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Preventing Illness Naturally

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Cold and flu are an unfortunate reality for most people at one time or another. When cold or flu hits, most people flock to the pharmacy for over-the-counter remedies. But what if there was a way you could prevent illnesses naturally? Well, maybe there is.

How do People Get Sick?

Infectious diseases are caused by fungi, viruses, bacteria, and parasites, which enter the body through the air, openings in the skin or food and drink.  

Where do People Get Sick?

Infectious disease can be spread anywhere, but the most obvious hotbeds for illnesses are probably public places. Just the same, you could never leave your house and still get sick from someone else coming into your house.

How are Germs Spread?

If a sick person sneezes or coughs without covering their mouth, droplets can be released into the air and land on another person. This can happen indoors or outside. Germs are also often spread through the hands or through touch. If a sick person sneezes into their hand, then opens a door with the same, unwashed hand, the next person to open the door is exposed to the germs. Any shared surface, item or toy can be the culprit when it comes to the spread of germs.

Who is Most Susceptible to Illness?

People over the age of 65 or those with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable to complications from the flu. Factors that influence the common cold are season, age (particularly children under age 6), lack of sleep, stress, and smoking.

How Does Acupuncture Boost Immunity?

A growing body of research suggests that acupuncture wards off illnesses; however, more research is indicated. Evidence suggests that holistic and natural treatments acupuncture has anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects. Further, studies show that regular acupuncture can increase T cells in the body, which fight off viruses and unhealthy bacteria.

When used early enough, acupuncture has been known to prevent illnesses, cold, and flu symptoms. Three points on the hand, treated together, are powerful immunity boosters 

How Can Acupuncture Treat Cold, Flu, and Other Symptoms?

You treat cold and flu symptoms naturally through the hands with acupuncture. A “common cold” point on the hand becomes very sore before or during a cold when pressure is placed on it. A “sore throat” point on the hand, likewise, has the ability to alleviate pain almost immediately when treated.

Acupuncture is an ancient practice that is still used today. Research indicates that regular acupuncture can prevent disease. For more information about acupuncture in Long Island or to book your Suffolk County appointment contact Integrative Family Wellness in Smithtown.

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