Cold and Flu

Treating Common Cold & Flu with Chinese Medicine

According to American Medicine, both the common cold and the flu are caused by a category of virus called rhinoviruses.  American Medicine has no treatment for this type of infection.  In fact, when they tested it, Chicken Soup did a better job than prescription drugs. Taking antibiotics, for example, will do nothing for a disease caused by a virus.  However, practitioners of Chinese Medicine have been effectively treating the common cold and the flu with Acupuncture and Herbs for over 2,000 years.

Types of Colds in Chinese Medicine 

In Chinese medicine, there are two types of colds: Wind-Cold or Wind-Heat. With Wind-Cold the main symptoms are Body Aches, Fatigue, Wanting to Sleep, and Feeling Cold; and possibly a low-grade fever, headache, and loose stool or diarrhea.  In Wind-Heat, the main symptoms are Lethargy (feeling drained from being hot), Fever, Dry Stool / No Stool / or Constipation, No Body Aches. Depending on which of these two types of colds or flu you have, practitioners of Chinese medicine will treat with different Acupuncture Points and possibly herbs.  Also, colds and flus may be complicated by Mucus or Dryness. 

Acupuncture for the Common Cold 

Acupuncture refers to the insertion of very thin, sterile needles into the body to relieve symptoms and boost your immunity.  Certain Acupuncture Points can help relieve fatigue, lethargy, body aches and pains, sensations of cold or heat, stuffy nose, cough, headache, sore throat, fever, and reduce the production of mucus and phlegm.  Many times, the effects occur in a matter of minutes. It has even been suggested that getting an Acupuncture Treatment 3 days in a row might eliminate a cold or flu.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Work for the Common Cold 

There is no reason why you should have to suffer for 10-14 days, lose time from work, play, and family and be miserable with a sore throat, headache, fever, and cough.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine works for the common cold.

Chinese Herbal Medicine for the Common Cold  

Chinese Herbs can be highly effective at stopping a cold or flu dead in its tracks and drastically reducing its symptoms and duration.  In addition, Chinese Herbal Formulas for the common cold can typically contain anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antihistaminic and immune-boosting herbs.  Typically, one should begin taking these Herbal Medicines at the very first signs of a cold or flu and continue for one to two weeks after the symptoms have disappeared. Why so long? Because the herbs can potentially remove the underlying weakness that allowed you to catch the cold/flu in the first place.


Because it is so important to begin taking these kinds of Herbal Medicines as soon as the symptoms are noticed, it is a good idea to keep bottles of these kinds of remedies in your home medicine chest and in your desk at work.  The longer you allow a cold to develop prior to treatment, the longer it will take you to get over it.  So stopping it as quickly as possible is key. 

Learn How Acupuncture Can Help Treat the Common Cold and Flu

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