It was the winter of 2005, I had final exams and a nice, heavy fog creeped into my mind and body. A cold or flu of some sort it was. I sat in a state of contemplative panic; “I cannot fail this exam, I cannot think, how am I going to study….”
It’s been 8 years since that grey, cold winter night in California. I am ever so grateful for that night. I was unable to study the material which was necessary, what I did study was the different protocols for common colds and flus. I was able to identify my symptom and which pattern they were associate within TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). I followed the acupuncture point prescription, I cannot recall if fell asleep or if I simply rested until my head fog cleared and my fever subsided. What I do remember is I felt better, good enough to study the material necessary for my final exams that winter quarter.
Ever since then, I treat myself with acupuncture, herbal medicine and Chinese nutiritional remedies. I joke that I was born with a lifetime prescription pad for anti-biotics since my mother delivered me, since 2005, I have not had a cold or flu which was not alleviated within a few hours or 5 days with TCM.
How to use acupuncture and herbal medicine for colds and flus:
(These are my practices, they may not mimic other acupuncturists’)
It is important you see me as soon as you start to experience symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, cough, phlegm, etc). The sooner acupunctue is adminstered the faster the results and the less acupuncture you will need.
I will give herbal medicine in a capsule or tablet form, and I will only give you 2 days worth. You will require a follow up in 2 days if you are not 100%, at which time, I may give you more herbs/acupuncture/moxa If you are taking pharmaceutical drugs or have certain health conditions, herbal medicine may not be an option for you, I will check for herb-drug interactions.
I may also give you a list of foods to eat and what not to eat, if you are given this information it is very important for you to follow.
I do not have an issue with anti-biotics, I think they are wonderful if you have a bacterial infection or if you are having a surgical procedure. But, for a viral condition, acupuncture/TCM works better. Even for a bacterial cold, I believe TCM is more effective. I personally do not like being unable to function/think, acupuncture allows me to recover quickly from the flu/common cold. I used to be out for 2 weeks, now the max is 4 days, depending on the strength of the virus and how compliant I am with my treatments. Sometimes, a sore throat will be alleviated 100% with one acupuncture visit, if the sore throat is treated within the first few hours of it’s sensory manifestation.
To gain results and recover quickly:
1-Come in as soon as symptoms arise.
2-Follow the food recommendations completely.
3-Take the herbs as directed, never, ever share your herbs with others.
4-Do not take any other herbs/supplements without checking with me. Side-effects are highly probable.
P.S. Acupuncture is great for bronchitis and I have an all natural cough syrup which will make you never need any other cough syrup.
P.S.S. When making an appointment with an acupuncturist, it is important to ask if the acupuncturist treats/specializes in treating colds/flus. There are many conditions I do not treat which my mother can and there are some things I do which she does not. It’s really about interest, we are interested in different things and have different strengths, we compliment each other well. I’m definitely very grateful for her. If it were not for her I would have never tried acupuncture.
Until, I see you, please; eat well, consume beautiful things, give thanks and be kind to one another, for the world is our garden to tend.