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According to Chinese medicine colds are due to invasion of the superficial layers of the body by pathogenic wind accompanied by cold, heat or damp. The key to success of treatment is timing, the earlier the treatment the faster the cold will resolve. Ignoring the bodies signals and ‘soldiering on’ through a cold may cause the pathogen to progress further into the body and lodge there becoming 'the cold that never really went away'. Access to the body by pathogens occurs when the bodies defensive energy is weak or temporary dispersed or because the invading pathogen is very strong. A very strong pathogen can enter even in strong individuals and is seen in flu epidemics where people of all constitutions fall ill.

Cupping: vacuumed glass container is placed on the skin creating a senstionof suction. The suction draws cold pathogens out of the body.

People often ask, when they already have a treatment booked and they feel a cold coming on, if they should cancel their appointment. They don't relasie Chinese meidicne can be an effective treatment cold, particulalry the early sages, a prompt  treatment might nip it in the bud. This is often done with cupping.

In Western Scientific terms Acupuncture may help relieve symptoms of colds and flu by:
•    Enhancing natural killer cell activities
•    Reducing pain through the stimulation of nerves located in muscles and other tissues
•    Reducing inflammation

This information comes from research fact sheets provided by the British Acupuncture Council.