A Few Word Concerning the H1N1 Virus

by Clark Zimmerman, L.Ac.

By now I’m sure everyone has become somewhat familiar with the H1N1 Virus. We have seen quite a few patients with flu-like symptoms, and some confirmed cases of H1N1 Virus in our clinic. Chinese medicine can be very helpful in the prevention or treatment of the H1N1 virus. There is a great article written by John Heuertz, published in the Gold Flower Chinese Herbs autumn 2009 newsletter. In it, John describes the four phases of viral infection, and some Chinese medical treatment protocols that can effectively address a virus in it’s different stages. The four phases of exposure include: prevention, initial exposure, fully engaged and critical phases. Each phase has different characteristics, and different treatment strategies.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Low Cost Health Option

by Clark Zimmerman, L.Ac.

With the current economic crisis, many people are reevaluating their health care options. The videa of preventative care begins to look even more attractive when money becomes tight. Chinese medicine is among the least expensive health care options in our country today. I recently read an article in Acupuncture Today journal that I found to be very relevant for the times. It talked about the often exorbitant costs associated with western medical diagnostics and treatments. The article mentions, for instance, that especialists typically charge between $100-$500 for an office visit. Then they usually rely on MRI’s, x-rays, and CT scans that can cost thousands of dollars more. These costs only help with a diagnosis; treatment options, which often include surgery or pharmaceutical prescriptions, can cost significantly more money. With all of these expenses, there is still no guarantee that the problem will be fixed.

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Treating The Common Cold & Influenza

by Ann Zimmerman, L.Ac.

The common cold or flu is one condition every person has experienced. It may bring up memories of being so achy you didn’t get out of bed or a runny nose that had you tearing through boxes of tissues.

The common cold and influenza are viral infections of the upper respiratory tract. These viruses do not discriminate by age or sex, they simply invade bodies that have a weakened immune system.

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