The leaves have turned from green to yellow and red. We can feel the crispness in the air. Summer has come to a close and we are officially in Fall. When the season shifts we start to see the rise in incidents of Common Cold and Flu. These are both highly contagious and are much more than just an annoyance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that cold and flu are the leading cause for absenteeism in both adults from work and children from school. Adults suffer from cold on average 2-3 times a year and children even more often than adults. Cold and flu both last 7-10 days and severity of symptoms can be mild with stuffy nose to severe and leading to one being bedridden. Typical symptoms include: sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headache, body aches.
While symptoms of cold and flu can be similar it is important to know the difference as both with make you feel unwell but the flu has the potential to lead to pneumonia or hospitalization. A cold generally starts with a sore throat, symptoms have a slow onset and lead to a runny or stuffy nose, headache, with a slight fever. Flu on the other hand comes on strong and will typically exhibit a high fever, cough, congestion, headache and muscle aches or weakness.
There are different treatment options available for both cold and flu. Typically we see the usage of over-the-counter medications such as decongestants and expectorants in conjunction with pain and fever reducers. These options help manage the symptoms but unfortunately do not resolve the actual cold or flu. One treatment that is often overlooked or often unknown is acupuncture.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are extremely beneficial for both the prevention and treatment of cold and flu. Integrative hospitals such as University Hospital, see Uhospitals.com, are using acupuncture as treatment for cold and flu with great success. Studies show that this form of treatment elevates immune-enhancing hormones and blood count for up to three days following treatment. This showing that acupuncture is improving the immune system and therefore its ability to fight off cold and flu. Acupuncture is also very effective in reducing cold and flu symptoms if you have unfortunately missed the prevention window. It will reduce fever, chills, aches, sore throat and aid the body in expelling the virus more quickly.
It is now the opportune time to strengthen the body before we see cold and flu season set in. If you have any questions regarding acupuncture or herbs for cold and flu please don’t hesitate to ask: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Other things to keep in mind:
Always wash your hands and avoid touching your face.
As a general rule get adequate sleep.
Drink plenty of water.
Ensure adequate intake of Vitamin C and A
Garlic and Onion are both excellent at preventing infection as they have a natural antibiotic effect.
***STAY HOME IF YOU ARE UNWELL**
Avoid phlegm producing foods such as: sweets, dairy, or heavy or greasy foods.