So with cold and flu season about to hit I thought I would put down some thoughts.
Will Chinese medicine "CURE" my cold?
In all honesty the answer is No. You already have the cold, its a virus. You have it because you were exposed to the virus and your immune system was not strong enough to stop it manifesting as symptoms like runny nose, chills, fever, cough etc.
Fever is your body's way of mounting an attack to fight off the virus. That is what its designed for. If you suppress the fever with an over the counter medication or NSAID then it may take your body longer to complete its attack.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine, along with some self care, may enhance your immune system to allow your body to do its job a bit more effectively and therefore shorten the duration of your cold or flu.
self care ideas - Stay warm, this means you are not using up internal resources that may be better utilized fighting your virus.
Ginger and honey tea, the ginger helps warm you from the inside while the honey soothes the sore throat.
Rest - you know you can do it! Also to allow your body to focus on fighting off the virus.
My best advice is GET ONTO IT STRAIGHT AWAY , the earlier you start the shorter your symptoms.
I speak from experience as only last week I fended off the worst of a cold , sure I had symptoms for about 48hrs but a cold often lasts a lot longer than that , right?