Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be powerful yet natural methods in strengthening the body’s immune defences.
According to studies published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, acupuncture can help regulate the immune system by increasing the body’s immune cells, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and T-cells, as well as reducing inflammation in the body. As such, acupuncture is not only a great way to proactively boost your immune system but also help rebuild it after a bout of illness.
From a Chinese medicine perspective, post infection fatigue is a result of a “lingering pathogen” that has not been completely expelled from the body - hence the persistent nature of intermittent symptoms. With our immune system facing challenges though everyday life, it can be difficult to sustain normal daily activities when your health is not yet up to par. Just like a plant needs water and fertiliser for nourishment, our bodies need its resources consistently replenished to defend against further infections. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help stimulate the immune system to rid the body of lingering pathogens and restore healthy body function.
GUA SHA, CUPPING & MOXIBUSTION FOR IMMUNITY
In addition to acupuncture other Chinese therapeutic techniques such as ‘gua sha’, cupping, and moxibustion can be used to help boost immunity: