COLD AND FLU ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

 

ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT FOR COLD AND FLU

-By Hong Jin, L.Ac.

 

The common cold and flu can occur in any season and anyone can easily catch it. Typical symptoms are headache, coughing, stuffy and running nose and body aches. Cold and flu are differentiated by their symptoms and treatment.

 

COLD

According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), there are three types of cold: wind cold, wind heat, and damp heat.

 

WIND COLD

Strong aversion to cold, minor fever, soreness and pain in limbs, itchy throat, white and thin phlegm, runny nose, clear nasal secretion and sneezing are symptomatic of wind cold. Sweating typically does not accompany this type of cold.

 

WIND HEAT

Radiating headache, fever, running and stuffy nose, aversion to wind, sweating, sneezing, thirst, sore and swollen throat, coughing out thick, yellow phlegm and dry mouth are typical symptoms of wind heat.

 

DAMP HEAT

Headache, tiredness, stuffy or pressing sensation in the chest, nausea, poor appetite, taste blindness and diarrhea are normally present with a damp heat cold.

 

FLU

Flu can be spread rapidly through viral or bacterial infection in upper respiratory tract and gastrointestinal system, often reaching epidemic status. The symptoms appear quickly, beginning with chills, then fever and aversion to cold. Flu is accompanied by the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, including severe headache, red eyes, body aches and pain, fatigue, low energy, sinus congestion, running nose, sore and swollen throat, coughing and shortness of breath.

 

Some patients show symptoms of Gastrointestinal tract infection including pressure in the chest, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and indigestion.

                                        

 

TREATMENT

Acupuncture treats all types of cold and flu effectively, achieving a quick recovery without side effects. Acupuncture works to stimulate the Qi (energy) of the channels, transport Qi and blood, improve circulation, coordinate and balance Yin and Yang, clear channels, support vital energy, expel exterior pathogens, restore and maintain the healthy state.

 

 

COLD TYPE                     COMBINATION OF POINTS

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WIND COLD   FENGCHI, FENGFU, WAIGUAN, BAIHUI, TAIYANG,

                          HEGU, ZUSANLI

 

WIND HEAT   YUJI, DAZHUI, QUCHI, HEGU, TAICHONG,  

                          ZUSANLI

                        

 

DAMP HEAT   SISHENCONG, ZHONGWAN, TIANSHU, NEIGUAN,

                          GUANCHONG, ZUSANLI

 

 

 

 

FLU TYPE                                    COMBINATION OF POINTS

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UPPER RESPIRATORY        FENGCHI, KONGZUI, YEMEN, DAZHUI,   

TRACT INFECTION              HEGU, TAICHONG,LIEQUE, CHIZE, ZUSANLI

 

COMPLEX OF UPPER           ZHONGWAN, ZUSANLI, TIANSHU,            

RESPIRATORY TRACT        LIEQUE, YEMEN, QUCHI, QIHAI,

& GASTOINTESTINAL         FENGCHI, DACHANGSHU, SHENMAI  

INFECTION                                    

      

 

 

 

PREVENTION

 

“Best doctors pay more attention to prevention” -- this sentence  found in a 2000 year old Chinese medical  book reveals the fundamental importance of prevention in Chinese  Medicine. Unfortunately, in modern times very few health care professionals focus on disease prevention.

 

Acupuncture is unique in treating cold and flu, especially today when flu epidemics can spread quickly throughout the world. Acupuncture can greatly enhance immune system protecting the body from being invaded by virus, bacteria and other pathogens.

 

 

These points can be used for prevention of any type of cold or flu:

YEMEN, DAZHUI, ZUSANLI, HEGU, TAICHONG, XUANZHONG(JUEGU)

 

Herbal formula can also help enhance and reinforce immune system:

 

DAQINGYE  15G   BANLANGEN 20G   GUANZHONG 9G

HUANGLIAN  15G   GANCAO 3G

 


 

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(Jane) Hong Jin, a California licensed acupuncturist, mainly trained in China, has more than 20 years experience in the field. Her specialties include:

 

Bell’s Palsy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Migraine/Chronic Headache, Tendonitis, Breast Lumps, Varicose Veins, Pains/Stiffness/Spasm, Auto/Work/Sports Injuries

 

3042 S. Hacienda Blvd., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

(Northeast corner of Hacienda Blvd. and Colima Road)  (626) 369 6658

 

 

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