Acupuncture for Flu
Acupuncture is not a cure for influenza. It will not end H1N1 flu, swine flu, Asian flu, SARS or any other strain of flu that arises each year.
Practitioners of Chinese medicine, however, believe that acupuncture can help stimulate the immune system and reduce flu symptoms. Several clinical studies have demonstrated that acupuncture and herbal medicine in particular reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the length of time one is ill. When you get sick with the flu, do not wait. Start acupuncture treatments in the early stages.
According to Chinese medicine, whereas the common cold is called Wind Cold, the flu is considered a form of Wind Heat. Wind, because it is an attack from outside the body like the wind, heat, because it produces symptoms of heat and inflammation such as fever, fatigue, body aches, and severe sore throat. Acupuncture practitioners note that Wind Heat symptoms are more severe than Wind Cold symptoms.
Acupuncture Points for Wind/Heat
Acupuncture Points are chosen mainly on the Large Intestine and Lung Channels.
Acupuncture Points LU 10, LU 5 (relieve sore throat, fever, cough, phlegm),
Acupuncture Points LI 11, ST 44 (clear heat, relieve thirst, fever, dry throat), LU 11, LI 11( bleed), ST 9, Xi Chuan ( high fever)