The immune system is the body’s security capacity — the cells, tissues and organs that help against bacteria, parasites and other microbes that can cause infections. Disorders of the immune system range from everyday annoyances like mild seasonal allergies to serious illnesses like leukemia. Very usually, stress and lack of sleep and other common conditions can weaken the immune system, which can make us vulnerable to infections.
Acupuncture therapy can treat a wide range of health conditions, including immune deficiency, by stimulating and strengthening the immune system. It helps increase the blood flowing, motivating white blood cells function, T-cells and enhancing humoral and cellular immunity in patients with immune-related illness.
A weakened Immunity function causes may include:
- Common colds
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Immune deficiency syndrome
Treating symptoms, not causes
Most allopathic health care is directed toward relieving symptoms rather than treating the underlying cause of the disease, which may include toxins, chronic viral infections or a combination of the two. Conventional treatments used in traditional Western medicine for overactive immune system disorders, such as allergies and autoimmune diseases like arthritis, often include treatments aimed at suppressing the immune system through medication. Although that method is useful for limiting symptoms and managing pain, it does not result in a cure. Side effects and other adverse symptoms may develop after long-term use of these suppressive drugs.
Restoring and strengthening the immune function
So how does someone suffering from an immune disorder find relief? Acupuncture can regulate immune function and treat the underlying cause of the disease by reducing symptoms, speeding up the healing of infection and normalizing the body’s immune response. It works by stimulating specific portions of the autonomic nervous system through selected acupuncture points, which in turn causes responses in the immune system. For instance, acupuncture boost a rise in levels of Interferon, one of the immune system’s messenger hormones, or IgA and the percentage of CD3+, γ/δ, and CD4+ T cells which eventually decreased the mortality of sepsis. Acupuncture also activates a novel cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway and chemokine-mediated proliferation of opioid-containing macrophages in inflamed tissues. As inflammation is the coherent pathophysiologic progress in many kinds of diseases, the anti-inflammation effect of acupuncture is a very important underlying mechanism of acupuncture in treating diseases. Regular acupuncture therapy is effective in treating asthma, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, colds and infections. Moreover, apuncture do focuse on prevention before the onset of the diseases , or treating it at an early stage , it do play such a meaningful role on the prevention as well as a complement methods aside the conventional ones.