Immune System Solutions
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Building a Strong Immune System
The strength of our immune system is a good indication of our overall health. There are many important factors which contribute to its vitality. In Oriental medicine, it is believed that the vital energy that is responsible for protecting the body from environmental disturbances belongs to the Defensive Qi. This Qi has a very close connection to the strength of the Lung energy.
It maintains the integrity of the bodily elements that come into contact with the outside world: skin, the lining of the respiratory system, the lining of the gut and the eyes.
Immune System Deficiencies
When the vital energy becomes weakened or ‘deficient’, foreign substances are allowed to penetrate the body’s barriers, resulting in a series of natural responses that attempt to expel the invading environmental factors.
The role of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is to improve the strength and circulation of Qi and Blood. There are a number of stages in the process of improving our immunity, depending on which conditions need to be addressed. For acute conditions, such as the common colds or flus, we reinforce the strength of the Defensive Qi to eliminate the external pathogen.
Another important factor that can impact our immune system is our emotional and psychological health. In Oriental medicine there is no separation between the emotions, mental and physical health. Mind and body are one. Any imbalance, emotional, physical or environmental that continues over an extended period will have a negative impact on our health.
These imbalances may affect the strength of our immune system. Vice versa, a weakened immune system may lead to emotional or psychological imbalances.
For example, the Lung energy in Oriental medicine is closely linked to the emotions of sadness and grief, which may explain why people often suffer from a severe cold when they encounter a difficult loss.
For more chronic conditions, we focus on eliminating internal pathogens. According to The Acupuncture Evidence Project (AEP) (revised version 2017) there is positive evidence that acupuncture does improve allergic rhinitis, both seasonal and ongoing.