Winter is Here. So are Colds.

Just about the time the weather turns cold and the first snowflakes fly – people start getting their first sniffles, or maybe it starts with a headache or sore throat. You think to yourself “Noooooooooo! I can’t get a cold! It’s the holidays, I don’t have time!”

According to a study by the National Institute of Health(NIH) released in March 2018, the Common Cold comprises symptoms of “headache, sneezing, sore throat, fever, nasal congestion, cough, and general pain…” and if you have a cold, or have had a cold, or feel one coming on – you know this.

NIH found that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment that can alleviate both the severity and duration of Common Cold symptoms. In their report they say “Having the effect of promoting circulation, balancing, improving immunity…a significantly positive benefit is obtained from the administration of acupuncture therapy.”

Those using acupuncture have been aware of these benefits for nearly three millennia.  

First and foremost – an ounce of prevention is worth at least two bottles of your favorite over-the-counter cough and cold remedy. Taking care of your immune system is critical to avoiding catching a cold, and minimizing symptoms if you do. Eating well, sleeping at least 7 hours every night, and using herbal teas are helpful.

Few know that acupuncture is one of the best immune system boosters available. How does acupuncture improve immunity? Studies show that acupuncture increases cells that attack bacteria and harmful viruses. The effect can last for days. Regular acupuncture during cold season can dramatically reduce the chance of getting a cold.

Should the worst happen and you do catch a cold, acupuncture can take aim at its symptoms

-        Headache from fever
-        Congestion
-        Coughing
-        Respiratory issues
-        Backache
-        Lack of energy

One of the worst things about having a cold is that stuffy head feeling – which can be exacerbated by many over-the-counter cold and cough remedies. Suffice to say that it’s easy to spend half the morning with a cough-suppressant hangover and still feel miserable. Acupuncture can help you avoid this situation. 

Catching a cold early on increases the efficacy of acupuncture, so please make an appointment when you feel that first twinge of a cold coming on!

Pippa Crawford