In the midst of all the summer fun we are having; the BBQ's, pool parties, summer camp, the hikes and movies and late nights without bedtimes and trips to amusements parks, we remember that fall is just around the corner. It also heralds the start of cold & flu season as our kids share all their summer stories, and germs, with one another.
And so start the rituals so many parents embark on during the fall as they stock up on cold and flu medicines, cough drops and vitamins. They purchase hand sanitizers, cleansing wipes and antibacterial sprays. In the end, the family inevitably ends up catching a bug. Ah yes, a family that sticks together gets sick together.
Did you know that there is another alternative form of preventive medicine? Acupuncture and herbal medicine can effectively reinforce one's immune system against infections by balancing our bodies energy pathways. When these pathways become out of balance or depleted, our bodies in turn become susceptible to bacteria and viruses. These energy pathways are referred to as “Wei Qi”. Acupuncture stimulates our Wei Qi which in turn bolsters our immune system and often accelerates recovery from illness without the need for over-the-counter medication. This treatment is recommended for everyone, including children! It is safe, comforting, and virtually painless.
Working as a 1-2 punch against illness, our treatment protocols also employs the use of essential oils. Natural plant chemicals often have healing properties that can support your body's ability to ward or fight off infections. Through simply inhaling the scents, or applying the oils topically to your body, their therapeutic effects are quickly noticed. Among the most common uses for these oils are stress reduction, soothing muscle or joint discomfort, promoting healthy digestion, easing stomach discomfort, PMS relief, and easing the pain of headaches.
As your summer winds down, consider this preventive form of alternative medicine. It may save you from many doctor visits, and missed work or school days, in the coming months ahead!
Health and Healing,
Ida I Mat Aris, L.Ac.