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One of the most common and oddly pervasive medical misconceptions is that it’s possible to catch a cold from being outside in cold weather. Some of you might recall the scene in It’s a Wonderful Life when George Bailey’s little girl catches a cold after walking home from school with her jacket unbuttoned.

Of course, we know that colds and other respiratory infections are more likely to occur during the fall and winter because we spend more time indoors, thus increasing the likelihood of infecting one another.

Another misconception about the common cold is that there really aren’t any treatment options available beyond increasing fluid intake and resting. It is common knowledge that antibiotics are unnecessary and ineffective in treating viral infections. But what can you do to prevent or shorten a cold? Let’s take a look:

Acupuncture for Respiratory Infections in Monmouth County

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical technique that has been proven time and again to be effective in treating a number of disorders of the body. In fact, the World Health Organization has found that your basic sore throat is a part of a group of, “…diseases, symptoms, or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown.”

The goal of acupuncture is to keep the entire body in a state of perfect harmony and balance. Acupuncturists actually view a respiratory infection as a basic failure of medical treatment. That is, if the body were in balance, the immune system would not have been thus compromised.

Acupuncture also has the effect of prompting the body to release feel-good chemicals into the brain (serotonin and endorphins) to help with current symptoms and to reduce anxiety and depression to strengthen the immune system. We know, of course, that mental health issues such as extreme stress can weaken the immune system and lead to sickness.

Quit Smoking Now in Monmouth County: How Acupuncture Can Help

What better time to consider quitting smoking than when suffering from sore throat, body aches, or other basic cold symptoms? For that matter, it’s getting colder and colder outside: do you really want to be outdoors in frigid temperatures, puffing away and shivering? If you’re ready to quit smoking, our Quit Smoking Now program can help.

Acupuncture for smoking cessation in our Monmouth County office addresses both the physical and emotional distress of withdrawal symptoms. It is also effective in speeding up the detoxification process so that the body can return to a more natural state of balance.

While every patient has different needs, our Quit Smoking Now program recommends five acupuncture treatments during the first two to three weeks of going ‘cold turkey.’ Smokers must commit to ceasing all smoking after the first session.

How successful is our Monmouth County smoking cessation program? Our Red Bank, NJ office has an astounding 75% success rate.

Isn’t it time you experienced better health, including fewer, shorter colds and living smoke-free? For smokers, what better holiday present could you give yourself than the gift of better health? If you are interested in quitting smoking in Monmouth County, contact our Red Bank office. We are also available to help if you are suffering from recurrent respiratory infections and colds.