While colds are not very severe illnesses, they can be a huge pain anyways: the loss of energy, productivity, that stuffy head feeling, congested sinuses, non-stop sneezing… ugh!
In the Chinese medical tradition, the onset of a cold can be attributed to an imbalance – either to too much yin（阴） or too much yang （阳）– which wreaks havoc on the system. Symptoms of these balances should sound familiar: stuffy noses, sore throats, feeling cold, etc. The simplest and best way to help the body regain its balance, then, is with the help of a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner. Acupuncture, in particular, is incredibly helpful.
The very early stage of cold can be treated using acupuncture needles to stimulate the Yemen (TE2) acupoint using a reducing method. You could insert the acupuncture needles on TE2 about 0.5-1.5 cun; it’s important to note, however, that the specific depth of insertion will vary from person to person. For example, it’s considered best to inserting acupuncture needles under the skin at about 0.5 cun for kids, 1.0 cun for adults and 1.5 cun for people with larger hands. Needles should then be left on the hand for about 15-30 minutes, needling every 5-10 minutes. The treatment should start taking effect immediately after the first session. Typically, a patient will feel their back getting hot, and then their legs changing temperature. Symptoms including coughing and stuffy nose will then start to clear up.
Yemen (TE2,液门) is an acupuncture point in the meridian named Shaoyang Sanjiao, Meridian of Hand. It is the Ying-spring and water point of the sanjiao. Yemen is between the ring finger and little finger.
If you have more severe symptoms, you can insert acupuncture needles on both sides.
The last tip I would like to mention is that if you are afraid of needles, you can use moxa to do moxibustion on Yemen. It will achieve very similar effects.
I hope acupuncture needles and acupuncture could help more people achieve greater balance and enjoyer a healthier life.
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