Cold and Flu Tips and Tricks

It’s that time of year again. The weather is changing, kids are back in school, and the sore throats and snotty noses soon follow.  What can we do about it?  As many of you know, we have a few key supplements that can really make a difference:

Congaplex is an immune boosting vitamin that you can take on a regular basis if you are prone to getting sick or are exposed to a lot of germs, like teachers, kids and health care practitioners. It is super effective when taken right when you start to feel a little run down.

Yin Chiao is a Chinese herbal formula that is amazing at staving off what is called wind-heat in Chinese medicine. The first symptom is scratchy or sore throat. We recommend that people keep this in their car, purse, office or pantry. If you get a couple of doses in right away, it can save you from getting sick!

Garlic, fresh & raw has long been used as an antiviral. If a cold begins to take hold in your body, garlic can effectively vent the pathogen out of your body. A few good doses of garlic can decrease your sore throat and shorten the length of your cold.  Mince a large clove of garlic,  spread your favorite nut butter on a cracker or two, top with minced garlic and a drizzle of honey. Seriously delicious!

Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy that can cut flu symptoms in half. If you have a headache, body aches, chills or fever, this is the ticket. It is not a cure, but flu symptoms can make life miserable and any relief is welcomed.

Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan, also known as “Clean Air” pills are amazing at clearing phlegm-heat. Just like it sounds, it quickly dries up the phlegm in the sinuses, chest and throat.

Xiao Chai Hu Tang is a formula that unblocks the Shao Yang (Gallbladder and Triple Warmer) channels. When you have a sinus infection and feel totally plugged up in the head, especially with clogged ears, this formula clears it right out.

Acupuncture!!! So many of you know that when you don’t feel good, you should come get a treatment. Acupuncture can cut the duration and intensity of your sickness in half. Regular acupuncture treatments are immune boosting and will keep your body’s defenses up.

For proper dosing, products and prescription-specific information, contact our office for practitioner recommendations.