• Marlo Rapp

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Cold & Flu

’Tis the Season — for cold and flu!

Every year, between 5-20% of Americans get the flu, with people suffering from millions of colds through the year. Both the cold and the flu are viral infections affecting your respiratory system. Symptoms are similar, and it can be difficult to tell them apart, but generally the flu is much worse than a cold. Furthermore, while the cold is called “common” for a reason, the majority of people only get the flu a few times every decade.

Cold Symptoms:

  • Runny or Stuffy Nose

  • Coughing

  • Sneezing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle Aches

  • Fever Up to 102°F

  • Yellow or Green Nasal Discharge

  • Sore Throat

  • Watery Eyes

  • Headache

  • Symptoms are Mild

  • Symptoms Develop Slowly

Flu Symptoms:

  • Headache

  • Chills and Sweats

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle Aches

  • Coughing

  • Poor Appetite

  • Nausea

  • Stuffy Nose

  • Fever Over 102°F

  • Symptoms are More Intense

  • Symptoms Appear Suddenly

Both the cold and the flu can be pretty miserable, especially this time of year when we tend to have a lot on our plates. Work, home life, parties and events, preparing for the holidays — the last thing we need is to be laid out with cold or flu symptoms.

The GOOD news: Traditional Chinese Medicine can help.

Clinical research suggests that acupuncture can help reduce your risk of getting a cold or the flu. Acupuncture can also help you manage symptoms and support your body’s natural healing abilities potentially decreasing the duration of illness. Prevent and manage cold and flu symptoms by promoting balance in the body, stimulating Qi, and supporting your immune system. Contact us now to schedule your Winter Park acupuncture session so you can feel your best through the cold and flu season.

Chinese herbs are another excellent natural way to prevent and manage colds and flu. Research has shown that certain Chinese herbs can be quite effective at reducing the severity and duration of cold symptoms and strengthening the immune system. Some Chinese herbs are also known for their anti-viral properties, offering further protection against symptoms.

Along with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, there are also lifestyle and habit changes you can cultivate to further support cold and flu prevention, including:

  • Stay hydrated

  • Get enough sleep

  • Exercise regularly

  • Eat a balanced die

  • Limit sugar, alcohol, & processed foods

  • Get enough Vitamin D, C & E

We also offer custom herb & nutrition consults to help you promote health and balance. Contact us now to schedule a consultation!

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