For centuries, people have been using acupuncture to boost their immune system. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and as flu season steadily approaches, immune health is of paramount importance. While Western medicine has its place in the healthcare hierarchy—i.e., if you break your arm don’t go to your acupuncturist, go to the hospital—this form of medicine has failed to provide a substantial and sustainable solution for immune health. Western medicine treats the signs of a weak immune system instead of the root causes. The medications suppress the immune system to reduce the symptoms, which exacerbates the condition by weakening the immune system and leads to more sickness.
What is immunity anyway?
The immune system identifies and protects us from outside agents and keeps us safe. This system detects a wide variety of agents, known as pathogens (from viruses to parasitic worms) and distinguishes them from our own healthy tissue. The causes vary from chronic diseases to poor nutrition, and from stress to exposure to harmful agents. Whatever the cause, once compromised, a weak immune system results in frequent colds, allergies and recurrent infections.
So how can you improve your immune health?
Research has found acupuncture is an effective treatment to enhance anti-cancer and anti-stress immune function, as well as exert anti-inflammatory effects. The acupuncture point stomach 36, which is located on the outside of the knee, is a major point for immunity, Studies have found that including this point in a treatment improves the immune system and decreases the mortality of sepsis.” (Acupuncture and Immunity)
Moxa, which is an herb that is burned, is also a wonderful tool used in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment to increase immune health. It helps to warm areas of the body with the intention of stimulating circulation and lymphatic flow. Moxa also helps to smooth the flow of Qi and blood and expel pathogenic influences. Moxa, also known as Moxibustion, regulates the concentrations of immune factors which help to improve the body immune system from different aspects.
So there you have it! Acupuncture as well as Moxa integrated in your treat can be an extremely effective means to improve your immune health. Afterall, you only have one body, so treat it well.