illness prevention, immunity & allergies in san francisco

The immune system is a complex and powerful network that protects the body against allergens, bacteria and viruses. Made of cells, proteins, lymphatic tissue and organs that battle external pathogens and internal cell malfunctions, it is undoubtedly a vital component for health and longevity.  

Symptoms like fatigue, reoccurring colds and flu, food and seasonal allergies, gastrointestinal issues, systemic inflammation and chronic infections may indicate a weakened immune system.  Lifestyle factors such as prolonged periods of stress, poor diet, lack of sleep and exercise, smoking, drinking alcohol and sugar can negatively affect the immune system.  

For some the immune system becomes overactive and looses it's ability to distinguish between the body and a foreign organism thus attacking organs, tissues and cells.  The result in an autoimmune condition such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, IBD, Multiple Sclerosis, Psoriasis, Graves' Disease or Hashimoto's.  On the contrary,  some immune systems are too weak to respond to an invading organism, leaving the body vulnerable to illness.  

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a natural and effective healing method to treat acute and chronic ailments, overactive or weak immune systems.  It has a longstanding history of regulating the immune system that is now being supported by modern bio-medical research.  

how acupuncture and chinese medicine can help

The National Institute of Health and many published studies agree that acupuncture has far-reaching positive effects on the immune system.  Acupuncture assists the body in regulating immunity by activating the nervous system, releasing an increased amount of red and white blood cells in compromised patients and increasing lymphocyte proliferation and natural killer cell activity in patient's fighting illnesses.  The body's primary defense mechanisms, these help prevent illness but also help the body recover quicker if one has already set in.  

Acupuncture also promotes relaxation and better sleep patterns.  Sleep is a cornerstone for health and is necessary for physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. Less sleep means the body is bombarded with excess amounts of cortisol and adrenaline, hormones that negatively impact immunity and systemic inflammation.  

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, with immunity-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, and cupping therapy are a proven therapy for preventative health and robust immunity. 

methods to enhancing immunity 

Incorporate acupuncture into a health maintenance program

Acupuncture provides support to a weakened or overactive immune system, encourages relaxation and sleep, the time when healing and repairing takes place, and decreases inflammation in the body.

Eat a health diet 

Food is medicine and nutrient dense food is not only vital for immunity but for overall health.  Immune boosting foods include cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and cabbage), mushrooms (shiitake, maitake, wood ear and reishi), root vegetables (carrots, yams, sweet potatoes and radishes), grains (brown rice, oats and quinoa) and fruit (blueberries, raspberries and blueberries).  Eliminating processed food, wheat, dairy and sugar help eliminate inflammation in the body and keep immunity strong.

Keep moving

Exercise or movement stimulates the lymphatic system and increases systemic oxygenation and the level of leukocytes, immune system cells that fights inflammation, in the body.

Heal the digestive tract with probiotics

Probiotics provides support to the good bacteria, and thus immunity, assists the body with absorbing nutrients and keeps the intestinal lining healthy.  Eighty percent of the immune system is located in the intestines.

Take a daily dose of Vitamin D

In addition to enhancing immunity, Vitamin D also contributes to bone health, manages blood sugar levels, protects against cancer, fights heart disease and improves mood, concentration and memory.