Acupuncture for Immunity Boost

Looking for an immunity boost? Acupuncture can strengthen the immune system. It does this by stimulating cells that are critical to the body’s immune response. This means the body can respond swiftly and strongly to any threats.

Western Medicine and Immunity

Some criticize Western medicine for its focus on relieving symptoms rather than treating the underlying cause of diseases. Eastern Medicine takes a holistic view of the body and addressing the sources of disease, which may include toxins, chronic viral infections or a combination of the two.

Thus, Western medicine for overactive immune system disorders, such as allergies and autoimmune diseases like arthritis, often aim to suppress the immune system through medication. Although this can limit symptoms and manage pain, it does not result in a cure. Also, side effects and other adverse symptoms may develop after long-term use of these suppressive drugs.

Acupuncture provides an immunity boost

Acupuncture restores the immunity function. It regulates the immune system and treats the underlying cause of disease by reducing symptoms, speeding up the healing of infection and normalizing the body’s immune response. The acupuncturist stimulates specific portions of the autonomic nervous system through acupoints, which causes responses in the immune system.

For example, one research study found that acupuncture increased the level of immune cytokines and splenic CD4+ T cells.

What are CD4+ T cells?
CD4+ T cells play a critical role in the immune system. They are also called helper T cells and defend the body against microbes, including viruses. CD4+ T cells are part of the first line of defense and trigger the body to respond to infections. They mature into various types of cells active in the immune defense.

What do immune cytokines do?
Acupuncture causes a rise in levels of immune cytokines. Cytokines are small proteins that are messengers in the immune system. When released, they signal the immune system to do its job. (Interferons are one type of cyotkine.) Cytokines affect the growth of blood cells and other cells that help the body’s immune and inflammation response.

Investing in your immunity

Eastern Medicine believes that prevention before the onset of disease or intervening in an early stage of disease is much better than treating after the onset. At Juvenate Healing, we believe in taking time and investing in your health before you are faced with an illness.

Inflammation is behind many diseases, including many cancers. Acupuncture and low-level laser therapy powerfully reduce inflammation. They are wonderful tools in your wellness journey.

Other ideas for an immunity boost

Here are some more tips if you are looking for an immunity boost to supplement your Juvenate Healing treatments:
– Get enough sleep. Aim for seven to eight hours.
Hydrate. Aim for 9 to 13 cups a day.
– Be active. Do as little as 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise every day.
– Eat foods high in zinc. Try shellfish, legumes and seeds. Your body better absorbs from foods vs supplements.

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