Acupuncture often gets categorised as a relaxation treatment that can help to loosen tight muscles and ease stress or anxiety. This is true, but its health benefits extend far beyond easing tension. Dating back more than 2500 years, acupuncture has long been hailed in traditional Chinese medicine for its immunity-boosting qualities.
Our immune systems can be weakened in several ways – lack of sleep, changes in diet, changes in season, or even just not getting outside as much as we should. Then there’s the emotional triggers; things like stress and anxiety have been proven to impair our immune systems.
When your immune system is weakened, it struggles to defend your body against germs, bacteria and viruses like colds and flus. However, acupuncture treatment can help restore your immune system and fight off these exterior pathogens.
What benefits does acupuncture give your immune system?
- Bolsters the body’s defences against viruses
- Reduces recovery time after initial signs and symptoms have subsided
- Provides preventative maintenance on our immune system, keeping it fully functional
- Keeps the body energised
- Improves sleep
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves chronic conditions
- Reduces acute conditions
A recent study on acupuncture and the immune system revealed that the desired effects peak approximately 72 hours after a single acupuncture session, and persist for one month after the conclusion of ongoing treatment. In short, the study found that acupuncture significantly improved the immune systems of anxious women.
For cancer patients, acupuncture is commonly recommended as a treatment for side-effects such as muscle and joint pain, headaches, nausea, dry mouth, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, stress and anxiety.
There’s even research being done around the efficacy of using acupuncture to discover new nerve pathways that can regulate a variety of immune disorders, from rheumatoid arthritis to Crohn’s disease.
How does acupuncture treatment boost your immune system?
Acupuncture involves penetrating the skin in a variety of strategic immune system points, using small needles. This process stimulates the brain into thinking the body is being attacked by an exterior threat (such as a virus or bacteria, for example). Your brain then orders the release of T-cells and white blood cells to help fight off this “intruder”, essentially bolstering your body’s natural immune defence system.
Given that acupuncture can trigger this immune response to secrete antibodies and fight off antigens, this treatment also serves as a highly effective preventative measure for not getting sick in the first place.
If you are seeking acupuncture treatment as a preventative measure to keep your immune system strong and functional, our qualified and experienced acupuncturists will select a group of carefully chosen points on your body to achieve the following goals:
- Boost your qi
- Strengthen your digestive system
- Strengthen your lungs
- Appease and balance the mind
Book acupuncture treatment at Eastern Therapies today
Whether you are new to acupuncture or you’ve always found it to be an effective remedy to your ailments, our friendly and professional team is here to assist. Our Bondi and Sydney CBD clinics offer a tranquil environment where you can relax and unwind while our acupuncturists provide treatment. Eastern Therapies also provides personalised health and wellness acupuncture, sports therapy, pregnancy acupuncture and pediatric treatments.