Updated: Mar 30
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking for ways to support their immune system and overall health. One complementary therapy that has gained popularity in recent years is acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a complementary therapy that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to promote healing and relieve pain. While the exact mechanisms by which acupuncture works are not fully understood, it is thought to stimulate the body's natural healing response and regulate the nervous system, including the immune system.
Acupuncture can help boost the immune system in several ways, including:
Reducing inflammation: Acupuncture has been shown to reduce levels of inflammatory cytokines in the body, which can help to reduce inflammation and support immune function.
Enhancing white blood cell production: Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are important components of the immune system that help to fight off infections and disease.
Regulating immune function: Acupuncture can help to balance the immune system by regulating the activity of immune cells and supporting overall immune function.
Reducing stress: Stress can have a negative impact on the immune system, and acupuncture has been shown to reduce stress and promote relaxation, which can help to support immune function.
For individuals with autoimmune disorders, acupuncture may be helpful in managing symptoms and supporting overall health. Autoimmune disorders occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells and tissues in the body, leading to inflammation and damage. Acupuncture can help to regulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain, which are common symptoms of autoimmune disorders.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can be helpful in managing symptoms of a variety of autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce pain, improve joint mobility, and enhance overall quality of life for individuals with these conditions.
Here are some of the autoimmune disorders that acupuncture may be helpful in treating:
Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
Type 1 diabetes
Nicole Peterson, LAc, MAcOM is a licensed acupuncturist in Ashland, Oregon. She loves sharing her passion for natural approaches to health through her online blog and at her clinic, Ashland Family Acupuncture. Contact us for an appointment or free consultation. 541-631-9649