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Acupuncture and herbal medicine: Strategies to deal with flu
Flu season is still with us, and we continue to see people coming in with headache, body ache, and digestive and/or respiratory symptoms.
Herbal medicine and acupuncture stimulate and strengthen the immune system, and can prevent or reduce the severity and duration of symptoms.
Many of my clients obtain herbal formulas to have on hand so they are prepared to immediately treat at the onset of symptoms, which is crucial. Taking herbs and inducing a sweat often stops symptoms in their tracks. I personally have achieved this many times, as have many of my clients.
I use botanicals such as isatis, forsythia, echinacea, and osha. The herbs are easily administered as pills or liquid extracts, and we have child-friendly versions.
While conventional western medicine treatment often uses antibiotics inappropriately to treat viral flu, herbal medicine stimulates the immune system against both viral and bacterial infections.
Acupuncture provides seasonal energetic tune-ups, and now is a great time to tonify your Qi to prepare for Spring activities with optimal health.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call (212) 337-0511.
• Frequently wash your face as well as your hands. Saline nasal treatment also helps.
• Avoid/restrict mucous-producing dairy and refined wheat and sugar, which weaken the immune system. Restrict and dilute fruit juices.
• Get enough sleep! At least 7-8 hours per night to maintain the immune system, especially once you're sick.
• Vitamins A and C, and zinc, support immune function.
Who We Are
I am the founder and the medical director of the Olympus Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine. I've been in clinical practice for 30 years. We treat both adults and children using natural therapies such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, medical massage, physiotherapies, nutrition, and homeopathy. The range of conditions we treat is extensive and includes most chronic and acute illnesses, e.g., musculo-skeletal injuries, pain syndromes, women’s health issues, digestive disorders, allergies, asthma, headaches, insomnia, depression, anxiety, skin conditions, and stress.
We do not only treat illnesses, we specialize in preventative and anti-aging programs. Many of our clients who initially come for treatment of specific conditions return for acupuncture/bodywork tune-up sessions and elect to continue with herbal/nutritional therapies. Our integrative philosophy provides a comprehensive and resourceful approach to address your specific healthcare needs.
I welcome questions pertaining to specific conditions. I am available for phone consultations to address your questions and concerns. Consultations and treatments are available by appointment. We have flexible hours, including weekends, to accommodate your schedule.