How Acupuncture can help treat colds & flus
Adults and children do not have to worry about missing valuable time at work or school because Acupuncture can not only help prevent colds & flu, but can also help treat the illness once symptoms have begun to appear.
Acupuncture for Prevention
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese medicine can prevent colds and flu by building up the immune system with just a few needles inserted into key points along the body's energy pathways. These points are known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy and for reinforcing the outer defence layers of the skin and muscle so that germs and viruses cannot enter into the body.
Studies have shown that certain blood counts and immune enhancing chemicals stay elevated for at least 3 days following an acupuncture treatment.
Already caught that nasty cold?
If you've already catch that cold, acupuncture can also help with the chills, sniffles, sore throat and fever in a safe, non-toxic way that doesn't bombard your body with harmful antibiotics. Acupuncture can also help you get better faster and does not interfere with prescribed western medicine so even if you are on antibiotics it can help with any unwanted side effects that can arise from taking antibiotics, rebalancing the body’s natural flora & fauna and helping you recover from illness quicker.
Acupuncture has been around for over 1000 years and recently many of us have begun to enjoy the health benefits it has to offer. Besides colds and flu, acupuncture treats various other conditions, including arthritis, pain, digestive issues, men's and women's reproductive health issues as well as many many more conditions. Acupuncture helps balance the major systems of the body including the hormonal, endocrine and nervous systems and is excellent for stress relief and insomnia.
Do the treatments differ for children v’s adults?
The treatment of adults and children is different. Children respond much quicker to treatment than adults do. With adults we use acupuncture needles whereas with children acupressure techniques can be used along with fire cupping and where needles are used the needles are not retained so they are in, stimulated and removed within seconds. Another useful treatment plan for children is Ear seeds to stimulate the ear points and these seeds remain in the ear so the treatment continues long after you have left the clinic. Parents can also be shown how to use acupressure techniques and exact point locations on how to help keep their children’s immune system good and strong.
Niamh Muldowney, owner, Anam Mai Acupuncture