The immune system in acupuncture
In Acupuncture, the immune system is associated with Wei Qi (Defensive Qi), which is controlled by the lungs. The lungs regulate Wei Qi to the skin and adjust the opening and closing of the pores. The main function of Wei Qi is to protect our body from external pathogens. It opens the pores to regulate body temperature and closes the pores to prevent pathogens from entering into our body. A weakness of lung energy may lead to the weakness of Wei Qi, making a person more susceptible to catching a cold (1). Acupuncture treatment aids the immune system by strengthening the lung functions and helping Wei Qi flow in harmony.
Studies show that acupuncture modifies the immune cells
Acupuncture improves the immune system and treats various immune related problems, as studies in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine have shown. Acupuncture stimulates the brain to increase the white blood cell count, and improve its cellular activities (2).
In 2009, a review article was published about acupuncture modifying immune cells. The effects of acupuncture treatment were investigated in various inflammatory disorders. It concluded that acupuncture treatment is able to
- Modulate immunosuppressed conditions through immune functions
- Promote activities of macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, lymphocytes, and immunoglobulin production (3)
These cells are all involved in defending us against microorganisms. Acupuncture modifies and reinforces them, which destroys any harmful bacteria or virus in our body.
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- Maciocia G. The foundations of Chinese medicine. 1st ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 1989.
- Lu W, Matulonis U, Doherty-Gilman A, Lee H, Dean-Clower E, Rosulek A et al. Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-Induced Neutropenia in Patients with Gynecologic Malignancies: A Pilot Randomized, Sham-Controlled Clinical Trial. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine [Internet]. 2009 [cited 22 April 2017];15(7):745-753. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2875080/
- Takahashi T, Sumino H, Kanda T, Yamaguchi N. Acupuncture Modifies Immune Cells. Journal of Experimental & Clinical Medicine. 2009;1(1):17-22.