Acupuncture helps prevent getting colds and flu by strengthening the body’s natural healing and immune system. Daily we encounter all types of bacteria and viruses; our body’s immune system detects and identifies whether there is a danger to our own system’s balance or not.
What Does Stress Have To Do With It?
Acupuncture helps to reduce stress. Stress is a major factor that affects our immune system because when we are stressed the body releases stress hormones that stimulate the “fight or flight” response and suppresses the “rest and digest” response which is where the body rejuvenates and heals.
Prolonged stress will wear done the immune system’s ability to respond and balance in a timely manner. It is like the ant-virus software that needs to run checks and balances on your computer or the flashing “check engine” light that many people ignore.
When the immune system is out of balance it will either let “all pass” through unchecked or respond by attacking all or anything. This is what happens with autoimmune syndromes; the immune system is unable to identify friend or foe and responds by attacking itself.
How Will Acupuncture Affect My Overall Well-Being?
Patients that come for acupuncture treatments for general well-being find that:
- Their sleep is better
- Digestion improves
- They feel happier
- They have more energy
What they notice is that when everyone else in the office is suffering from the flu or a virus, they don’t get sick! Or if they do get a cold they recover much faster!
How Can Acupuncture Help With My Allergies?
Allergies are a form of an exaggerated immune response. Most allergens in and of themselves are not dangerous; it is the body’s response to them that causes problems. In addition, when someone has allergies they tend to become more sensitive and accumulate more allergies over time eventually requiring medications.
If you have allergies it is a sign that your body is in a state of “high sensitivity” and stress can increase those sensitivities.
Acupuncture can help by balancing the body’s system and reduce the inflammatory response. With regular treatments, the sensitivities begin to disappear and the body is able to regulate itself!
A good immune system is able to identify “friend or foe” and create balance by limiting bacteria or viruses that would upset the system. For the most part we don’t notice our immune system working until it mounts a fight against a strong pathogen or if the internal balance is compromised.