Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treatment of Colds

How does Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treat colds?

Acupuncture Cold FluChinese medicine doctors use acupuncture and herbs to treat colds and flu’s.  Over the course of 2000 years Chinese medicine has developed effective herbal formulas and acupuncture protocols to prevent and treat the common cold.  Moxibustion and cupping are also used to treat and prevent colds and flu’s. Unfortunately, Western medicine has very few effective tools to deal with the common cold.  Antibiotics are commonly used but have serious side effects and have no effect on the virus that causes the cold and flu.  Natural herbal medicines can greatly reduce the severity and length of a cold and flu and have very few side effects.  There are several excellent herbal formulas that can be taken during cold season to boost immunity and prevent colds.  Regular acupuncturetune-ups” also strengthen natural resistance to colds and flu’s.

What are the types of colds and flu’s

Chinese Medicine classifies colds based on symptoms.  The two primary types of colds are “Wind-Cold” and “Wind-Heat”. Wind-Heat colds are the most common type of cold and the symptoms include

  • fever
  • sore inflamed throat
  • headache
  • light sweating
  • nasal congestion with thick yellow phlegm
  • reddish tongue with yellow coating
  • cough

Wind-Cold symptoms include

  • headache
  • nasal congestion and runny nose with clear phlegm
  • neck and shoulder aches
  • body aches and pains
  • aversion to cold
  • a white tongue coating

Chinese medicine practitioners will use different types of herbs, acupuncture and massage techniques to treat the specific type of cold pattern.  Western medicine rarely distinguishes the type of cold in its treatment.

Treating colds with acupuncture

Acupuncture is used to boost the immune system and help the body fight the cold virus.  Cupping, moxibustion (heat), gua sha (scraping with a metal instrument), compresses, and tui na medical massage are commonly used adjunctive treatments that can also help.  When the immune system is strong enough most people will not get sick when exposed to a virus.  Stress, poor diet, and a lack of exercise all contribute to a weak immune system.  Strengthening the immune system with acupuncture is a very effective way to avoid and defeat a cold virus.  There are different acupuncture points that are very effective at relieving the specific symptoms of a cold such as coughing, headaches, body aches, sore throat, lung congestion, fever and excess phlegm.  Certain acupuncture points offer almost immediate relief from symptoms like coughing.  If a patient gets an acupuncture treatment early enough they can often avoid the cold or flu completely.

Acupuncture Points

You can use acupressure on these points to help avoid a cold.

Large Intestine 4  & Lung 7

Liver 3 & Stomach 36

Gall Bladder 20 & Governing Vessel 16

For information on how to find these points and the specific treatment protocols please visit Yin Yang House – Acupuncture for the Common Cold – Treatment Protocols

Treating colds with herbal medicine

Chinese herbal formulas contain herbal ingredients that are very effective at treating the common cold and its associated symptoms.  There are many formulas that have been used for over a thousand years.  There are formulas for every stage of a cold.  The most effective way to use herbal medicines is to begin taking the herbs at the first sign of any symptoms.  It is helpful to have these formulas in your medicine cupboard or at work so you can take them proactively.  The sooner you can stop the cold, the shorter the duration and severity of the symptoms.  Your Chinese medicine practitioner can provide you with these ready made formulas.

To book an acupuncture treatment or buy herbal remedies, please see our page on acupuncture at Awakening Wellness Centre Victoria.

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– Mr. A. Bernhart, Victoria

I visited Lars twice, after 2 separate injuries. I had been very apprehensive to try acupuncture but I reached the point where nothing else was working. Lars is very gentle and explained everything. After each injury, one visit to Lars was all it took to eliminate the pain and get me moving again. Lars is a very talented healer and he’s definitely doing the work he’s meant to be doing.

– L.B., Victoria

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– Marlene, Victoria

I was really having problems with my immune system and I felt like I was constantly sick. I’ve never been someone to take medicine but being sick all the time was just not working for me. So I decided to try another type of medicine and that’s when Lars talked to me about Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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– Atzii Hunsberger, Victoria

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