Ah, the season of getting sick. Those cold and flu symptoms of headache, stuffy nose, fever and cough are coming back again. The common cold can be caused by more than 200 different viruses and there are various strains of the flu virus. Annually, some 20 million people go to the doctor due to the cold and flu. If there was a way to prevent the torture of fighting these bugs, would you take advantage of it? In fact, there are preventative measures to skip the hassle of getting sick altogether.
What’s Your Mindset on Sick?
First thing’s first, what do you think about getting sick? Do you believe that it’s inevitable? Do you think that if you’re surrounded by these “bugs” you will eventually get them? The way we approach cold and flu season is where prevention begins.
If you find yourself waiting to be infected and then medicating symptoms, know that is only one approach. Another approach is to strengthen your immune system and avoid things that suppress the immune system. Going down the path of prevention requires us to first believe and understand that taking preventative actions, can help us avoid sickness altogether.
Acupuncture for Immune Support:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where acupuncture has its roots, has addressed immunity for centuries. In TCM, the first line of defense is called the wei qi. This qi (chee) is the energy that circulates just beneath our skin and regulates immunity. Acupuncture treatments help activate this energy to keep us strong and healthy.
Staying well is all about making your immune system strong. To maintain a strong immune system, follow these tips:
- Exercise outside whenever possible.
- Eat highly nutritious food.
- Enjoy restful sleep regularly.
- Manage stress.
- Avoid sugar.
- Take added nutrients and herbs that support immune function.
- Get acupuncture treatments.
If you do get sick, give yourself time and rest to heal. Allow your immune system to work and overcome the infection and do what it is designed to do.
Acupuncture for Cold and Flu:
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to enhance the immune system and keep illness at bay. It stimulates immunity which helps you recover faster and without side effects. Acupuncture treatments increase red and white blood cell counts, which support a weakened immune system.
In fact, “scientists have been able to determine the role acupuncture plays in boosting the body’s immune system by enhancing the production of natural killer cells, which is the primary defense mechanism against organisms that make us sick.”
When you already have a cold or the flu, can acupuncture help? The short answer is yes. But know that if you’re going to use it as a sort of medication, be sure to seek treatment at the very first signs of illness and do multiple sessions to allow it to work with your body.
While many people think of acupuncture as a treatment for pain relief, its ability to strengthen the immune system is so important to know. Why? Because strengthening your immune system can help protect you from secondary infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia as well.
So, if you’re looking for the best cold and flu medicine of prevention, you may want to consider acupuncture. And remember that stress, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition and sugar consumption all weaken your immune system which makes you vulnerable to infections.
We at AcuSports Therapy are always looking for the best ways to help our clients incorporate holistic solutions into their lives. Reach out today to find the best protocol to help you boost your immune system. You can reach us here or call us at: 561-303-3436.