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Welcome to flu season. Every year between April and October {on average} around 13,500 of us are hospitalised because of flu, and around 3,000 Australians will die from it [i] .

So far 2019 there has been just over 19,000 confirmed cases of influenza across Australia. 229 of those in the Northern Territory. [ii]

But there is one thing we can start right now that can help to boost and support our immune system from cold and flu viruses.


‘Regular acupuncture treatments can help to strengthen and boost your whole body which includes the immune system. This can help to protect the body from the onset of common colds and the flu especially leading up to and during the peak season,’ comments Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) President Waveny Holland, ‘If you are already feeling the first symptoms of a flu, it is best to book in for an acupuncture treatment immediately as it can help to minimise the impact the flu has on your body. Better still, maintenance treatments all year round, being proactive about your health rather than reacting contributes to overall wellness.’

After a rapid onset of symptoms, the flu can last for several weeks, having a huge impact on our bodies from fatigue, muscle aches, fevers, vomiting and diarrhea affecting our day to day routine and ability to remain at work.

‘Early intervention with treatment from an acupuncturist as soon as you feel any symptoms will certainly help to fast track your recovery, possibly even reducing the time you suffer by 50%, continues Waveny, ‘strengthening your immune system and getting you back to feeling normal.’

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used as an effective treatment of upper respiratory tract infections for thousands of years in China. Chinese medicine and acupuncture focuses on the whole body making it stronger and function better.

‘These treatments can make your immune system stronger and therefore better at protecting you from the cold or flu viruses,’ states Waveny. ‘This boost can give you a better chance at fighting the virus or even preventing you from succumbing to them in the first place. Why suffer from that sore throat, stuffy nose, fever, chills, congestion and headaches any longer then you need to when you can make an appointment to see your acupunctures and start healing immediately.’

The AACMA recommends that you visit your acupuncturist either before the cold and flu season hits as a preventative measure or as soon as you feel the first signs of illness.

The AACMA has made it easy for suffers to find a local, registered, Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist through their handy ‘Find a Practitioner’ database.

‘We recommend finding a local acupuncturist through our AACMA database’, says Waveny, ‘we have over 2200 registered members listed all of whom are members of the AACMA, have a minimum 4 year degree in Chinese medicine and are registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. Therefore you are guaranteed to know you are sourcing the best possible professional who can offer the highest quality treatment and care.’

The AACMA has been representing Chinese medicine professionals for the last 45 years and is considered Australia’s most trusted source for qualified practitioners in the field.

‘An AACMA member Acupuncturist will perform a full assessment prior to providing treatment; and integrate any western medical treatment provided by your doctor’.

The AACAM ‘Find a Practitioner” online database is free and open to the public:

Interviews with Waveny Holland, or a local acupuncturist are available on request (

The AACMA Media Kit is accessible by clicking this link:


Contact: Amanda Kuhn – 0410 570 993 –



Key Facts and Figures

Over 19,000 registered cases of influenza in Australia so far this year
229 of those cases in NT
Regular acupuncture can help to reduce the time suffered with a flu by up to 50%


Who is the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA)?
The AACMA was established in 1973 when traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) was relatively unknown by the western population of Australia. Today, the association represents the majority of qualified acupuncture and TCM practitioners in Australia. We encourage and enable our members to grow as TCM practitioners through professional development opportunities, research and collaboration.


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