Cold, Flu and Chinese Medicine

Respiratory illness started early this season. Once school was back in session, many adults and kids alike had fever, chills, body aches, extreme tiredness or coughing. For some, symptoms worsened and turned into pneumonia and bronchitis. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are very effective tools for faster recovery. They can accelerate the bodies healing process and boost its immune system.

The ideal time for treatment is as early as possible, when symptoms have just started. Some common signs include feeling off, nasal congestion, slight headache, or itchy throat.

We use acupuncture and herbal medicine to reduce fever and ease upper respiratory symptoms. When treating our younger patients who are scared of needles, herbal teas and massage are great alternatives to ease the symptoms. Cupping is also another great technique we use for coughing and chest congestion. If you have never had cupping before, it’s usually done on the person’s back along the spine. Depending on the condition of the body, you might get circle bruises that last for a few days.

Prevention is the key in Chinese Medicine. Many of our patients come in regularly for a tune up treatment to balance the body. The best time is to follow nature, with the changing of seasons, about 4 times a year. As a result, the body can adjust to daily stresses better and reduce the likeliness of getting sick. Even if your cold or flu has persisted for awhile, acupuncture and herbs can help and prevent the pathogen from going deeper into your lung and consuming your vital energy. Talk to us about our prevention protocol for cold and flu to keep you healthier and happier.

Fluids for Immunity


Remedies for Lingering Cold’s and sore throats.


Still fighting the cold that is out there, use food to fight congestion and infection.  Traditional broth remedies have been used for years and help nourish and heal the body here are two favorites in our office.


Chili broth

This is a simple broth that combines nourishing broth, immune stimulating garlic, chili decongestant and thyme a known anti-bacterial/viral.


2 cups   Chicken or vegetable broth (organic is best)

3 cloves   Fresh garlic, crushed or minced

1/4– ½ tsp Red chili flakes

3                  Sprigs of fresh thyme (remove before eating)


Sore Throat Drink

Drink warm or cold the honey and lemon can soothe a sore throat, while the ginger and cayenne will boost immunity and kill infection.


2 cups   Water

2” piece   Fresh ginger, sliced into ¼” pieces

½ -1 tsp   Honey

3 Tbsp   Fresh lemon juice

¼ – ½ tsp   Cayene pepper ( as much as you can stand)


Can add other tinctures to this mix if you need any more of a boost, just contact our office.