Use acupuncture to help beat those autumn bugs
We’ve written a lot over the last few months about the various ways that acupuncture can help to relieve pain, improve sleep and ease anxiety, but as we move into autumn and the nights draw in, acupuncture can also be a great defence against colds and flu.
The heavy rain we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks may be great for restoring balance in nature, but the wet weather and colder temperatures are a potent mix when it comes to our general health as damp conditions become the norm and our bodies are required to do more to protect us.
At this time of year, we see a great many patients who come to see us for help with all sorts of problems but who are also struggling with the unpleasant symptoms that the common cold can bring.
One of the benefits of acupuncture as a treatment is that it’s a whole body therapy – so although you might come to us because you’re in pain or you’re struggling with stress or you can’t sleep, the halo effect of acupuncture means that your treatment with us can also balance the other issues you may be dealing with.
Acupuncture is an ancient therapy dating back at least two millennia – some people believe it goes back more than 5,000 years – and it works by restoring balance in the life force energy that we all have, known as qi (and pronounced chee).
When our qi becomes blocked, disrupted or depleted, it reduces the effectiveness of the immune system, making us more susceptible to illness.
Acupuncture uses superfine needles inserted painlessly into the skin at specific points on what are known as the meridian lines to trigger energy that helps to remove the blockages.
But, crucially, this practice also helps to stimulate production of natural biological chemicals such dopamine and serotonin, both of which, we know, help to reduce pain, improve the efficiency of the immune system, balance our emotions and regulate organ function.
This chemical chain reaction raises blood counts and strengthens the immune system for up to three days, giving the body extra defence against colds and flu symptoms.
Of course, there is no cure for the common cold – but acupuncture can certainly be of benefit as part of a healthy routine that aims to prevent symptoms occurring in the first place, and by having acupuncture treatment as soon as you start to feel the onset of a cold, you have a better chance of getting over it more quickly.
Acupuncture is a complementary treatment, which means it is effective when used alongside other therapies and remedies, so the usual things you might do to stave off illness can also be used in conjunction with acupuncture.
These might include taking vitamin supplements, herbal treatments and, naturally, making sure you have a good, healthy and balanced diet. Sleep is also one of nature’s wonder cures for many illnesses and conditions.
And as we said – because acupuncture is an holistic treatment, your therapy will also be working hard on your behalf to manage the things you might not even know are an issue.
The beauty of acupuncture is there’s no limit to how often you can have treatment. Many of our patients come to us for regular acupuncture sessions as a way of maintaining a healthy qi and keeping themselves protected against pain and physical and mental discomfort.
If you’d like to find out more about how acupuncture can help you in the battle against colds and flu as we head into the autumn and winter seasons, or you have another issue that you think acupuncture might be able to resolve, please get in touch – we’d love to help you make an informed decision about the best way to protect your wellbeing.