Antibiotics won’t help a cold or flu, But Acupuncture can
As shown in the local papers, many people still think that antibiotics can cure a cold or flu. The truth is they don’t, they are designed for bacterial infections. Influenza and the common cold are viruses, which means that antibiotics will do nothing to them except ruin the native flora in your digestion. This is also a problem caused by GP’s who are over prescribing antibiotics when they shouldn’t, remember as a patient you have the rite to say “no”. This over use is what is causing the surge in antibiotic resistant bacteria, which will end up being a bigger health concern for us all in the future.
In Chinese Medicine, colds and flu are what we call “wind-cold” or “wind-heat” pathogens, depending on the symptoms you present with. Especially in the early stages, Acupuncture is highly effective in shortening the duration of infection and giving a much needed boost to your immune system. The key is to seek treatment the moment symptoms present of either a sore throat, fever or sinus congestion. Many patients I see don’t come in until they’ve been ill for several weeks. By this point it has become a different type of problem, one we can still rectify, but it would’ve been resolved much quicker if treatment was sought the moment the infection began.
Remember though, no medicine has a magic cure for colds and flu, prevention is always better than cure. Make sure you stay warm in the cold months, eat well and get plenty of sleep. That way your immune system should be strong enough to prevent the infection occurring in the first place.