12 Mar 2013

Cure for the Common Cold

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Acupuncture has helped the Chinese population with the common cold and flu for over three thousand years, because a few carefully placed needles can nudge the body into a significant rise in immunity. Adding to that, some herbs have also been used for centuries to ward off colds and infections.

“The common cold was cured by Chinese medicine 3000 years ago.”

One of my favorite advertisements for Chinese medicine is on a banner inside of an acupuncturist’s office in San Francisco—it reads:

Definition for the Common Cold

The Merck Manual describes the common cold as an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract, with inflammation in any or all airways, including the sinuses, throat, larynx, and often the trachea and bronchi. Fever and more severe symptoms such as aches, chills, sore throat, etc. are usually characteristics of “the flu.”

How To Treat a Cold

Western medicine tries to kill germs after they have invaded, but antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. Flu shots target a small percentage of scientists’ best guesses of this year’s flu season.

In addition to reducing stress and getting more rest in the fall and winter seasons, be sure to stay hydrated and increase hand washing. If you are in a high stress situation, or one in which flu or colds are circulating and increasing your exposure, begin taking Astra 8, from Health Concerns, available in our office. The Chinese phrase for the herbs in this ancient formula is “Jade Wind Screen.” We have significant personal experience with this formula’s effectiveness, both for ourselves and our clients.

Stay healthy this year!

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About the Author


Janet Barrows, has a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA. She is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.) practicing acupuncture and integrative medicine in Santa Rosa, CA. Her practice includes acupuncture, natural herbs, facial rejuvenation, nutrition, and medical qigong.