Colds & Flus
The common cold, including chest cold and head cold, and seasonal flu are caused by viruses. Though you can catch a cold at any time of year, colds are more common during the winter months. This is because most cold-causing viruses thrive in low humidity. Colds spread when someone who’s sick sneezes or coughs, sending virus-filled droplets flying through the air.
Symptoms can include sore throat, runny nose, congestion, and cough.
Influenza — or the flu, as it’s better known — is another upper respiratory illness. Unlike the cold, which can hit at any time of year, the flu is generally seasonal. Flu season usually runs from autumn to spring, peaking during the winter months. During flu season, you can catch the flu in the same way you’d pick up a cold: by coming into contact with droplets spread by an infected person.
Unlike the common cold, the flu can develop into a more serious condition, such as pneumonia. This is especially true for:
- young children
- older adults
- pregnant women
- people with health conditions that weaken their immune system, such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes
Acupuncture for Colds & Flus
Acupuncture can be used as a preventative method for cold and flus. Acupuncture works by stimulated specific acupuncture points to boost the immune system to prevent colds and flus. Acupuncture can also relieve the symptoms of colds and flus such as coughing, tiredness, nasal congestion, headache, sore throat, fever and chills.
We recommend a preventative treatment plan, as the seasons change have some acupuncture treatments to boost the immune system. Acupuncture can bring great relief of colds and flu symptoms, generally within a few treatments a person’s energy will return and they will feel relief of the symptoms mentioned above.
Tips to Prevent Colds and Flus
- Practice good hygiene – wash your hands frequently and use sanitising gel
- Increase your fruit and vegetable intake to boost your immune system, lots of dark green, leafy vegetable
- Have a cup of warm water with a slice of ginger, honey and lemon each morning.
- Take a good multivitamin.
- Rest in the winter time, make sure to get enough sleep and relaxation time.