Chinese medicine and acupuncture can be used successfully to help boost your immune system. After a prolonged disease or infection, prolonged stress or during treatment for other health conditions, your immune system might be affected. Whether natural killer cells, T or B cells, or other immune system cells, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can beneficially boost your immune system naturally.
A common misconception about acupuncture is that it will boost your immune system during an autoimmune disease, when it would be more desirable to down-regulate certain parts of the immune response. Actually acupuncture helps boost immunity when it is under-functioning and it helps balance the immune system when it is over functioning. An example is multiple sclerosis where the immune system of the body is attacking the myelin sheath around the nerve. Research shows that acupuncture helps stop the dysfunctional immune response and helps slow the immune system’s attack on the myelin.
Boosting Immunity with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
In some cases of an under functioning immune system, we might use a Chinese herbal formula designed specifically for your diagnosis. An herbal formula could contain immune boosting herbs like astragalus (huang qi), gou qi zi (goji berry), licorice (gan cao), schisandra (wu wei zi), dang gui (angelica), or a combination of hundreds of other Chinese herbs.
Typically, I will design a treatment protocol for you focusing on the entire person and specifically addressing the immune system. Combining acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional therapy often gives excellent results in boosting immunity.
Acupuncture and certain Chinese herbal formulas can balance the immune response.
If you get sick often, or if your immune system is deficient due to AIDS, cancer or any other disease, simple call us at The Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic in Asheville for your no obligation FREE consultation. (828) 254-4405.
© James Whittle M.S. L.Ac.