The flu is a respiratory illness caused by an influenza virus. The most common form of the flu is seasonal influenza, which peaks in the late fall and winter. Symptoms include headache, fever, sore throat, body aches, chills, vomiting, cough, runny nose, diarrhea and tiredness. People at risk for seasonal flu include the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes. The flu is contagious and can be transmitted from person to person, or through contact with the virus on the surface of an object.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for the flu.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of flu 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 flu:
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for flu that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.
The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Flu
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating flu. For a complete list from our store with more details see our flu 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.)
The following (1) chinese herb may be useful for flu. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.