Colds and flu

Colds and flu (acute upper respiratory tract viral infections) are the most common diseases in humans. Adults have two to five common colds each year. It is a short, mild illness with early symptoms of headache, sneezing, chills and sore throat, and later symptoms of nasal discharge, cough and fatigue. Influenza (flu) is caused by infection with influenza A and B viruses; it is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease, with abrupt onset of fever, chills, non-productive cough, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and fatigue.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of colds and flu, please download this factsheet.