This is the time of year where a lot of people start to get flu and cold symptoms, you are familiar with them; the sore/dry throat, slightly aching joints and muscles, dull headache and foggy head and a general feeling of tiredness. It may come on suddenly or may build up over a few days.
Over the years of practice, one thing always remains a constant in my clinic during this time and that is the urgent telephone call from a client, telling me that he/she needs to come for treatment ASAP to prevent the further onset of a flu.
You see, if the proper protocol is applied within 24-36 hours of the start of the flu symptoms, this will arrest the flu from further developing in most people.
What is this protocol? It's pretty simple! In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) a flu is considered to be a Wind Attack, which may come in the form of Wind-Heat or Wind-Cold. This attack directly hits the meridians or channels in the body creating a stagnation of the surface and a state of Dis-ease.
The use of Acupuncture applied to the correct channel such as the Colon, Lung and Governor channels will eliminate the Wind-Attack. But thats not all, the method of Cupping which a lot of you are familiar with is also applied to this condition. Cupping is a method where special cups are applied to the surface of the skin on the shoulders and lateral to the spine, which draws out any wind from the surface of the body.
The final stage of treating a flu is a system called scraping, in which a blunt instrument is used to gently scrape the surface of the spine in an outward direction. This also assists in eliminating the wind from the surface.
Together, Acupuncture, Cupping and Scraping can reduce and often eliminate the symptoms of the flu and reduce the number of sick days spent in bed recovering. In most cases, when caught early it can prevent any of the symptoms from further developing.
Best of Health
Acupuncturist & Naturopath