Cold and Flu Checklist for the Patient of Acupuncture
Lois Denmark, DACM, L. Ac., Dipl.OM (NCCAOM) ESATM Traditional Medicine Department Chair
Cold and Flu Season is approaching! Let’s try to avoid getting Colds or the Flu in the first place!
But, if we do happen to get a cold or the flu then let’s try to enable our bodies to recuperate as quickly as possible.
Here are a few recommendations for both prevention and/or treatment:
Wash your hands! (frequently);
Do you access a phone used by others? swab with alcohol wipes or topical spray disinfectant
Getting regular acupuncture treatments can help improve overall health – that should also include a reduction in the frequency and severity of any colds or flu
Did you know that Acupuncture can strengthen the Immune System?
A stronger Immune System will allow for greater resistance to the causes of colds and flu
Did you know that Acupuncture treatments help put the body back in balance?
A balanced body is a healthier body
Did you know that Acupuncture can help reduce stress?
Stress weakens our immune system and a weakened immune system can make us more susceptible to colds and flu
Working out? Breaking a Sweat? Be sure to Cool Down and keep your neck and upper back covered! These areas are vulnerable to invasion by the external elements that can penetrate the body contributing to colds and flu.
Already taking herbs and then start experiencing cold symptoms? Stop taking your herbs, contact the prescribing practitioner to see whether or not the herbs that you were initially prescribed are still OK to take while you are having this cold or flu. Ask whether or not an appointment is in order to review the current presentation.
Maybe this is more than a cold? Take your temperature and be mindful of your symptoms: a high temperature and/or a very sore swollen painful throat may indicate a more serious condition that requires quick intervention. In this case, medical assessment and intervention might be appropriate. Always be aware of avoiding those around you who might have more fragile health issues and get assessed as soon as is possible
Again: Don’t forget to frequently wash your hands!
Eat foods that are in Season:
Autumnal foods: Pears, Apples, and Squash
Winter foods include: Winter Squash, Black Mushrooms, Pomegranates; Cinnamon, Ginger Root, mustard seed, lamb, warming soups & stews
If you haven’t been getting Acupuncture – it is never too late to start!