Are you ready for the cold and flu season?

Acupuncture can be used to prevent the onset of colds and flus and, when caught early, stop them from turning into full-blown conditions. Studies have shown that certain acupuncture points are effective in boosting the immune system, and when combined with Chinese herbs this can be an extremely effective treatment for common winter illnesses.

In China the change of the seasons is considered the best time to boost and strengthen the immune system, and Athlone Natural Health Clinic would recommend a course of acupuncture at the change between summer and autumn and again at the change between spring and summer to strengthen the immune system.

If you do happen to catch a cold or flu, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help lessen the severity and speed the recovery time of the illness. If you visit your acupuncturist at the first signs of a cold or flu, you can receive treatment and herbal medicine that will help to relieve symptoms and repair your immunity so that your body can fight off the illness more quickly and effectively.

If an illness is lingering, acupuncture will help stop the pattern of re-infection and weakening immunity so that you can get over your cold or flu in its entirety. Using acupuncture and Chinese herbs during the recovery stage of infection is a good way to ensure you are completely over the infection and that your immune system is intact and ready to fight off the next bout of sickness. Two or three weekly treatments after an illness will help to restore balance in your immune, respiratory, and digestive systems.

Chinese medicine has made particular advancements in the treatment of viral and bacterial infections, with the ancient wisdom combined with what modern acupuncturists know about viral infections such as the flu.

To make an appointment or receive further information contact Amy at Athlone Natural Health Clinic on (087 ) 1318972 or visit


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