You never have to wonder when the cold and flu season is around the corner. The pharmaceutical industry will be sure that you are reminded of its arrival.
With ads in store windows and magazines, its easy to feel like the pharmaceutical industry and the medical community at large are depending on you to leave the fate of your health and well being up to the workings of pharmaceutical pills and shots - because they are. The Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture world take a slightly different approach by tapping into the innate healing power that runs through your body and the living world around you, however, offering a welcome alternative to those who are interested.
In Chinese Medicine we recognize that a cold or flu will progress through specific levels and stages of illness in the body. Everyone's journey is unique, as you have probably experienced at home.
Have you ever noticed in a family of 4 or 5, for instance, that when everyone is exposed to the same germs and viruses, only one or two family members get ill while the others don’t? The issue is not the germs, but the body’s response to them, caused by an individual’s immune system.
While the symptoms and progression may be slightly unique person to person therefore, the path their immune system progress along is prescribed. Some people just jump a few steps sometimes resulting in different looking journey's, and over the past 3,000 years Chinese Medicine has made a thorough and detailed analysis of this progression. We call it "4 Levels" and "6 Stages" and we can predict based on tongue, pulse and symptoms where you are in any given cold or flu and where you are likely to go next without intervention.
Using a combination of Acupuncture and prescribed herbal interventions, colds and flu's can either be reversed or, in some cases, quickly progressed to shorten the duration of illness and speed you to a healthy recovery!
If we return to the example of the 5 person family and imagine that YOU were one of the people ill, it is likely that that this last time you got sick you were running yourself ragged, missing sleep, eating improperly, perhaps slacking on your nutrition, possibly stressed out from work, skipping your acupuncture sessions (aghast!), and neglecting your workouts. Maybe sound familiar?
This is a vicious pattern that many of us fall into, especially as the holiday season approaches, and it’s one that weakens the body and allows germs to take hold.
Your best defense against the flu, colds, or any other germ-borne illness is to bolster your internal defenses. You stand your best chance of being at your healthiest when you have an optimally functioning nervous system and immune response.
So come in for an acupuncture tune-up, keep your lifestyle habits in good order, and maintain a positive attitude. Do so, and those pesky little germs don’t stand a chance!
Plus, if they DO take hold, your trusty Acupuncturist has 3,000 years of data behind him or her to figure out what is going on and kick those germs in their collective arsehole back from whence they came, preferably never to infect another member of your household again.
Engage in natural germ warfare today! See your Acupuncturist ASAP.
Rebecca M H Kitzerow is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in La Center, Washington. With over a decade of experience she has won 10 Nattie consumer choice awards from Natural Awakenings Magazine since 2014.