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How Effective Is TCM Against Flu & Cold?

How Effective Is TCM Against Flu & Cold?
09 Mar 2016

Is there any treatment against flu & the common cold which would cure the diseases efficiently without triggering any side effects? You might have asked something like this to your doctor many times. But whatever he or she gives to you, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, ends up making you suffer from one side effect or the other. However, there is an alternative therapy which can make your flu or cold go away without inducing any other symptoms in your body. And that alternative natural and holistic therapy is Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Modalities of TCM, especially acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, have been used for centuries in ancient China as the only remedies for each and every known disease, including cold and flu. There is much written historical evidence about the effectiveness of TCM against these two conditions. Even in the modern times, several competent practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are using one or both of the treatment methods along with dietary changes for treating cold and flu.
 
As most of us know, acupuncture involves insertion of fine needles in the body at certain points (acupoints) located along meridians. The consequential stimulation enhances the immune system of the body, which can in turn help an individual to stay safe from cold and flu. It also improves blood circulation and fortifies the defensive barrier of the body against viruses which cause various seasonal illnesses.
 
Chinese herbal medicine for cold and flu varies as per the symptoms exhibited by an individual. It is also based upon the predominance of cold, heat and other pathogens as well as strength of the Qi. Different herbs are combined according to the symptoms they alleviate, for ensuring rapid elimination of the pathogen. Some of the most commonly used herbs include ginger (Sheng Jiang), cinnamon twig (Gui Zhi), forsythia (Lian Qiao) and lonicera (Jin Yin Hua). One of the most important formulas for treating cold and flu is Gui Zhi Tang. If taken on a regular basis, this formula can harmonise Yang and Yin and strengthen the immune system.
 
As has been mentioned already, TCM practitioners may use either or both acupuncture and Chinese herbs for curing flu and cold. The treatment used would largely depend upon the kind and severity of the symptoms. The patient usually begins to recover within a couple of days if the symptoms are mild. But it may take some more time for patients with both cold and flu to get complete relief.

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