If you’ve never had an acupuncture treatment, winter is the perfect time to begin including acupuncture in your overall health regimen. This is because in addition to its many other benefits, you can boost immunity with it, and it goes without saying that in the middle of flu and cold season, anything that enhances your immunity is highly desirable.
Flu viruses mutate over the course of the season, and what might work to prevent the flu at the beginning of the season (ie a flu shot) may not be as effective later on. Of course, you know that there is no vaccine for the common cold. Acupuncture can help to prevent the flu, and can also ease cold and flu symptoms if you are unlucky enough to become ill. According to acupuncturist Marc Sklar (DA, Lac, MSTOM), four treatments over the course of the winter would be standard for the average adult.
To boost immunity with acupuncture, needles are placed at various sites on the body (usually the back, legs and arms). Even people who are very sensitive will experience little or no discomfort, as the acupuncture needles are much finer than those that are used for injections. They enter the skin with very little resistance, so the treatment is not painful. In fact, many people report that they find the treatments relaxing.
You’ve probably heard the expression, “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Everyone, without exception, has some sort of weakness in their constitution that exposes their body to potential illness. Acupuncture works on these underlying weaknesses. Studies show that when you have an acupuncture treatment, the chemicals that enhance your immune system become elevated for a minimum of three days. Anyone can definitely boost immunity with acupuncture.
Actually, conventional medicine has recently come to embrace acupuncture as a mainstream treatment. This is because numerous studies have shown that you can boost immunity with acupuncture. Jamie Starkey (LAc), who blogs on Dr. Oz’s website, states that acupuncture enhances the body’s production of “killer” cells, which act against the organisms that cause illness. These cells not only fight germs and viruses, they guard against allergic reactions, and even disorders of the autoimmune system. A qualified acupuncturist can work together with your family doctor to create a multidisciplinary approach to your health care.
When you boost immunity with acupuncture, you will definitely feel better. You’ll be less likely to get a cold or the flu, and even if you do, you will likely suffer less and for a shorter period than you would without acupuncture. Even if your problem is simple winter blues, you can take comfort from knowing that acupuncture is believed to release endorphins (the “feel good” hormones secreted by the brain). You’ll feel healthier, more energetic, and more relaxed when you include acupuncture in your health routine.
If you live in York & you’d like help boosting your immunity this winter, contact Tiziana today to schedule an acupuncture appointment.