Have you considered using acupuncture for immunity to infections? A strong immune system is vital for defending against a wide range of infections. Your immune system is made up of cells, tissues and organs that work together to fight infections. Every time your immune system destroys an infection, it keeps a record of these invading microbes and how they were defeated. Using this prior knowledge, if you come into contact with these same microbes again in the future, a healthy immune system has the resources to eliminate them very quickly.
However if your immune system doesn’t function properly it can lead to a range of conditions that can significantly impact your health. Your immune system can be temporarily weakened by influenza for example, but it can also be weakened by sepsis, allergies, autoimmune diseases, AIDS, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants and immunosuppressive drugs. A lack of sleep, poor nutrition and stress can also lead to a weakened immune system, making you more susceptible to infections.
All of this means that you don’t need to be seriously ill to have a weakened immune system and once it’s compromised, you can suffer from frequent recurring infections. Bolstering your immune system is one of the biggest steps you can take for maintaining your health and there are many ways this can be achieved. For example, exercising regularly, eating diets high in fruits and vegetables, reducing your intake of alcohol, not smoking, and improving your sleep are all strategies that can be used to improve your immune system.
Boosting your health using acupuncture
Well known by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture can help boost your immunity. It’s particularly useful for people with weakened immune systems, because it increases the white blood cells that fight infections and also regulates this system. A healthy immune system can react very quickly to threats, eliminating the invading microbes and preventing infections from taking hold.
If your immune system is compromised you might find that you suffer from colds or influenza frequently, also allergies or even chronic fatigue. Hepatitis, AIDS, psoriasis, and cancers are also conditions that are associated with a weakened immune system. Whilst western medicine focuses on treating the symptoms of these conditions, eastern medicine focuses on a more holistic approach by also treating the underlying cause of these conditions. Many western medicines and treatments actually suppress the immune system, which might reduce some symptoms and pain, but don’t address the problem itself.
Using acupuncture for immunity to infections is a balanced approach to healing. Accessing your body’s autonomic system via specific acupoints, your body’s immune response is stimulated, and healing is initiated. Hormones, neurotransmitters, muscles, blood, lymph and tissues are all stimulated to help return your body to a healthy balance. Regularly receiving acupuncture treatments can help to treat allergies, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, colds and many other infections.
The take home message is that if you combine a healthy lifestyle with nutrition and exercise, along with using acupuncture for increased immunity to infections, you should live a long, happy and healthy life!