“If you are getting sick, or you are sick, acupuncture and herbs can reduce your symptoms, shorten the length of the cold, or push it out of your system immediately, if caught quickly.”
I love treating people who are coming down with a cold. Getting a cold is a pretty common occurrence for us humans – many people have one or two colds a year, and otherwise feel pretty healthy. On a recent Saturday I saw multiple patients, four to be exact, who were either fighting a cold, felt like they had started getting sick that week, or were in the midst of a cold (and for some this was the second cold in the last 4-6 weeks).
Why do I love to treat colds? Because acupuncture and Chinese herbs excel at this – I’ve said it many times but will say it again, that if you are getting sick, or you are sick, acupuncture and herbs can reduce your symptoms, shorten the length of the cold, or push it out of your system immediately, if caught quickly.
You might have your own home remedies – the Neti pot (great!), lots of vitamin C and warm liquids
(great!), sleep (great!) and soup (great!). You might also use over the counter medicines with mixed results. These can be helpful but also may have side effects you don’t like, or may not really work, but give you enough symptom relief that you can better make it through your life.
The cool thing about Chinese herbs is that they work really really well, quickly, and do not make you feel jittery, sleepy, or otherwise out of it. They restore your body to balance by treating the symptoms and, for some, boost the immune system. Not everyone will take the exact same formula if they are coming in with a cold – for some people the start is in the throat, with a scratchy or itchy throat and mild fever – for others they may have runny eyes, and runny nose, from the start with no throat symptoms. My job is to assess your pattern, give you an amazing acupuncture treatment to clear the symptoms and then send you home with herbs to resolve the rest of your condition.