Acupuncture for the Prevention of Colds & Flus

Acupuncture for Prevention of colds & flus: Staying Healthy with the Change of Seasons

Most people know that acupuncture is useful to alleviate aches and pain, however acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are also very effective to prevent disease, including seasonal colds and flus. Seasonal changes affect the body’s environment and when hot summer temperatures shift to the typical Westcoast cooler & wetter temperatures, our body needs to adapt to the climate changes. If our immune system is weak during these times of transition to cooler weather, we become more susceptible to colds & flus.

Acupuncture for prevention:
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine work to prevent colds and flu by building up the body’s immune system. This can be done by introducing just a few needles at key points along the body’s pathways. If you do not like the thought of needles, acupressure (finger pressure) or tuning forks can be used instead, with similar effects. The chosen acu-points are known for strengthening the circulation of blood and ‘qi’ (or energy) through-out the body with the goal to make the body stronger so that it can defend against the invasion of viruses and bacteria. In addition, seasonal acu-treatments just 4-5 times per year can serve keep the body healthy and prevent diseases.

Acupuncture for prevention, relaxation and overall wellbeing:
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has been around for over 3000 years. In addition to helping to prevent cold and flus, acupuncture has a calming effect on the body & mind and is very helpful for stress reduction and insomnia. Acupuncture does this by helping to balance the major systems of the body including the hormonal, endocrine and nervous systems. Other conditions that acupuncture can treat include digestive issues, body pain, women’s hormonal issues as well as mild to moderate psychological disturbances.
Acupuncture does not interfere with Western medical treatment. On the contrary, it can provide a welcome complement to it in most cases, and with its emphasis on treating the whole person, recovery time for illness is often shortened.

For more information see my website: or contact me at Northview Health & Wellness Centre:
Dr. Silvia Vidas, Dr. TCM and Registered Acupuncturist
Northview Health & Wellness Centre (formerly Northview Massage Therapy Clinic)
604 986-3771
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