Staying Healthy Through Cold & Flu Season
While you can get a cold or the flu at any time of the year, the peak season in the United States begins in November and runs through February. This year’s flu season is further complicated by COVID-19. Give your immune system a much-needed boost so that when it comes into contact with airborne virus particles it has a line of defense.
When it comes to staying healthy during cold and flu season, acupuncture and Oriental medicine have a lot to offer. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help prevent colds and flu by fortifying the immune system with just a few needles inserted into key points along the body’s energy pathways.
As stated by Huangdi Neijing, “To treat disease that has already developed is comparable to the behavior of those persons who begin to dig a well after they have become thirsty, and of those who begin to cast weapons after they have already engaged in battle. Would these actions not be too late?”
In Oriental medicine, disease prevention begins by focusing on the protective layer around the exterior of the body called Wei Qi, or defensive energy. The Wei Qi involves acupuncture points known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy to boost your body’s defenses.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can also provide relief and faster healing if you have already come down with a cold or the flu by helping to relieve symptoms you are currently experiencing, including chills, fever, body aches, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, and cough. While bringing some immediate relief, treatments will also reduce the incidence of an upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the length of the illness.
Seasonal acupuncture treatments just four times a year also serve to tonify the inner organ systems and can correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems.
Call Whole Body Health to schedule an appointment today and see how acupuncture and functional medicine can help you stay healthy this flu season!
Protect Your Lung Qi
Lung 7, or LU 7, is one of the most powerful points on the lung meridian points. It is a popular acupuncture point to use for stopping a persistent cough and relieving a sore throat.
Besides treating those symptoms, LU 7 is often used to treat conditions related to the head and neck, such as headaches, migraines, stiff neck, facial paralysis, and toothache. LU 7 is considered to be the “command point” of the head and neck and is also used to improve circulation in the brain and stimulate memory.
This acupuncture point is located above the wrist on the inside of the arm. To find this point, interlock your thumb and index finger of one hand with those of the other, the point lies on the edge of the index finger, in a depression between the sinew and the bone.
Stimulate this point on both hands with the tip of your index finger for approximately 30 seconds or until your cough subsides.
Five Tips to Stay Healthy During This Season
Seasonal changes affect the body’s environment. With wind, rain, and snow come the cold and flu viruses, which are often accompanied by aches and pains.
Guard yourself this season with these five tips:
1. Boost your Wei Qi
If you catch colds easily, have low energy, and require a long time recuperating from an illness, your Wei Qi may be deficient.
Once the nature of an imbalance has been determined, a customized program can be created for you.
2. Schedule a Seasonal Tune-Up
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can prevent colds and flu by building up the immune system. Just a few needles inserted into key points strengthen the circulation of energy and consolidate the outer defense layers of skin and muscle along energy pathways so germs and viruses cannot enter through them.
3. Wash Your Hands
A good lifestyle and hygiene habits are also proven to reduce your risk of getting sick. Protect yourself from picking up germs by washing your hands regularly and remembering not to touch your face.
4. Sleep In
The Nei Ching, an ancient Chinese classic, advised people to go to sleep early, rest well, and rise late after the sun’s rays have warmed the atmosphere a bit.
This preserves your own Yang Qi for the task of warming the body. Even busy, working people can boost their health by sleeping in on weekends.
5. Stress Less
Find a release valve for your stress. According to Oriental medicine, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can play an important part in throwing the immune system off and allowing pathogens to affect the body.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have been shown to be effective in the treatment of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Call to schedule an appointment today and see how acupuncture can help you stay healthy this flu season!