Strengthen Your Immune System and Find Balance with Acupuncture
With summer making way for chilly autumn, it's more important than ever to look after our body's defenses.
This time of year can be a challenge for our immune systems. If our bodies fail to repel bacteria and other toxins, we can experience anything from a temporary setback like a cold or allergies, to more serious or chronic conditions.
Combine this with poor nutrition and excess stress, and your defenses can face an even greater decline with recurring illnesses.
Optimal Wellness Center's Peter Geller, licensed acupuncturist and Oriental medicine practitioner, tells us that our first line of protection is known as our "Defensive Layer" or "Defensive Qi" in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Qi is seen as the vital life force that underlies all body operations, and its harmony is crucial for our overall health.
When our immune system, or the life force "qi," are blocked, weak, or imbalanced, our natural systems fail to function properly.
Acupuncture helps to strengthen our weakened defenses and our resistance to harmful agents by stimulating and triggering an immune response.
Beyond its acclaimed use for pain therapy, acupuncture can help with allergies, arthritis, energy levels, stress, mental clarity, headaches, metabolic function, and much more.
For over 2,000 years, we have utilized acupuncture to alleviate the root cause of illness by strengthening and restoring the flow of qi.
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine are constantly evolving, and Peter explains, "TCM is a comprehensive system that treats a whole range of disorders for overall balance. A patient often gets the most benefit by combining both acupuncture and herbology together for a synergistic effect."
For first timers, Peter assures, "If you have a good needle and a good practitioner, you should feel little to nothing from the needles. Acupuncture needles are at least ten times thinner than hypodermic needles (the kind used to give a shot or take a blood sample) and they do not tear through tissue to penetrate veins. So acupuncture is a much more comfortable experience than what most people think about with needles."