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As the chill settles in the air and the inevitable approach of winter is occurring, flus and colds are running rampant through our workplaces and homes. This means sick calls and loss of valuable work time and income for many of us. Some of you may simply bear with the symptoms and work through them with over-the-counter antihistimines and cold medications. I know when some take the cold/flu medications, they are either dead asleep in the middle of their day, excessively drier than a bone in their sinus passages, or wide awake in the wee hours of the morning! All of us respond differently to the basic over-the-counter medicines but patent Chinese herbal medicines work wonders and taking the proactive approach before the cold/flu season starts is always the best!
Contact your friendly Traditional Chinese medical practitioner (acupuncturist/herbalist) in the beginning of September to schedule your well-visits before the cold/flu season starts. There are so many great acupuncture treatments to boost the immune system and assist the Lungs in maintaining their strength to fight. Patent herbal medicines are usually side effect- free and work well for boosting immunity and treating common symptoms associated with cold/flus.
But what about the pre-cold/flu feelings? The slightly scratchy throat, the kind of runny nose, and the minor general achiness you are currently experiencing can be boosted out of your body with 1-2 acupuncture treatments. Don’t try to work through it thinking, “oh, it will go away…It’s not really a cold/flu.” Call your acupuncturist and make an appointment as soon as you start to feel the initial symptoms and you will not regret it. You’ll be back to work faster than if you “just rode it out”. And although for some, returning to work is not a great as it sounds, staying at home miserable definitely is not anyone’s idea of fun. Be proactive and call your acupuncturist/herbalist today for further information.