Acupuncture Can Help Keep Your Cold at Bay

‘Tis the season for colds and flu, but luckily we have ways in which we can boost our immune systems to waive off illness. Acupuncture is oftentimes thought of as only a pain-relieving treatment, but did you know it could also help naturally boost your immune system?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to help enhance the immune system.

Woman blowing her noseThe acupuncturist assesses your health and well-being much differently than western medicine. The acupuncturist diagnoses imbalances in energy, sleep, temperature, fluid movement, digestion and much more. This information is gathered from a detailed intake form, personal history and objective information from your radial pulses and tongue. The terms of yin and yang are relative principles leading to an energetic evaluation of imbalance. Acupuncture treats both your symptoms making you improve in the short term, and correcting nerve and chemical communication for the long term correction.

This eastern perspective says your body could potentially go through six stages of sickness when you catch a cold. Depending on where you are in the progression of your cold will determine the location of inserting hair-thin sterile needles to boost your immunity, helping your body to strengthen, focus and get well.

Conventional medicine pays closer attention to acupuncture as research studies show it to be safe and effective in the complex mechanisms of action it has to improve health. Science has been able to determine the role of acupuncture in boosting the body’s immune system by enhancing the production of natural killer cells, which is the primary defense mechanism against organism that makes us sick. It also acts on a complex immune building system that regulates white blood cells directly linked to fighting against infections, allergic reactions, and even autoimmune disorders.

 For patients who are seeking to build their immune system to protect them from getting sick, oftentimes a multidisciplinary approach is best. Acupuncture can easily be incorporated into your conventional treatment plan working in tandem with physicians. If you are interested in a natural way to boost your immunity, you may want to consider  complementary or alternative or natural treatments.  The Acupuncture Wellness Center with acupuncture, herbal formulas, nutrition and massage, has 18 years experience in the East Bay and 4 years in the Motherlode.!