With the weather changing and our bodies adjusting to the new temperatures – not to mention all the friends and family we tend to visit this time of year – it’s no wonder that the fall is known for getting us a little bit sick. If you’re susceptible to flu symptoms, a flu shot could protect you from it completely or at least help to alleviate some of the more serious side effects. However, if you didn’t get your flu shot or don’t believe in getting one and have contracted a bit of a cold, there’s a different, painless treatment that involves needles that may provide you with some relief.
Acupuncture can provide a great number of benefits for those suffering from cold and flu symptoms. Acupuncture uses extremely thin needles that are placed in specific parts of the body which, in turn, stimulates the brain to release T-cells, or NK (Natural Killer) cells. These T-cells have a positive effect on the immune system to boost your body’s natural abilities help fight infections.
According to University Hospitals, acupuncture has been shown in studies to provide a surge in immune system-enhancing chemical neurotransmitters for three days following a treatment session. This means that if you schedule an appointment right at the first feeling of a pending cold or flu or at the earliest sign of symptoms, an acupuncture treatment can help your body prevent the sickness from progressing or speed your recovery. Acupuncture can also help reduce other cold and flu symptoms while you are sick, including providing relief for sore throat and congestion and lessening the severity of fevers, chills and bodily aches and pains often associated with the flu.
Acupuncture does much more than relieve stress or back pain. While the process may be centuries old, this treatment continues to offer a range of positive benefits in the modern day. This cold and flu season, help your body’s immune system and keep yourself healthy by scheduling an acupuncture session with WellStream Acupuncture. To learn more, call us at 323-463-9355 today.