cold and flues can be helped by acupuncture

How to prevent a cold this season!

How to prevent a cold this season!

As my favorite season comes creeping in…

“The forces of Autumn create dryness in Heaven and metal on Earth; they create the lung organ and the skin upon the body…and the nose, and the white color and the pungent flavor…the emotion grief, and the ability to make a weeping sound”.

-The Inner Classic

Fall is the season of harvest, a time to pull inward and gather together on all levels, a time to store up fuel, food and warm clothing, a time to study and plan for the approaching stillness of Winter.  Everything in nature contracts and moves its essence inward and downward.  Leaves and fruit fall, seeds dry, the sap of trees goes into the roots.

All the seasons are poetic, but something useful and timely for autumn is…how to beat a cold.

How to beat a cold is really quite easy!  At the very first feeling, and I mean the very first feeling of a tickle in your throat start loading up on your supplements.  If you wait until the end of the day, it may be too late.  Stock up on what you need and have it on hand.

A tickle in the throat?

Try one of our favorites, Gan Mao Ling…6 tablets initially, then 3 every 3 hours.  Stop by anytime to grab a bottle!

Vitamin C…2000-3000mg per day

or a sore throat…

Yin Qiao…6 tablets initially, then 3 tablets every 3 hours, it’s more common to find the pill version in places like Whole Foods, we have the powder version in the office.

Echinacea Surpreme by Gaia…30 drop in water every 3 hours or Wellness Formula or any other Immune enhancer.

Zinc Lozenges…1 lozenge every 3 hours

Vitamin C…2000-3000mg a day

If the cold progresses and you get sick, call the office, we have specific herbal formulas that you won’t find over the counter and because symptoms vary there isn’t always one basic prescription for every body.  Of course, getting some acupuncture can help tons to release the ‘pathogen’ and boost your immune system.

The other thing to remember is if you have done everything right and you still get sick, take a look at life, how is it for you?  High stress?  Doing too much?  Perhaps your body needs a long waited rest.  Being sick, isn’t the worst thing in the world, it could be the best, because it makes you slow down and can reset your whole body.