COMMON COLD AND INFLUENZA

 

(GAN MAO) 感冒

 

Common cold or influenza, "Gan Mao" in Chinese, is a common disease caused by invasion of pathogenic wind, manifesting as chills, fever, nasal congestion and nasal discharge, sneezing, headache, cough, and body ache. It takes place in any season, particularly in the winter and spring. Winter is usually cold and spring is windy. When wind, the chief pathogenic factor, combines with cold, the human body is easily impaired.

Generally speaking cold is easy to treat and its prognosis is good. However, severe influenza in senior people, infants, and patients with a weak constitution might transform into other diseases.

From a Western medicine point of view, influenza is an infectious disease of the respiratory tract which is caused by influenza viruses. The viruses can be divided into three common types: A, B and C - plus a number of subgroups. Flu is strongly infective, passed on via droplets through the respiratory tract. People are very susceptible to flu, and sometimes like year 2009, the Swine Flu has been already worldwide pandemic.

Common cold is very easy to treat. Herb pills can relieve the symptoms in hours. Flu is relatively more severe but definitely manageable. Acupuncture, cupping, and herbal treatment will significantly fasten the healing process.