The common cold is transmitted through inhalation of and physical contact with one of the 200 different viruses that cause cold symptoms. These symptoms include coughing, sneezing, sore throat, congestion and headache.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for the common cold.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of common cold generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of common cold:
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Common Cold
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating common cold. For a complete list from our store with more details see our common cold formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
Common cold, flu, general immunity, fever w/slight or no chills, headache, desire for fluids, cough, sore throat.
Pulse will be floating and rapid and the Tongue will have a red tip with a thin white or yellow tongue coating.