Woman with Cold Acupuncture can help improve the immune system. Many of my patients have found that after acupuncture treatment they get fewer colds and also get over the cold faster.

Patients who want to work on their immune system will come in annually during the late fall and early winter.  During the treatment we will work to boost their immune system to prevent colds in the during the cold months.

Others may find they get colds coming out of the winter into Spring.  This is often complicated by spring allergies.

Acupuncture is frequently used to boost the immune system to help prevent colds and research has shown that acupuncture can also help you get over a cold faster.

Acupuncture helps boost up your immune system

Acupuncture has long been touted for its ability to enhance health and keep people from getting sick. Historically, acupuncture doctors in service to the emperors of China were only paid if they kept the Emperor healthy,  not if he got sick. So it has long been known acupuncture works to keep people healthy.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s ability to defend against pathogens through its ability to reduce stress, inflammation, and stimulate the immune system.

Traditionally, we say that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce more Qi, the body’s energy.  We use Qi for all of the body’s activities including fighting off diseases and boosting the immune system. It also helps to increase circulation, which keeps everything moving and healthy.

An example of how acupuncture stimulates the immune system is that it activates  the production of natural killer cells, a type of white blood cell that defends the body against infection.  Acupuncture also helps to activate genes that help the immune system, and stimulates antioxidant production in the liver, hypothalamus, and red blood cells.  Acupuncture has also shown to enhance immunity through the Neuro-Endocrine-Immunity network.