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Published on September 27th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle


5 Natural Therapies for Cold and Flu Season


With flu season lurking around the corner, the FDA suggesting every one over the age of 6 months getting a flu shot. Many alternative medicine seekers may wonder what remedies and therapy options are out there. Here are 5 natural therapies for cold and flu to help you make it through the season.

1. Chiropractic

Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) diagnose and treat musculoskeletal problems, mainly by properly manipulating the spine. The theory behind Chiropractic is that when the body is out of alignment, ailments arise from mis-alignment of the spinal joints, causing dysfunction in the nervous system. If one body part is taking up more workload, then, it is not able to perform properly, causing physical stress. It’s widely accepted that stress can leave us more susceptible to illness, including cold and flu. And physical stress, such as musculoskeletal mis-alignment can cause us to be susceptible to illness as well. Chiropractors work to relieve these musculoskeletal stresses on the body by manipulating the joints that are out of alignment to help increase the immune function better. In addition to spinal manipulation, Chiropractors also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

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taken at a reiki for peace event

Therapy offered at a Reiki for peace event

2. Reiki

A Japanese technique for unblocking the life energy which flows through the body, Reiki is usually a preventative measure for maintaining low stress levels. However, once an illness hits, Reiki can help bring comfort by lowering anxiety levels which can rise when pain and discomfort are present. Consumers report a sense of peace and calmness after sessions which can help lower the intensity of cold and flu symptoms.

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homeopathy remedies

homeopathy remedies

3. Homeopathic

Homeopathy relies on the simple ideas of less being more. The therapy’s use of minute doses of natural ingredients, usually herbs, treats the illness by offering remedies which would cause symptoms of the illness at high doses. Oscillococcinum is one of the most popular flu treatments the mainstream has embraced, especially when the Swine Flu strain hit the air waves. This formula is now available in most pharmacies and grocery stores and is relatively inexpensive. It is only beneficial when exposed to the flu but not yet experiencing symptoms. Once experiencing the flu a homeopathic practitioner will conduct and extensive overview to determine the best treatment plan.

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4. Acupuncture

Acupuncture was developed in China and introduces thin needles into various meridian points. Like Reiki, it works to unblock energy channels and increase positive chi flow throughout the body. You will need to find a licensed acupuncturist who will be able to offer treatment based on actual symptoms rather than generalized cold and flu traits. In many cases the therapy focuses on the areas leading to discomfort while also stimulating the immune system to fight off the infection with as minimal intervention as possible.

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chinese medicine

Chinese herbal medicine

5. Eastern Medicine or Chinese Herbal Therapy

Chinese herbal therapy began appearing more and more frequently as cancer and AIDS treatment options back in the 90’s. A sense of desperateness brought many to try out the option in turn bringing about it’s revival because of positive outcomes.

Related: Balance the Reproductive Cycle Naturally with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Usual treatments are made from herbs and food dependent on symptoms. As with other alternative treatment, the immune system is nourished to help the human body heal itself rather than force outside intervention. Some symptoms can be helped including headaches, sinus pressure and restless sleep. Again, it’s important to contact a licensed practitioner for treatment.

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What natural therapies do you use? Share your experiences and offer tips in the comments.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to replace medical care and consultation for your health needs. before beginning any care plan seek the advice of a trusted medical professional. Sources: The International Center for Reiki Training, Oh Fluey, American Chiropractic Association

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Vivian Nelson Melle is a writer and life coach helping individuals, families, and businesses thrive. She supports small businesses especially in the areas of Green Living, Health, and Wellness. She can be found at and

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