Strengthen Your Immune System
You can strengeth our immune system through Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs!
If you tend to catch colds often or easily, having acupuncture and taking Chinese herbs before the cold weather hits, can change this. Traditional Chinese Medicine theory claims that this happens when our protective surface energy, or ‘wei qi’, is weak, for instance when we are stressed or tired. This allows pathogens – equivalent to bacteria and viruses in western medical terms - to penetrate, where normally they wouldn’t affect us.
Certain acupuncture points and herbs strengthen the Wei qi so this does not happen - this is true preventive medicine. Wei qi is dependent on lung function and controls the pores of the skin, keeping them closed to prevent disease factors getting into our bodies. Studies have shown that acupuncture increases the white blood cells in the body, which are known to fight disease.
The name of one of the most well-known herbal formulas that is used in this case, translates as ‘Jade Wind Screen’ Powder, illustrating its ability to protect the body from viruses. Studies have shown that Astragalus, the main herb of this formula reduces the incidence and shortens the duration of the common cold.
So, even though we are enjoying glorious autumn weather at the moment, during the months preceding winter is the best time to boost your immune system so you don’t get sick when the colder weather arrives. Initially it is best to have weekly acupuncture sessions for a month or so, then continue with regular monthly sessions to support and strengthen immunity.
Clare Donnelley has been practicing TCM & Acupuncrture for over 30 years. She speclises in acupunture for womens fertility and cosmetics. You can have treatment with her at our Health Space Lance Cove Clinic.