Your Immune System and Chinese Medicine
When we get run down due to illness or we are under a lot of stress, fear or anxiety our immune system can become compromised and leave us open to catching all kinds of colds flues and viruses.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) holds the same view but rather than allowing an illness to take hold In Chinese Medicine, we look at the preventative measures we can take to strengthen our immune system or as it is known in TCM our ‘Wei Qi’
So What exactly is Wei Qi?
Wei Qi provides an ‘immune system-like’ barrier that protects your body from harmful pathogenic factors that can cause illness and disease. When we are exposed to bad air, germs, and viruses, your first line of defence, according to Chinese medicine is your Wei Qi barrier.
Over time, your immune system (Wei Qi) can become weak and unbalanced this might be due to a few things: wrong foods, emotional stress such as grief, sadness, an inherited weak constitution, smoking, and environmental such as pollution.
When your Wei Qi is down, you become prone to allergies, asthma, colds, flu, viruses and even skin problems.
To sum it up, your health and the strength of your immune system depend upon the quality, quantity and the balance of Wei Qi that flows within the meridian channels of your body.
What you can do to build your immune system?
Take care of you, your body, mind and spirit, by eating well, cutting down on sugar and processed foods in as much as you can, get regular exercise and of course get a good nights sleep.
There is one other thing you can do to strengthen your Wei Chi and it might not seem obvious at first but do the things that give you joy.
That gardening project, cooking, grandchildren walk in the mountains. Find your ‘thing’ – you know it well – it’s that ‘thing’ where you zone out, fills you up with joy.
In between your acupuncture appointments, you can also use these two Acupressure Points to strengthen your immune system
Here are two common acupuncture points to support your health. These points are located on both feet.
Rubbing these acupuncture points with your finger for 30 – 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body. Don’t worry about locating the exact spot stimulating the area around the points will stimulate your Kidney Qi.
Kidney 6 – ‘Shining Sea’ This point is directly below the inside ankle bone. It is useful for a sore throat, calming your mind, insomnia, frequent urination, irregular menstruation, cramps of feet and hands.
Kidney 7 –Fuliu, Returning Current (Recover Flow)This point is located about two inches above your inside ankle bone and on the border of your Achilles tendon. This is a useful point for Tonifying your kidney energy, oedema, night sweating, diarrhoea, dry mouth, low back pain.
Book an Acupuncture appointment
Why not book an appointment to strengthen your Immune System ‘Wei Qi’
You don’t have to wait until your Immune System (Wei Qi) has become weak and unbalanced.
The very premise of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is preventative.
When we allow our Wei Qi to go down, we leave ourselves open to allergies, asthma, colds and even skin problems.
Your health and the strength of your immune system depend upon the quality, quantity and balance of Wei Qi that flows within your meridian channels.
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