As autumn falls upon us, the impending cold and flu season approaches. Acupuncture is a helpful treatment for reducing your risk of becoming sick this season. Chinese medicine can be used to increase immunity by helping your body to protect its exterior from pathogens that may attack into the interior of the body if it’s defensive layer of qi (immunity) is not strong. We are always surrounded by viruses and bacteria, but we only become sick when our immune system cannot fight the bug. Our immune system can be weakened by stress, lack of sleep, eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrates, smoking, and certain medications. Chinese medicine adds to that list, attack by wind, cold, heat, or dampness. For example, walking barefoot in cold damp grass can lead to a cold, or sleeping with a fan blowing on you, or walking outside on a cold day with wet hair, especially if you are already run down.