How does BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy work?
Electromagnetically transmitted signals are used to
stimulate the pumping action of the smallest blood vessels,
thereby normalizing blood flow through these vessels.
Cold and wet weather: The next cold is coming!
Cough, runny nose, hoarseness: Especially during autumn and winter a cold often seems to be inevitable. The often cold and wet weather in these seasons is predestined for making the body more vulnerable to attacks on the immune system by infection, which favors a cold. The cold, wet season is pure stress for the human organism; clammy Weather weakens the body and its defenses. By frequent stays in heated rooms with dry air during these seasons, the mucous membranes are often not sufficiently moistened and therefore pathogens can be repelled less effectively. As a result, viruses and bacteria can enter the body more easily than in "healthy" Weather. While the name of illness "Cold" signales low temperatures, this alone is almost never the cause for it. According to studies, it is said that the cold may indeed favor a cold, however, the actual trigger of a cold is an infection with viruses. But at low temperatures, the body concentrates the blood in its center to lose as little heat as possible. The result is that blood circulation, in particular of the hands, feet and the nasal mucosa, is throttled. A lower blood flow of the nasal mucosa, in turn, causes the presence of fewer immune cells and antibodies in this region. Thus, it is easier for invading viruses (and bacteria) to establish themselves there and multiply. However, colds are not limited to autumn and winter, even though they occur frequently during just these months. Also in other seasons one is apparently not guarded from a cold. It is not surprising, then, that the common cold is the most common infection of all in people. According to statistics, adults are affected by a cold approximately twice or thrice per year on average, and children, up to ten times per year. Although the course of a cold is very individual, the subsequently described course of the disease is typical: Often it all starts with a slight scratching or pain in the throat. Not long after that, hoarseness in, a runny nose follows, and one develops a cough.Headaches are not uncommon, and one often feels tired and exhausted. Fever is rare, an increase in body temperature is more likely. Mostly, the symptoms of a cold are overcome after one to two (albeit uncomfortable) weeks. A visit to the doctor is often not necessary, because if the immune system is in order the body usually deals with a common cold by itself. However, a weakened immune system makes one vulnerable. Unfortunately, the "ordeal" of a cold cannot be shorten with medication, but by strengthening the immune system, some colds can be avoided all together. This requires, for example, a balanced diet, adequate sleep and exercise, as well as promoting the circulation of the smallest blood vessels in the body. It is important to know of the risk that the common cold might be confused with the clinically more severe flu (influenza) by a layperson. The reason is that similar symptoms show in both cases. However, unlike a cold, the flu begins rather violently and suddenly, and symptoms such as headaches and joint pain, high fever, chills, and cough, usually present simultaneously. Should such signs appear, it is important that a physician be consulted. This is especially true for people with a weak immune system.
What causes a cold?
A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract, which is medically known as flu infection. A Cold is triggered
by a viral infection. These infections, as the term suggests, are caused by
viruses. In total, there are about 200 different viruses that cause the common cold.
The most common cold viruses include rhinovirus, respiratory
Syncytial virus (RSV) and coronaviruses. In some cases, an additional
infection by bacteria (a so-called bacterial secondary infection
or superinfection) arises. The infection with "cold viruses" itself mostly goes unnoticed.
The viruses penetrate predominantly in the form of droplets through the air, but also
directly or indirectly through contact with the infected via the nasal openings in
the organism. Previously coughed pathogens are inhaled. Additionally,
the cold viruses can be transferred to the mucous membranes of the mouth, eye and
nose by the hands and thus enter the body. Frequent consequences: sore throat (pharyngitis),
runny nose (rhinitis), cough (bronchitis) and hoarseness (in the context of laryngitis), which can occur in almost any combination.
The first symptoms of a cold appear about two to five days after
infection. Common locations of infection can be any place where several
people meet, such as public transport,
waiting rooms, offices, schools, etc. Therefore contact with the infected should be avoided whenever possible, even if it is not always easy. A weakened immune system will always favor infection. Thus, it is crucial to bolster the immune system
in order to avoid a cold.
What helps fight a cold?
A weakened immune system makes one more susceptible to colds. One must thus strengthen the immune system. What does that
mean? The immune system in the body is a complex network which,
using a sophisticated defense system, wards off the majority of all infections
and many other attacks on one's health. One part of this complex
defense mechanism are the white blood cells called leukocytes.
These are found in almost the entire body and, in case of infection
or other attacks on health, are controlled by information proteins or messengers.
Prerequisite for a well-functioning immune defense is a healthy
lifestyle, of which a healthy and balanced diet are just as much a part as
exercise and adequate sleep. Those with a good immune system, are less at risk
of catching a cold. However, a well-functioning microcirculation also plays a important role in
the strengthening of the immune system.
What is meant here is the circulation of the smallest vessels, the so-called
capillaries, as well as the portions shortly before and shortly after these vessels. An
improved blood flow within the microcirculation leads to improved
working conditions for the white blood cells. These take, to a certain extent,
the role of a "blood police" in the body and protect it from infection, among others things.
In addition, they are responsible for rendering pathogens or substances that are incompatible with
the organism harmless, i.e. viruses, bacteria, cancer cells, toxins, fungi,
worms and exogenous particles. Thus, a working
blood flow in the microcirculation is not only a
decisive factor for general health, but also helps the white blood cells keep fulfill their
vital functions within the immune system. To harden one's immune system,
one can toughen up with various methods. Examples
are contrast showers, hydrotherapy treatments or saunas. This has a positive effect
on circulatory control, and the circulation of the skin and organs is
improved. This way more immune cells get to the mucous membranes of the nose
and throat, which are very often attacked by cold pathogens.
The core of this vascular therapy consists of a multi-dimensional signal structure,
by which a restricted or impaired microcirculation
is stimulated effectively. Thereby, the main physical control mechanisms for healing, recovery and regeneration processes are supported.
In the case of a cold, it
should be remembered that it is caused by viruses, so that antibiotics
will not help. One cannot speed up disease progression in a cold with
medication, but only ease the symptoms anyway. In any case, however, it is
better not to even let it come to a cold infection but rather focus
on strengthening the immune system. And that is exactly what
BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is magnificently suited for, in addition
the above-mentioned factors.