It’s that time again- the kids are back in school, the weather is changing, and colds and the flu are upon us. Adequate rest, stress management, good nutrition and proper handwashing are all essential practices that keep us healthy through the Fall and Winter. But did you know that acupuncture is also an amazing tool for strengthening your immune system?
Acupuncture treatment induces rapid, measurable changes in the immune system. This study of two common immune-boosting acupuncture points found that “monocyte phagocytosis” (white blood cells eating up invading microbes) and Natural Killer cell activity both increased significantly following treatment. Monocyte phagocytosis was increased in 45% of the treated subjects within 30 minutes from starting treatment, and in 100% of them after 24 hours. The percentage of Natural Killer cells in the blood was also increased in 40% of cases after 30 minutes, and in 50% after 24 hours. Those are some pretty impressive changes from just two acupuncture points.
The best time to get acupuncture is before you get sick, or when you’re just beginning to notice symptoms. Everyone can benefit from seasonal tune-up treatments to strengthen the immune system while they’re still feeling well. Additionally, if you start to notice cold symptoms like fatigue, body aches, congestion or sore throat you should come in for treatment as soon as you can- if the treatment is early enough we can often prevent it from developing into a full-blown illness, or if you are already sick treatment can reduce the severity of symptoms and help you to feel better faster. Generally speaking, if you’re well enough to be out and about you’re well enough to come into clinic- if you have a high fever, vomiting, or an uncontrollable cough you should rest at home.
I also have several great herbal formulas that you can keep on hand to take at the first sign of illness.
Stay healthy this year with acupuncture- Schedule now!