Each year, more than 100,000 people are hospitalized due to
complications from the flu virus. Unfortunately, most of us get the "flu," or
"influenza," virus at least once in our lifetime. The associated symptoms and
signs are all-too-common: fever, sore throat, congestion, fatigue, muscle and
body aches, runny nose, dry cough, sneezing and watery eyes.
The flu, you, and Chinese medicine. Clinical studies have suggested that using acupuncture as a preventative approach to colds and flue can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the length of the illness. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work by rebalancing the body's systems, regulating the body's healing energies and enhancing the immune system.
Even though germs, bacteria, and viruses are everywhere - in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink - according to Chinese medical theory, they do not cause disease. Illness occurs when certain organ systems are weak and out of balance. When our bodies are in a weakened and unbalanced state, a hospitable environment is created for germs, bacteria and viruses to thrive, leading to a cold or the flu.
One of the main theories supporting acupuncture and its treatment of colds and the flu is the concept of Wei Qi.
What in the world is Wei Qi? The concept of Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. Wei Qi functions as a barrier protecting the defending the body against foreign substances, which can cause illness and disease. When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy. When the supply of Wei Qi becomes inadequate, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to outside invaders.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine support and strengthen the systems of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi, and can help rebalance and support the immune system and stimulate Wei Qi energy. By building up the supply of Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it throughout the body, the body's organs and meridian systems become strong, enhancing their ability to effectively fight off illness and disease.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are drug free, safe, natural and effective ways to support the body's self-regulating, self-balancing and healing systems. If illness does occur, acupuncture can help you get back on your feet again, helping to stave off prolonged illness without the use of medication and over-the-counter drugs.
Tips for Staying Healthy Consume 8 - 10 glasses of filtered water daily. Exercise regularly to support the immune system. Eat a healthy, organic diet, including foods with beta carotene (carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, garlic and tomatoes). Limit sugar intake. Sugar taxes the immune system, especially when feeling under the weather. Take Vitamin C and hebs to support the immune system, especially in the "cold and flu" season. Get plenty of rest. Enjoy fun and relaxing activities. Stimulate specific acupuncture pints that support Wei Qi Schedule regular acupuncture treatments to support the body's self-regulating, self-balancing and healing systems.
About the Author:
Dale Roach, OMD, LAc (NY) I am a licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Doctor in Westchester county NY specializing in women health care and pain management. For more information on acupuncture and a list of some of the best Chinese Medicine practitioners in New York City go to www.chinese-medication.com