Homeopathy and Acupuncture for the FluHomeopathy and Acupuncture for the Flu
The duration of the flu can range from three or four days to up to two weeks. Treatment is limited due to the resilience of the virus or any virus for that matter. A virus cannot be cured and must be left to run its course. Symptomatic treatment by conventional therapies include: acetaminophen and ibuprofen (aspirin), over the counter steroidal or other cold remedies and antiviral medication which does not kill the virus but inhibits it. These treatments can take their toll on the body, especially the digestive system, liver and kidneys. Integrative Med Solutions (IMS) incorporates a more natural approach using acupuncture and naturopathic medicine to alleviate and prevent the flu and flu symptoms.

Acupuncture: Strengthening the Immune System
The flu is merciless in its march through the body causing the immune system to kick into a full affront. Conventional medicine often masks symptoms. Acupuncture strengthens the immune system supporting its struggling response. A paper presented at the 5th World Congress of Acupuncture proved that the healing effects of acupuncture are very real. In fact, it was stated that acupuncture can release a barrage of systemic responses including pain relieving endorphins, the extra production of viral fighting white blood cells and a valid antibody response. Dr. Lisanti, IMS licensed acupuncturist, will assess your flu symptoms and respond with a painless, invigorating protocol that could very well surpass a conventional pharmaceutical approach.

Homeopathy: Natural Flu Relief
Homeopathy works by using a variety of highly diluted natural materials to help ‘burn out’ the flu virus attacking your system. At IMS specific homeopathic remedies include such remedy names as: Hepar Sulph, Belladonna, Aconite, Allium Cepa and Ammonium Carb. Homeopathy not only treats flu symptoms it finds the deep layered cause as well as decreases future, individual vulnerability. Remedies are taken in liquid or sweet pellet form.

Clinical Nutrition: What to Feed a Fever?
Eating foods that encourage the system’s natural healing capability is essential to combating such afflictions as the flu. IMS finds the safest, specific, clinical nutrition program that will work for you and your health challenge. There are properties in certain foods that can help strengthen the immune system while at the same time it is fighting a flu. These include:

  • Red Bell Pepper – Double the amount of immune enhancing Vitamin C than oranges.
  • Yogurt – Probiotics (good bacteria) enhances a healthy gut which is ground zero for your immune system. Note: Probiotics can be taken in capsule form as well to avoid unnecessary dairy.
  • Green Tea – Hot beverages alone help soothe and circulate the system but green tea holds an essential immune boosting ingredient called epigallocatechin (EEGC).
  • Sweet Potato – Contains high amounts of beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A which some research suggests is an essential treatment for respiratory illness.
  • Garlic – There are theories that the sulfur compounds found in garlic can possibly kill some viruses.

These are some of the many naturopathic remedies Dr. Lisanti can use to enhance your health. Others may include Classical Chinese medicine, nutraceutical supplementation and botanical medicine. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you.  In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or click here to schedule an online appointment.

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