Updated: May 20
As we focus on our health and wellness in these Covid-19 times, questions about how to stay healthy and maintain a vibrant immune system are on our minds. There is a lot we can do to achieve optimal health, wellness, stay healthy and fight off any potential viruses. In Chinese Medicine it’s all about Balance. So how do we achieve this balance? It’s quite simple and actually not as hard as it seems.
How does Acupuncture help your Immune System ?
The equivalent of our immune system in Chinese Medicine is called Wei Qi or Defensive Qi. It is the first line of defense to protect the body from bacteria and viral pathogens. A strong wei qi (immune system) acts as a barrier that protects and defends the body against any foreign substance which lead to illness and diseases. However, when weak, it decreases the body’s ability to protect from external pathogens and one’s health is compromised. Regular acupuncture treatments strengthen, support and rebalance the immune system providing the body with proper tools to fend off any colds or flus. As well, acupuncture stimulates wei qi ( immune system ) so when you feel a cold coming on, acupuncture can shorten the length of the cold or prevent it completely from taking you out for the count. Studies show Acupuncture can strengthen a weakened immune system by increasing red and white cell counts, T-cell count, exert anti-inflammatory effects and enhance humoral and cellular immunity in patients with immune related illnesses.
Here are few other simple suggestions:
1. Take Antioxidants ( Vit C and Zinc especially )
2. Improve Your Nutrition and Diet
3. Get enough Sleep
4. Get enough Exercise
5. Consider Immune Enhancing Supplements ( lots to consider ..mushrooms, astragalus)
6. Practice Relaxation and Stress Reduction
ie: Acupuncture can help with this
The KEY is to boost and support your immune system to PREVENT you from getting sick.
If you have any questions about how Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can strengthen your immunity, please contact me. I’m currently seeing patients, implementing a safe and sterile clinic. 😷
Maria Mitchell L.Ac.
The harmony between mind, body and spirit ...Balance