Why: Acupuncture & Immunity – Rally Your Troops…
Amanda Waaldyk, Director of Angea Fertility Clinic & Yoga Studio
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), our immune system is our first line of defense against bacteria, viruses and disease. When our body’s defense system is down we are more prone to catching colds, flus, allergies and nasty bugs.
According to our theory, what protects us against these microorganisms is called “Wei Qi”. Wei translates to “defend” or “protect” and Qi translates to “energy”, otherwise known as Defensive Qi. Imagine we have an energetic field that circulates this Defensive Qi around our entire body. It is like our own personal army of protection. Strong and healthy “Wei Qi” is what keeps us well. Research has shown that approximately 1/4 to 1/2 of our cells in the body are dedicated to immune function. Our cells have a big task in keeping us healthy.
Today, our immune system is being challenged more than ever. We are seeing greater resistance to antibiotics and flu vaccinations. To keep things simple here are some of the best ways we can boost our immunity – Wei Qi:
To choose a healthy lifestyle – Wei Qi is produced from the food we eat. In Chinese Medicine we like to eat according to the seasons. Maintaining a well balanced diet and eating food in season will help strengthen your Wei Qi. Start by adding garlic, root vegetables, stews, soups and pears to your diet.
Reduce stress - A study has shown how long-term stress plays havoc with the immune system, raising the odds of catching a cold. When our body is under stress we produce the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is known to lower and suppress our immune function. Stress weakens our defensive Qi and we become more prone to catching colds and flus. Increase your vitamin C intake and take olive leaf extract as a preventative.
Sleep well - Having a great night’s sleep restores and rejuvenates our body. Wei Qi circulates on the exterior of the body during the day and at night circulates internally and is restored. Good quality sleep before midnight plays an important role in supporting a healthy immune system.
Exercise - this does the world of good both mentally and physically. Wei Qi has the function of opening and closing our pores and sweat glands. We recommend moving for a minimum of twenty minutes every day to help circulate your energy and boost your Wei Qi.
Environmental assaults – pollution, chemicals and processed foods compromise our defensive Qi. Pollutants are known to lower our B-lymphocytes, leaving us susceptible to infection and autoimmune reactions.
It’s important we take good care of this small army inside our body. Acupuncture helps support and boost our immune system by increasing our overall resistance to bacterial and viral infections.
For those that find themselves susceptible to catching cold, flus and allergies now is the perfect time for a seasonal tune up with a little pin and prick.
Two products to buy
Gan Mao Ling Tablets & Golden Lozenges
These two are like a first aid kit! You can find them both at most Chinese grocers. If you’ve got signs of a sore throat choose the Golden Lozengers and at the sight of a sniffle or headache try the Gan Mao Ling.