My Goodness! It is chilly outside! The Holidays are over and the New Year is bringing plenty of cold weather this week!
As part of our Auriculotherapy Seasonal Series, we are bringing you 5 protocols for addressing winter-related conditions, hand picked by Dr. Mackenzie Dawson Agnew, owner and founder of the thriving acupuncture clinic, The Human Experience Clinic in Alberta, CA. These winter wellness protocols are sure to boost your immune system, and have you embracing this season.
All Protocols and images have been pulled from our Auriculo 360 software!
With a few more months of blustery cold winter weather ahead, read on to arm yourself and your clinic with these essential protocols…
A healthy immune system starts with the basics. Drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy and varied diet full of fresh produce, daily exercise and movement, getting enough sleep, and supplementing vitamins and minerals constitute the foundation. But there is strong, growing evidence that other forms of complementary and alternative medicine like acupuncture, herbs, and chiropractic care may support a healthy immune system.
In fact, a randomized, controlled clinical study from 2012 that tested immune system markers in patients receiving acupuncture, ear acupuncture, and a placebo confirmed that ear acupuncture had immunomodulatory effects on recipients.
Immunomodulatory means that it supports healthy immune system function, helping your body to fight off invaders without overreacting, or inciting a damaging immune response like a cytokine storm. Immunomodulatory therapies are important, because they both strengthen the immune system AND prevent it from going too wild in its fight against pathogens. This may help you recover more quickly from illness and experience milder symptoms overall.
Having a cold is never convenient or fun, and unfortunately, there is no known cure. However, there are ways to support your body through recovery and decrease the severity and duration of infection.
Ear Acupuncture is a fantastic way to support your body’s immune defenses, relieve pesky cold symptoms, sooth inflammation, and promote a swift and straightforward recovery. Next time you’re about to reach for a bottle of Nyquil, consider trying ear acupuncture first! It’s drug- free, non-invasive, and supports your body’s natural processes of recovery.
This protocol will help reduce inflammation, support the immune system, and calm symptoms so that you’re more comfortable and functional while your body recovers.
Arthritis, joint pain, and structural discomfort often flare up in the coldest months of the year. Throughout the winter, acupuncturists and chiropractors often see an influx of patients struggling with arthritis pain due to cold exposure.
Ear Acupuncture is a wonderful way to lessen arthritis\joint pain due to weather fluctuations. Other topical herbs and salves can help soothe the pain, but next time you are having a flare up, consider trying ear acupuncture first! It’s drug-free, non-invasive, and supports your body’s natural process of recovery.
This protocol will help stop pain, reduce inflammation of the joints, and soothe the body’s sympathetic nervous system.
Depression is a medical illness that presents as an emotional state of gloom affecting appetite, sleep, self-confidence, and perception of the outside world. This illness involves both the mind and body. Mood and thoughts can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.
Ear acupuncture may help mitigate a variety of factors that exacerbate depression, including neurotransmitter imbalances, hormones, and emotional trauma.
This protocol can help improve depressive states, increase appetite, aid with sleep, and improve one’s sense of wellbeing and purpose.
Note: Depression is a serious illness and complications can include suicidal tendencies. Always work with a doctor before starting or changing depression treatment.
A cough is the body’s protective mechanism to expel irritants, secretions and foreign articles from the throat and airways through sudden loud expulsion of air from the lungs. Though sometimes necessary, having a cough is one of the most inconvenient things to experience. No one likes being stared at and avoided while hacking up a lung in public! And who likes missing out on sleep due to persistent coughing?
There are many medicines which can help stop coughing, but many of them come with yucky additives, annoying side effects, and actions that may actually hinder your body’s natural processes. Next time you have a cough during a cold or after a cold, consider ear acupuncture instead, or in addition to, cough medicine and treatments.
This protocol was created to relieve those pesky coughs from allergies, colds, bronchitis, and asthma.
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