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Acupuncture in Prevention of Cold and Flu

Can Acupuncture Prevent Colds and Flu?


By: Marc Skiar, DA, Lac, MSTOM


The flu vaccine is not the only method available to treat the symptoms of the flu. Since the 17th century Oriental Medicine has been treating flu like symptoms with success. Adults and children do not have to worry about missing valuable time at work or school because Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can not only help prevent the flu, but can also help treat the illness once symptoms have begun to appear. Traditionally patients are seen four times a year, at the change of seasons, to increase immunity to the ever changing environment.


How does acupuncture work to prevent the flu?


Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine helps to prevent the flu by simply strengthening the body’s immune system. Each person has an underlying constitutional weakness that leaves their body weak and exposed in one area or another. This inherent weakness can lead to some people catching colds and flu. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine works by strengthening each person underlying weakness thus boosting their immune system. Where allopathic medical doctors use vaccinations to inject a variation of the virus into a person to immunize them from the illness, thus boosting the immune system, Oriental Medicine uses acupuncture and herbal medicine to prevent illness and boost the immune system. Studies have shown that certain blood counts and immune enhancing chemicals stay elevated for at least 3 days following an acupuncture treatment.


How often do I have to come in?


On average most adults need to be seen four times a year at the change of seasons to increase immunity to the changing environment. When it relates to the seasonal flu, four treatments are needed to strengthen the immune system. Depending on each individual, these treatments might occur a week apart or a month apart. It is important to receive treatment prior to feeling the symptoms of the flu, as this makes treatment easier and more effective.


Prevention verses presenting with symptoms?


Prevention is the key to everything and Oriental Medicine is no different. Patients will benefit much more from being treated prior to the onset of flu symptoms. However, if symptoms do arise, then immediate treatment is imperative. The sooner treatment is received for flu-like symptoms the faster and more effective treatment is.


Do the treatments differ for children verses adults?


The treatment of adults and children is different. Children respond much quicker to treatment than adults do. With adults I use acupuncture needles where as with children I use a non-invasive impulse machine to stimulate acupuncture points. The children only feel a slight tapping sensation at the site of the point.

Take now for prevention and wellness!



Influaforce or Flu Tonic​​10 drops 3 x day

Virotox or V-HP​​​​10 drops 3 x day

Echinaplex​​​​​15 drops 3 x day

Lymph I or Lymphoplex​​15 drops 3 x day

TPA​​​​​      1 packet 3 x day

Immune support:

Bio Colostrum Extra Strength​1 capsule 3 x day

* The recommended dosage for active flu is 10 drops of each product every hour for two days then 4-6 times per day for 10 days, followed by 3 times per day if needed.

Standard Virial Infection: 

Virotox or V-HP​​​​10 drops 3 x day

Echinaplex​​​​​15 drops 3 x day

Lymphoplex​​​​15 drops 3 x day

TPA​​​​​          1 packet 3 x day

Bacterial Infections:

BAC​​​​​​10 drops 3 x day

Drainage​​​​​10 drops 3 x day

Echinaplex​​​​​15 drops 3 x day




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