Acupuncture for Cold and Flu

June 2013

Acupuncture for Cold and Flu


As Winter has smashed its way into Wellington, particularly the South Coast, I thought I would write a short article about Acupuncture and Colds. Acupuncture has a long history of treating colds and flu and can be very effective in the prevention of and relief of these ailments.

In Acupuncture we call a cold or flu an External Invasion, meaning the outside environment has impacted on our body’s internal environment and caused an imbalance.

EIs can manifest differently for different people, not all cold symptoms are the same. For example you may have a Cold cold or a Hot cold. Without going in to too much detail a Cold cold is when a person feels worse in cold temperatures and better for heat and a Hot cold is where a person feels worse for heat and generally better in a more neutral temperatures. Both these colds need to be treated differently to get results.

Usually Acupuncture is very helpful in the initial stages of a cold, the period where you have aches and chills etc. We have great treatment methods like moxa and cupping to help warm the body and soothe the aching associated with a cold. I’ve personally used Acupuncture, Cupping and Moxa on myself and clients many times to ward off an oncoming cold and it has been a great help, sooo……..I am running a special till the end of August. If you feel like you are coming down with a cold or already have one you can book in with me for a half hour cold and flu appointment for a reduced charge of $20!

and no I’m not worried about you coming into my clinic sick.

To book in with me on Lambton Quay phone The Radiant Health Centre on 04 473 7318.

If you are booking online at Wellington Fitness Centre in Newtown, you can book through my website Click on the Ezybook logo enter your details and book in as a half hour follow up appointment. I am there on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Some quick tips for avoiding colds and flu this winter

Strengthening your immune system as the cold season arrives can be very helpful in preventing a cold. You can try taking immune boosting herbs such as olive leaf extract or echinacea.

Reheat your body overnight – when we are exposed to cold it can lower our body temperature which can make us susceptible to a virus. Usually our body gets a chance to warm itself through when we sleep so make sure you have enough warm linen to help your body out when sleeping.

Have a bath- Sometimes our body temperature can lower over a few days if you are feeling the cold or have noticed it for a couple days you can try having a bath or going for a spa bath at the pool as this can be helpful for warming up your core temperature.

Eat warming foods- Winter is generally considered a time for warm foods. Chinese Medicine recommends eating cooked foods and avoiding raw foods that cool our bodies metabolism. Eat soups, whole grains, stews and casseroles, roasted nuts etc help to warm the body’s core. Spices such as Cinnamon and Ginger are good for warming the body also.

Breathe through your nose- This tip was given to me by a singing teacher, he believed breathing through our nose is one of the most helpful ways to avoid an airborne virus as our nose acts as a filter for the air we breathe.(he also claimed to have had 5 colds in 20 years)

Hope you’re keeping well and warm