Seasonal changes affect the body’s environment. When the hot days of summer give way to cooler temperatures, we become more susceptible to colds, flu and aches and pains – especially if we’ve forgotten to take a jacket or sweater to work with us.
Acupuncture for prevention
Acupuncture offers many services that are preventative to keep your body healthy during the cold and flu season.
If you are feeling the first signs of cold symptoms it is best to call right away so that the intensity and duration of you illness will be lessened.
Acupuncture can prevent colds and flu by building up the immune system with just a few needles inserted into key points along the body’s energy pathways. These points are known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy and for consolidating the outer defense layers of the skin and muscle so that germs and viruses cannot enter through them.
Seasonal treatments just four times a year also serve to tonify the inner organ systems and can correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems.
At Turning Point Acupuncture we recommend you come in for a preventative treatment to strengthen your immune system before winter hits. March/Late Autumn is the best time for this treatment.
It is recommended to get quarterly seasonal “tune-up” acupuncture treatments so that your body will transition naturally into the next season without the upheaval of getting sick.
There are many great herbal formulas that can boost your body up when everyone around you is falling down. It is important to work with your therapist to choose the correct formula for your body.
Gua sha or cupping
Are great way to nip a cold in the bud. Using a tool to gently scrape the skin or cups that create a vacuum like suction to open the pores allowing the wind-cold or wind-heat to leave the body.
Gua sha or cupping is often a wonderful adjunct to acupuncture and herbal therapy when treating a cold.
In Chinese medicine there are certain foods,which reflect the qualities of autumn, flavors and cooking methods.