Supporting a strong immune system is crucial for overall health and well-being. That is especially true as we are heading into the winter full-force. It is important to learn about immune-boosting herbs, acupressure points and nutritious foods that can enhance your body’s defenses.
Boosting Immunity Naturally
Immune Boosting Herbs: Echinacea. This herb is widely used to support immune health and reduce the duration of common cold symptoms. It is available in various forms such as teas, tinctures, and supplements.
Astragalus: Known for it’s immune-strengthening properties and ability to enhance resistance to infections. It can be taken as a supplement or added to soups and stews!
Elderberry: Traditionally used to boost the immune system and alleviate cold/flu symptoms. Available commonly as syrups, gummies or supplements.
Acupressure for Immunity
Acupressure for Immune Support: Large Intestine Point. Located in the webbing between the thumb and index finger, stimulating this point is believed to enhance immune function and relieve sinus congestion. This is great for the colder months!
Spleen 6: Found on the inner side of the lower leg, about four finger-widths above the inner ankle bone. Stimulating this point is thought to the strengthen the immune system and support overall vitality.
Stomach 36: Known commonly as “The Three Mile Point,” it is located on the outer side of the shin, about four finger widths below the kneecap. Stimulating this one is believed to boost energy and enhance immune function as a whole.
Conception Vessel 6: Situated two finger-widths below the naval, this point is considered vital for immune support, energy strengthening and well-being.
Foods To Boost Immunity
1.) Citrus Fruits: Rich in vitamin C, which supports immune function. This includes oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes in your diet.
Berries: Packed with antioxidants and vitamins that promote immune health. Enjoy strawberries, blueberries and raspberries as a snack or even in a smoothie!
Garlic: Contains compounds that support immune cell activity. Add fresh garlic to your meals or try garlic supplements.
Ginger: Known for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Try to incorporate fresh ginger into teas, stir-fries or once again a smoothie!
Green Leafy Vegetables: Spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that strengthen the immune system when consumed!
Yogurt and Fermented Foods: Probiotics found in these foods support gut health, which is highly linked to immune function. Choose unsweetened yogurt and fermented options like kimchi or sauerkraut
At Integrative Acupuncture, we will work closely with you to come up with a treatment plan that incorporates your needs for a stronger immune system that also adds recommendations from our Licensed Acupuncturists. Book an initial or follow-up appointment with us here!