School is back in session now, and I’m starting to see colds, runny noses, and even strep! Building up your immunity year-round is important. Acupuncture is a great way of naturally enhancing your immune system. Studies have shown that acupuncture improves your body’s immune functions. Improvements actually show 72 hours after a single acupuncture session. These improvements persist for one month after completing a 10-course treatment.
Acupuncture heals the body by calming the stresses and anxieties your body experiences daily. Our lives are full of stress and anxieties that impair our immune system. If your body is focused on dealing with stressors, then your immune system comes in second place. When your body is managing stress better, then it can focus on providing your immune system with the support needed to fight germs and viruses. Research has demonstrated that acupuncture can regulate immunity resulting in anti-inflammation effects on your overall body.
If needles are not your thing, no worries! We have other options as well. Herbals and vitamins can help build up your immune system. Traditional Chinese medicine tonics help your body remain healthy.
Astragalus is a traditional Chinese herb that is antiviral and a potent immune booster because it increases the activity of natural killer cells and macrophages in your system. In one study, astragalus was found to help promote and maintain respiratory health. A strong respiratory system is important when you are fighting off colds and the flu.
Echinacea is an herb used for both the common cold and for upper respiratory tract infections. Echinacea supports the immune system by activating white blood cells. Research has found that echinacea decreased the odds of developing the common cold by 58%. Echinacea can shorten a cold by 1.4 days.
Acupressure points can also help you to enhance your health. One point is called Stomach 36 (Leg Three Miles). It is located about one hand-width below the bottom of the kneecap. This point helps energize you, boost your immune system, AND help with any digestive issues. Using your middle finger, apply pressure to this point by firmly pressing down on the point for about 2 minutes, with your index and ring fingers on either side as support.
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