If you want a powerful boost to your immune system, consider acupuncture not only for treating disease, but preventing it as well. Research is continually demonstrating the many benefits of acupuncture especially as it relates to the immune system. One of the main functions of acupuncture is that it activates the defense systems in the body.
Many people hear the word needle and decide acupuncture isn’t for them, but before you dismiss this immune-boosting option, you should know the facts.
First and foremost on people’s minds are the needles, they are thin and in most cases can barely be felt except for a possible tingling or a dull ache when the needles reach their treatment location. The needles are usually manipulated either by heat, electrical impulses or gentle twirling. Second, the purpose of these needles is to regulate the flow of qi also known as vital energy on energy pathways called meridians. Third, by unblocking energy pathways, the body is able to defend against disease as long as other healthy lifestyle habits are in place.
Acupuncture may improve the following conditions according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- Labor pain
- Low back pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Dental pain
- Tennis elbow
Although acupuncture is traditionally known for pain relief, according to the journal of Autonomic and Neuroscience, “…increasing clinical evidences support that electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment is effective for various immunological diseases including allergic disorders, infections, autoimmune diseases and immunodifficiency-syndromes.”
Acupuncture has been proven to have a strong effect in enhancing immune-cell function in the body, even in those with compromised immune systems.
Consider acupuncture as another weapon in your arsenal, both for treating and preventing disease.