A strong immune system is key to good health in general and staving off infections. A sensible diet, moderate exercise, quality sleep and limited stress all contribute to boosting your immune system. “Run down” typically leads to catching a cold or worse. My patients who come in for regular ‘immune boosting’ treatments are all happy, healthy and disease/sickness-free; living life to the fullest. Acupuncture has been used for over 2,000 years to enhance health and longevity. A recent publication on the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) site was posted and I will give you the direct quote below. Basically, what it states in simple language is that the application of acupuncture on certain points with mild electro-stimulation, can enhance B cells and T cells in the body (immune boosting and germ fighting cells). A proven study that the NIH has published. So, if it’s good for them, you KNOW it’s good for you! Call or email the office today and set up an appointment for treatment. Better to boost your immune system than be too sick to attend all the holiday festivities coming our way!
PLoS One. 2017 Apr 13;12(4):e0175568. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175568. eCollection 2017.
Enhancement of immune cytokines and splenic CD4+ T cells by electroacupuncture at ST36 acupoint of SD rats.
Electroacupuncture at the ST36 acupoint can enhance the body’s immune function. However, the mechanism for this enhancement has not been fully described. Our study was designed to investigate the effect of electroacupuncture on the immune function of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. The rats were randomly divided into three groups: a control group, a non-acupoint group (abdominal muscle acupuntured) and a ST36 acupoint group. Our results showed that successive electroacupuncture at the ST36 acupoint for 3 d significantly enhanced the interferon-γ (IFN-γ) level in the serum of SD rats. The results also showed that the serum and extracts from spleen cells of the ST36 acupoint group contained higher levels of interleukin (IL)-2 and IL-17 compared to those of the other two groups. Immunohistochemical analysis showed that electroacupuncture applied to the ST36 acupoint enhanced the expression level of CD4 in spleen cells. Furthermore, it was observed that CD4 co-localized with transient receptor potential vanilloid (TRPV) channels at the membrane of splenic CD4+ T cells and the expression level of CD4 was related to TRPV channels in the electroacupuncture treatment. These observations indicated that electroacupuncture stimulation at the ST36 acupoint enhanced the level of immune cytokines and splenic CD4+ T cells through TRPV channels in this system.