamin C and herbs to support the
immune system, especially in the :cold
and flu” season
Get plenty of rest
Enjoy fun and relaxing activities
Stimulate specific acupuncture points
that support Wei Qi
Schedule regular acupuncture treatments
to support the body’s self-regulating,
self-balancing and healing system
Acupuncture and Chinese
medicine are drug free, safe, natural and effective ways
to support the body’s self-regulating, self-balancing
and healing systems. If illness does occur, acupuncture
can help you get back on your feet again, helping to
stave off prolonged illness without the use of
medication and over the counter drugs.
Treatment of fever due to exopathic wind-cold by rapid
acupuncture. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
1992 Dec 21 (4)-267-71.
Preventive and curatve effects of acupunctre on the
common cold: a multicentre randomized controlled trial
in Japan Complementary Therapeutic Medicine. 2004 Dec 12
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