Acupuncture and Your Immune System
In Tradition Chinese Medical theory we believe we catch colds or get sick when our protective surface energy or 'wei qi”, is weak. Our wei qi can become weak due to a variety of reasons, however most commonly due to stress, fatigue and overwork. When our wei qi is weak, 'external pathogens', which are equivalent to a virus or bacteria, will penetrate the body. Proper treatment of an exterior pathogen is important to prevent the pathogen from entering the interior and causing more severe and chronic symptoms. It is important to stay healthy and keep you wei qi strong so that when you are exposed to a pathogen, your body has the resources to fight and keep it at the surface.
During pandemic viral outbreak, such as COVID-19, it is important to reduce stress, get plenty of sleep, rest, eat nourishing foods, stay hydrated and take care of your body. This will give your body optimal resources to fight a potential pathogen.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are another way to boost your immune system, reduce stress and stay healthy. Research shows that burning thread moxa on acupuncture points brings an inflammatory response to the area. Chemicals left over on this site have a positive effect on immune cells in the body. Moxa also increases circulation of lymphocytes and produces interferons in the body (a protein released that inhibits viral replication) and increases circulation of white blood cells in the body. Acupuncture also reduces stress and increases your body's resources to fight pathogens.
Herbal formulas such as, Jade Wind Screen, is an immune stimulant. Studies show Jade Wind Screen reduces incidence and shortens the duration of a cold or illness. Other Chinese formulas contain multiple ingredients of antivirals and antibacterials to help fight pathogens and alleviate symptoms.
Other ways to boost your immune system and prevent illness
1) Hand washing
2) Sleep (7-10 hours)
3) Reduce stress
4) Don't smoke
5) Fruits and Vegetables
6) Light exercise