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Acupuncturists in Brisbane to boost immunity

Brisbane Acupuncturist Juanita Fuchs discusses how Acupuncture can boost the immune system.

 I am often asked in clinic, “can acupuncture boost your immune system?” And the answer is absolutely…it is amazing at doing this!  It is also extremely effective in alleviating the symptoms associated with acute colds and flu and reducing both the length and severity of infection. If acupuncture is used early enough at the onset on an infection, it may potentially prevent symptoms from developing at all.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the first line of defence is the Wei Qi.  Qi is the vital energy within the body that is responsible for all of the body’s metabolic processes.  Wei Qi, a component of qi, is the protective qi that circulates just beneath the skin’s surface and regulates sweating and immunity.  It is dependent on lung function and controls the opening of our pores (allowing sweating) and closing of our pores (to prevent pathogens getting in to our bodies.)  For example, if we sweat in a cold wind we can easily catch a chill or cold.  In addition if we are subjected to a cold draft on our neck we may also get a stiff neck.

A healthy body that is in balance has a strong and effective immune system.  Feeling stressed, run down, tired or depressed all have the effect of lowering our immunity and making our bodies more susceptible to the invasion of pathogens.  Overuse of antibiotics, chemotherapy and surgical operations also have a negative effect on our immune systems making us prone to recurrent infections.

To boost our immune system we need to improve the strength of our Wei Qi.  How do we do that?

  • Eat good quality food in appropriate amounts, at regular intervals
  • Get adequate, quality sleep
  • Practice yoga, Tai Qi or Qi Gong to help in the management of stress
  • Manage working hours to prevent overwork
  • Exercise outside where possible
  • Having a cool shower once a day can boost we qi
  • Avoid antibiotics and antihistamines where possible
  • In the case of illness ensure adequate rest, take recommended nutrients and herbs, and have a few acupuncture treatments to support your body and allow it to overcome the infection naturally.  This is important for the development of the body’s natural defence.

In the case of a low immune system the steps above may not be quite enough.  A series of regular weekly acupuncture treatments in combination with Chinese herbs will be required to support and strengthen your immune system. 

Scientific research shows that acupuncture increases the production of white blood cells and moderates the immune system which allows it to react quickly and strongly to threats (1, 2).  Chinese herbal medicine is also very effective at treating early stage colds and enhancing immunity.   The herbal formula Huang Qi, for example, significantly increases the production of white blood cells and natural killer cells.

A combination of the above listed steps, regular acupuncture treatments, prescribed herbs and adequate rest make a huge difference and will restore an ailing immune system both quickly and effectively.

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