This year the CDC is reporting an unusually high number of flu cases. Travel, sick coworkers, indulgences like sweets and alcohol, and stress expose you to viruses and contribute to weakening your immune system. We’re all familiar with what to do when we’re sick.
Stay home! It’s your job to rest when your sick so that your body has the energy it needs to fight off the infection. By staying home you also prevent the spread of infection, which everyone appreciates!
Drink plenty of fluids and eat light foods. Fresh ginger tea with some honey is a great choice. Fresh ginger is used to treat colds in Chinese Medicine, especially they type of cold where chills are predominant. Honey will help sooth a swollen or inflamed throat and ease coughing. Clear broth soups provide you with calories when you may not have much of an appetite. I recommend bone broth with green onion and garlic for additional antiviral properties.
While these tips are helpful it is still frustrating to have to ‘wait it out’ when you get sick and this is where Chinese Medicine really excels!
Regular acupuncture treatments boost immunity so you can prevent getting sick in the first place. If you do end up getting sick, both acupuncture and herbal medicine effectively support the body’s ability to fight off disease. The Chinese Medicine Materia Medica has over 35 individual herbs and 25 formulas specifically designed for colds and flus. After determining the differential diagnosis, we will create a tailored formula that uniquely addresses your needs and minimizes the possibility of side effects. Do you have a fever, chills or both? Are you congested? Is the mucous clear and runny or thick and yellow? Each of these symptoms is treated differently with the intention of boosting your body’s immune system so it can rapidly fight off the bug and you can get back to your life.
Include acupuncture in your #selfcare routine to stay healthy and #flufree this winter!
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