Your immune system is responsible for keeping bacteria, microbes and toxins from interrupting the normal functions of the body. It’s a complex system made up of a network of different cells, tissues and organs that work together to protect you. The function of this system can become compromised by several factors including lack of sleep, chronic stress, poor nutrition and exposure to harmful agents. Signs that your immune system is becoming weakened include frequent colds, allergies, chronic infections and general fatigue.
Acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy and nutritional medicine can play important roles in a multi faceted approach to strengthening a weakened immune system. More and more research has revealed that acupuncture can help regulate immunity. Many individual Chinese medicinal herbs and the formulas they are found in have also been studied for their various immune regulating functions. At the same time, extensive research is revealing the complex and highly beneficial actions of specific nutrients, trace elements and minerals in supporting the function of our immune system. The significance of good nutrition and digestive function is the result of the inseparable relationship between our digestive and immune systems. For example, did you know that GALT which is an acronym for ‘Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue’ represents about 70% of your entire immune system and is as the name suggests located in your digestive tract.
If your immune function is not optimal, it is therefore very important that a holistic approach is taken to improving it. Exploring how natural medicine in the form of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional therapy can help restore function and balance in your body might just save you from more chronic health issues in the future, not to mention improving your overall health and well being.