Acupuncture and the Treatment of Cold and Flu

Posted by | December 29, 2014 | Blog | No Comments

There have been a number of studies that proves that acupuncture reduces the occurrence of colds and flu.

Acupuncture is unique in treating these and other health conditions. The Flue epidemic today is easily spread today, with acupuncture, we can enhance our entire system protecting the body from being invaded by virus, bacteria and other pathogens.

Acupuncture is one of the best ways to stimulate the immune system, rebalance energy, and normalize the Qi (Vital Energy).

Cold and flu related Flu related conditions can occur to infants as well to seniors. The most common symptoms are fever, runny nose, cough, ache muscles, feeling of severe fatigue, sore throat, and headaches. Some can also experience deficiency in their other systems such as their digestive system showing symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Cold and Flu-related illnesses can occur any time of the year, but mostly common in the winter.

In cases where patients are much older Cold and flu can develop into serious complications and with recurring health problems. As soon as you feel cold or flu symptoms, it would be beneficial to start a series of acupuncture treatments as it will help eliminate pathogenic influences.

 According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), there are three types of colds:

Wind cold: this type of cold is accompanied by strong aversion to cold, discomfort, irritated throat, minor fever, and ache in limbs, white and thin phlegm, clear runny nasal secretion and sneezing are symptomatic of wind cold.

Wind heat: Crashing headache, running and stuffy nose, more fever, aversion to wind, sweating, sneezing, feeling of thirst, yellow phlegm and dry mouth, coughing out thick, sore and inflamed throat.

Damp heat: headache, fatigue, sensation of pressure in the chest, epigastric a/or abdominal oppression, poor appetite, feeling of nausea, no taste, heavy body, thirst with little/no desire to drink, abdominal pain, loose stools with strong odor possibly with burning anus, nausea, vomiting, fever.

Damp-cold: sensation of cold in the abdomen alleviated with the application of heat, heavy head a/or body, lack of thirst, loose stools Poor appetite, chest a/or epigastric oppression.

TCM approach to the flu is different than that of the common  cold since the flu can rapidly spread through viral or bacterial infection in upper respiratory tract and gastrointestinal system, frequently reaching epidemic status. The symptoms of the flu appear quickly, it may begin with cold-hot chills, then fever and aversion to cold. Flu is accompanied by the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, includes severe headache, pressure in the chest, red eyes, body throbbing and pain, tiredness, sensation of low energy, sinus congestion, running nose, sore and inflamed throat, coughing and shortness of breath, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and indigestion.


We have treated many cases of cold and flu with magnificent results. It been proven that Acupuncture is one of the best ways to coordinate and rebalance the Qi (Vital Energy) and Yin-Yang of our immune system. Acupuncture works wonders to stimulate the Qi (energy) of the meridians or energy pathways in our bodies, and expelling exterior pathogens. There have been a number of studies that proves that acupuncture reduces the occurrence of colds and flues. Acupuncture treats all types of cold and flu effectively, resulting in a quick recovery without side effects.

Dr Diana, ND

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine