Acupuncture for (recurrent) flu symptoms, COVID, and other viruses

While COVID is once again making headlines, common colds are also prevalent. Sometimes, we shift from one virus to another, which can be very inconvenient and disruptive to our daily lives. Did you know that acupuncture is very effective in preventing and alleviating (flu) viruses and cold symptoms? In this blog post, we will explain how such illnesses are viewed in Traditional Chinese Medicine, how they can be combated, and how we can provide support. Keep reading to learn more.

What do we mean by flu viruses?

Viruses are everywhere. Whether we become sick from a virus or not depends on the strength of the virus and the state of our immune system. When a virus enters our body, it's referred to as a viral infection. There are different types of viruses that cause various symptoms. These include flu viruses like Influenza, common cold viruses, and gastrointestinal viruses like Norovirus. There are also viruses like Herpes Simplex (which causes cold sores) and COVID.

How does TCM view seasonal changes?

Twice a year, at the beginning of autumn and spring, the sun is directly above the equator, and day and night are of equal length worldwide. This is known as the equinox. This equinox is reflected in the yin and yang dynamic balance symbol, Taiji. In Chinese medicine, the onset of autumn marks an extreme transition from rising energy (from Yin to Yang) to declining energy (from Yang to Yin). In TCM, there is a close relationship between humans and the natural world, and seasons are considered a way to understand this relationship and promote health. During this equinox, humans also experience this extreme shift. If we don't feel well during this time, the chances of falling ill are high.

How about the elements and seasons?

TCM operates with five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each element is associated with a season. The transition between summer and autumn is linked to the earth element, a time of stability and balance. Maintaining a healthy digestion is important during this period. Autumn is associated with the metal element, a time of change and letting go. TCM emphasises the importance of supporting the lungs and the immune system during autumn, as it's the season when colds and flu often occur.

How do flu viruses originate?

In Chinese Medicine, viruses are seen as cold or heat. These extreme cold and heat conditions disrupt our balance and affect our yin and yang equilibrium. According to Chinese Medicine, you can catch a cold if you’re not wearing a beanie or scarf in winter.

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How can we prevent getting sick?

Strengthening the immune system is the most important aspect. Regular rest, good nutrition, ample outdoor activity, and stress management contribute to this. You can also read our blog on strengthening the immune system here. Acupuncture can also be very effective in enhancing the immune system and maintaining balance in the body. This way, you can prevent falling ill or address bothersome prolonged bouts of the flu at their root.

How can acupuncture help in preventing and dealing with flu viruses and COVID?

Acupuncture influences the yin and yang balance in your body and mind. By balancing these as effectively as possible and allowing energy to flow to all organs in your body, your immune system is better equipped to keep potential intruders at bay and potentially eliminate them. Acupuncture focuses on restoring balance and strengthening the body's defence energy.

What can you do at home to strengthen your resistance against COVID and other viruses?

It's essential to maintain balance. Therefore, avoid extremes in every aspect of your life. Don't stay up extremely late, avoid exhausting yourself, and refrain from consuming junk food. Get enough exercise, preferably in nature. This ensures that all organs are well-perfused and can perform their tasks optimally. Dress warmly in cold weather. If you already feel the onset of a flu but haven't developed a fever yet, you can try sweating it out. Think about activities like running, taking a very hot shower, or eating spicy chicken soup. Additionally, living in harmony with the natural cycle of seasons helps. Adapt your diet to the season; for example, consume warming foods in colder months and cooling foods in summer.

Do you regularly experience unpleasant flu or cold symptoms? Our acupuncturists are here for you. We're happy to help you in strengthening your immune system and restoring balance. Easily make an appointment at one of our clinics in Breukelen, Hoofddorp, Nieuw-Vennep, Rijswijk / Delft, Voorburg or Wassenaar