The best defense is a great offense so when it comes to getting through cold seasons that harbor germs at every front, choosing a natural health remedy may get you into spring and summer unscathed.

Boost your immune system with acupuncture, an exceptional way to rev up your inner pharmacy. Before you experience symptoms of colds or flus and succumb to the onslaught of conventional medicine fixes, take the opportunity to tap into the enormous healing potential your body holds.

By releasing stuck energy through an acupuncture protocol you can very well improve and enhance your immune function at the root cause resulting in reduced or eradicated illness rather than just tamping down symptoms.

Encouraging NK Cells

As your body is confronted with the daily slings and arrows of many potential health compromises, it may need some help warding off bacterias and viruses. Natural Killer (NK) cells aka effector cells have been shown to increase when acupuncture was applied.

In a rodent lab study by researchers from the Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Showa University, Tokyo, Japan which was published in The Japanese Journal of Physiology it was stated that,

“Acupuncture stimulation of the anterior tibial muscle, which is equivalent to Tsu-sanli point

(ST [stomach] 36) stimulation and which induces acupuncture analgesia [pain reduction], enhanced YAC-1 cell lytic activity of the splenic natural killer cells (NK activity) from pentobarbital anesthetized Wistar rats…The serum from rats treated with acupuncture stimulation [] also enhanced the NK activity of other intact rats…The serum from acupuncture-stimulated rats also had more potent complement activity than that from control rats.”

Clinical Correlations, New York University’s Langone Online Journal of Medicine, reports on the study stating that,

“Considering the role of NK cells in fighting viral infections, this study’s findings provide some rationale for the use of acupuncture in viral conditions like upper respiratory tract infections.”

Small crossover studies on humans have shown similar results which, notably, included more points than just ST36. The study by Showa University was published in 1996 but many researchers did not stop there. In 2011 another study emerged as published in Evidence-Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine titled ‘Acupuncture May Stimulate Anticancer Immunity via Activation of Natural Killer Cells’ by researchers at the University of California and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively.

This study concluded that there is a valid “acupuncture immuno-enhancement hypothesis” which “proposes that acupuncture enhances the ability of the immune system to more actively eliminate malignant cells by increasing the ability of NK cells to kill cancer cells.”

These, and many findings like it, are irrefutable inasmuch as the practice of acupuncture continues to prove its vast healing potentials.

Relieving Emotionally Induced Immune Impairment

It is not surprising that going through a difficult time in life could very well result in becoming ill. The emotional stress can be so great that it directly affects and potentially weakens your immune system. Several studies have confirmed the link between emotional response and immune affectation, often referred to as the gut-brain axis due to the fact that a majority of your immune system resides in your GI tract.

Researchers from the Department of Physiology (Animal Physiology II), Faculty of Biological Science, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain published a study titled, ‘Effect of acupuncture treatment on the immune function impairment found in anxious women’ in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine.

According to the study abstract,

“The acupuncture protocol consisted of manual needle stimulation of 19 acupoints, with each session lasting 30 min [10 sessions within one year]. It was performed on 34 female 30-60 year old patients, suffering from anxiety, as determined by the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI)…The results showed that the most favorable effects of acupuncture on the immune functions appear 72 hours after the single session and persist one month after the end of the complete treatment. Impaired immune functions in anxious women [] were significantly improved by acupuncture, and augmented immune parameters [] were significantly diminished.”

This study is one example of how your emotional response could be triggering adverse health reactions you may not have attributed to such. Acupuncture may be the best choice to rebalance and restore your inner Qi (chee – life force) which in turn could boost your immune function.

Helper T-Cell Enhancement

Using acupuncture to improve your immune system before, during or after illness can be as essential as any conventional medication. In fact, some believe that acupuncture surpasses the ability of many pharmaceuticals which, more often than not, suppress symptoms rather than prevents them from repeatedly occurring. One major result of acupuncture being applied to immune system function is the development of human helper T-cells.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, describes these cells in Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th edition,

“Helper T cells are arguably the most important cells in adaptive immunity, as they are required for almost all adaptive immune responses. They not only help activate B cells to secrete antibodies and macrophages to destroy ingested microbes, but they also help activate cytotoxic T cells to kill infected target cells. As dramatically demonstrated in AIDS patients, without helper T cells we cannot defend ourselves even against many microbes that are normally harmless.”

A study, published 4/13/17 in the open access peer reviewed journal PLoS One, used the same stimulation of the ST36 point as originally studied in the 1996 Japanese study. The researchers from Basic Medical College, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, China reported:

“In conclusion, the present study has demonstrated that electroacupuncture at the ST36 acupoint was able to regulate the production of immune cytokines (IFN-γ, IL-2 and IL-17) and the differentiation and activation of splenic T cells,”

By utilizing an acupuncture protocol to improve your immune function you may very well be able to get ahead of pending illness, particularly during cold and flu season.

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