What We Treat

Colds & Flus

Are you sick of getting sick? Find out how Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help speed your recovery and even help prevent you from getting sick in the first place.

Acupuncture for Colds and Flus

Chinese Medicine has been around for over 2,000 years. Over the millenia, it has developed elegant and effective healing techniques to help people recover from illnesses faster and also to help prevent illnesses from occurring by working with the body’s own ability to heal itself. One of the ways it does this is by improving the function of the immune system. Not only can this help to reduce the severity of your symptoms and speed your recovery but it can also help you to stay healthy and avoid catching a cold or flu in the first place. It can also be useful to nip a cold or flu in the bud at the first signs of symptoms.

Symptoms and Causes

There are many different symptoms that can accompany colds and flus and many different factors that can lead to catching a cold or a flu:


  • Sinusitis
  • Runny nose
  • Chest congestion
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Recurrent colds
  • Low immunity
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sneezing
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Aversion to wind / drafts
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Malaise
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Stomach ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Chills and sweats
  • Watery eyes
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Thirst


Lifestyle Causes

  • Emotional stress
  • Diet
  • Eating schedule
  • Eating habits
  • Sleep
  • Physical activity level
  • Environmental exposure
  • Adaptation to changing seasons
  • Frequent travel
  • Over work
  • Impaired immunity
  • Cold & flu season

Our Approach

There are many different ways in which colds and flus can present. We can tailor your treatments and herbal formulas based on your symptoms, stage of the illness, and your overall constitution.

What’s our Track Record?

Most people notice a quicker than normal recovery time when they’re treated for colds and flus. They also notice a reduction in the severity of their symptoms. Our treatments can be especially useful during the first 1-2 days of illness (when it’s just coming on), or when a cold or flu has been lingering for a long time.

How Does It Work?

We use a holistic approach to boost the body’s natural ability to heal itself. We can create custom herbal formulas that help bolster your immunity, reduce symptoms and destroy pathogenic microbes like viruses, bacteria, and fungi.


Acupuncture can help to improve your immune system and also target certain areas where symptoms might be present. For example, if you’re suffering from a lingering cough, we can select acupuncture points that will focus on the lungs. If you’re suffering from a sore throat, we can select acupuncture points that will focus on healing the throat. With acupuncture we can select points that can focus on any part of the body.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine can not only help prevent colds and flus but it can also help speed your recovery and lessen the severity of symptoms. Colds and flus can present with a wide variety of symptoms. With our herbal pharmacy, we can make a custom formula for you to help you start feeling better faster. Many of the herbs used to treat colds and flus have been found to have antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. There are also herbs that have been shown to increase white blood cells.This helps to improve your body’s ability to fight infections from colds and flus.

The Advantage of Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Many pharmaceuticals, antiviral, and antibiotic medications have unwanted and sometimes dangerous side effects. Chinese Medicine is considered very safe in comparison. Since we work holistically with your body rather than targeting individual symptoms, we can help you recover more quickly and prevent future colds and flus. At the same time, our treatments can cause “positive side effects,” such as improved sleep, more energy, less stress, and better digestion.

Treatment Options for Colds and Flus

Want to speed your recovery from a cold or flu, or interested in keeping yourself healthy during cold and flu season? Give us a call at (202) 297-7404, schedule an appointment online or contact us if you have any questions.

Verify Your Insurance Benefits

We are in-network providers with Blue Cross / Carefirst, Aetna, and United. Many plans have good in-network acupuncture coverage. To find out if your plan includes in-network coverage for acupuncture, please fill out our short form to verify your benefits with us. You can also call us with your information at (202)297-7404 . Our staff will usually have your coverage information within 2 business days.

Transformational Acupuncture office

Book a Session Now

To schedule an appointment, simply visit our online scheduling page, and follow the directions from there. We look forward to meeting you!

Clients Love Our

3-Point Thursdays

Transformational Acupuncture logo
Monday 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

1645 Connecticut Ave NW,
3rd floor
Washington, DC 20009
Get Directions