Acupuncture to Battle the Cold and Flu Season

by Doctor Holly Thompson

Along with all the wonderful things about this time of year, lots of activities, playing in the snow, and visitors dropping in to ski for the weekend, we can also experience stress, overwhelm, colds and flu. It often seems like these intruders sneak up and attack and there’s nothing we can really do about it.

Not true. Taking excellent care of yourself, scheduling down time, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated can all go along way in keeping you feeling your best. Today we’re going to focus on colds and flu.

Even with the best self-care, a particularly virulent cold virus can still make it through your body’s defenses.

Are you doomed to a week or ten days of misery?

Not necessarily.

First of all, pay attention to the signals your body is sending. Is there a slight scratchiness in your throat? Or do you typically get a headache, fatigue, and general achiness?

You can give your immune system a quick boost with fresh ginger tea. Take a few slices of fresh ginger root (I use a couple of ¼-1/2 “ slices and smash them with the side of  a knife-you could also grate it), a squeeze of lemon, and a teaspoon of honey and place them in a mug. Pour in very hot water and steep for about five minutes. Breathe in the steam, relax, and sip slowly. Fresh ginger tea is both soothing and amazingly effective at boosting the immune system.

In Chinese medicine, we recognize several types of colds, and have several well-developed and time-tested herbal formulas used to fight them. Taking a few loading doses of the correct formula (I really like Cold Quell) at the very first whisper of symptoms will often avert the illness. If the cold does take hold, it should be shorter and less severe than it would have been.

Acupuncture can also be amazingly effective in warding off a cold or help you feel better if you’re already sick. Don’t cancel an appointment if you’re not feeling well! A treatment will help you feel better and get better faster.

My hope is that you will have a happy and healthy winter season, but if a cold or flu threatens, please give me a call for some help here at Spring.

 

So, you are sick…we can help!

It is cold season in the Rockies!

What can you do for a quick immune boost to get tell that cold goodbye? 

You can get a Myers’ Push….

Say what?

A Myers’ Push is a form of IV therapy that combines a cocktail of vitamins and minerals to support many aspects of health including the immune system.  The treatment takes about 15-20 minutes and involves the doctor “pushing” the content of a syringe into your vein (hence the term intravenous or IV).

Sound gruesome? Keep listening…

Administering vitamins and minerals by IV rather than orally allows you to assimilate them faster and better.  We bypass the digestive tract (which includes the liver), and send nutrients directly into your blood, reaching organs and immune cells more readily.  For this reason, IV therapy can be particularly useful if you don’t have a perfect diet or great digestion.

The ingredients of a Myers’ cocktail include magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C.   Myer’s Pushes are ideal for fighting chronic sinus infections, allergies, asthma, fatigue and upper respiratory tract infections; and supporting conditions including colds and flus.

The vitamins and minerals in a Myers’ Push act to boost the body’s immune function, thus improving the patient’s ability to fight infection.  After all, the signs and symptoms of illness are an indication that there is a disturbance in the determinants of health, or the things that keep us feeling well.  If you have nasal congestion, a cough, and body aches, your body is making mucus to drown infection, making you cough to get that infection out of your lungs, and your immune system is revving up to fight off the infection.  By receiving a Myer’s Push, a patient gets the extra boost of vitamins and minerals that can optimize immune function.

A Myers’ Push can also be a great measure to give the immune system a boost going into cold and flu season, while traveling, or if family members are sick.  Our ideal goal is to prevent dis-ease and a Myers’ Push is a useful tool for immune support.

 

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