Fight the Flu with Acupuncture
- Posted on: Dec 13 2018
Many people don’t know this, but acupuncture is used as a preventive medicine. Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into certain points on the body, which creates an immune response. The response that the acupuncture needles have, signal the body to heal itself and fight off pathogens. Therefore, getting acupuncture treatment can be an important factor in staying healthy this Winter season.
Getting adequate rest and washing our hands regularly are crucial for defending our immune system, but acupuncture can give the extra boost that we all need this time of year. The most common signs that a cold or flu is coming on are chills, body aches, fever, sore throat and congestion. While it is best to be getting regular acupuncture treatments to prevent sickness, sometimes even when we take good care of ourselves, we still get sick. It is ideal to see your acupuncturist as soon as you feel any slight symptoms coming on so that they can help you fight off the pathogens.
One of the most important acupuncture points for boosting immunity is ST-36. This point (pictured below) plays an important role in building immunity, increasing energy and dispelling pathogens to prevent illness. In addition to acupuncture, there are some Chinese herbs that you can find in your kitchen to help keep illness away. If you begin to feel body aches and your throat is itchy, adding ginger, cinnamon, garlic and scallions to a broth or soup can be beneficial.
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