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Clinical studies suggest that using Oriental Medicine as both a preventive approach and treatment for colds and flu can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the length of the illness.
Prevention is the key to everything and Oriental Medicine is no different. Traditionally patients are seen four times a year, for four weekly treatments at the change of seasons, to increase immunity to the ever changing environment. This is especially good in autumn to prepare for the winter cold and flu season and in spring to alleviate hay fever, sinusitis and allergies.
A little more about Colds and Flu
Do you and your children miss valuable time at work or school because of colds and flu, recurring tonsillitis, chronic cough or asthma?
Oriental Medicine helps to prevent colds and flu by strengthening the body’s immune system. This has been shown in studies on the use of acupuncture in cancer treatments where acupuncture has enhanced immune function by elevating certain blood counts and immune enhancing chemicals for at least 3 days following treatment.
Even though germs, bacteria, and viruses are everywhere they do not cause disease according to Oriental medical theory. Illness occurs when our organ systems are weak and out of balance as this creates a hospitable environment for germs, bacteria and viruses to thrive. When symptoms (such as fever, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose, fatigue, headaches and body aches, cough, sweating and watery eyes) begin to arise then immediate treatment is the key. The sooner treatment is received the faster and more effective treatment is.
Though it may make you feel lousy, getting a cold is not always a bad thing. Instead, it’s a sign that your body’s resistance is strong and vital, working to restore you to a state of good health. However, if your immune system is already compromised, a cold could further weaken your body, leaving you open to more serious illness. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are a safe, natural and effective way to support your body’s self-repairing, self-balancing and healing system.
- In 1979 the World health Organization listed 40 diseases for which acupuncture was considered to be beneficial and diseases of the respiratory tract including asthma and bronchitis were included in that list.
- A study conducted at the University Hospital of Vienna revealed that over 70% of patients with long-standing asthma reported a significant improvement of their ailments after ten weeks of acupuncture treatment.
- A study conducted by RMIT University researchers and published in the Medical Journal of Australia found acupuncture was effective in relieving the symptoms of inflammatory nasal allergies.
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