immune system

7 Ways To Stay Healthy This Fall

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Here are 7 ideas to naturally reduce your risk of infection from colds and flus.

  • Receive Acupuncture Treatments:

    Acupuncture is both calming to the nervous system and stimulating to the immune system. This allows the body to deeply rest and relax. Combining acupuncture points for relaxation with points known to improve immune function and promote white blood cells counts is a great way to stay healthy this fall and winter. Come visit us at Inner Gate Acupuncture here in lovely Portland.

  • Avoid Touching your Face: 

    Although this may sound easy, generally people touch their faces 2-4 times a minute. That's almost 2000 times per day!

  • Keep your Love Life Healthy:

    Research done at Wilkes University found that having sex once or twice a week is linked to higher levels of immunoglobulin A.  An important antibody, which protects us from bacteria.

  • Get Lots of Sleep:

    Making sure that you get enough rest helps your recovery time and can also prevent illness. During sleep your immune system releases important chemicals that help prevent infection.

  • Keep your mind calm:

    Stress and anxiety can greatly diminish your immune system’s ability to protect your body.  Meditation is a great way to boost the immune system.

  • Wash your Hands Regularly: 

    You don’t need special anti-bacterial soap but you do have to take the time to wash your hands after touching lots of surfaces, before eating, and after being exposed to sick people.

  • Exercise:

    Sweating and the build up heat in your body associated with exercise have been shown to improve your immune system’s responsiveness.

Allergies

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are effective ways to control and eliminate seasonal allergies. Using the techniques of Chinese medicine to improve immune function and reduce inflammation our acupuncturists can help you manage your allergies naturally.  

Acupuncture works by treating and strengthening the lung organ system. When the lung is functioning more optimally the immune system's hypersensitivity will be calmed. The acupuncture also works by controlling inflammation and reducing the aggravation of the mucus membranes.  

Acupuncture can treat:

  • Runny nose

  • Itchy eyes

  • Sneezing

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Nausea/ vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty sleeping

The standard treatments for allergies include antihistamines, decongestants and allergy shots. Antihistamines block the allergy response, while decongestants block mucus secretion. Allergy shots are used for more severe cases. These shots slowly expose the body to the allergens, to decrease the body's immune response. These treatments work for better for some people than others.  

Side effects of standard allergy medications:

  • Dry mouth

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea/ vomiting

  • Irritability

  • Confusion

  • Rapid heart rate

  • High blood pressure

  • Drowsiness

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are a natural and side effect free way to control, prevent and eliminate allergies.  When used by our skilled acupuncturists these medicines eliminate the need for over the counter medications and strengthen the entire body, fostering a powerful and effective immune system.