Immune System

The immune system is a complex network of interconnected organs, tissues and cells that work together to protect us. Disorders arise when the immune system is overactive (autoimmune diseases), underactive (immune deficiency diseases), or triggers an inappropriate response to foreign substances (asthma, allergies). Medications for disorders of the immune system can have adverse side effects, such as fatigue, digestive issues, headaches, sleep disruptions, and susceptibility to illness.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for thousands of years to bring the immune system into balance. According to TCM, energy (qi) flows through our meridians, organs, blood, and all that exists within us. When healthy energy (zheng qi) is balanced and flowing smoothly, it protects us from disease and manages pain. We also require another type of protective energy (wei qi), derived from food and water and dispersed through our body to help us resist disease. We can support our immune system by balancing our internal energies through acupuncture, herbs, and diet.

TCM is now being acknowledged as an effective treatment for many common disorders. For example, a German study examined the effect of 10 acupuncture treatments on patients with mild to moderate Crohn’s disease—an autoimmune condition that involves chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Study members showed improvement in general wellbeing and quality of life. Immune-related disorders that may be treated with WS-TCM include:

  • Asthma

  • Seasonal allergies

  • Lupus

  • Type 1 Diabetes

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Psoriasis

  • Immune deficiency syndrome

A balanced immune system is necessary for the protection and repair our bodies need. We work with our clients to understand not only their symptoms, but the underlying patterns that may be contributing to an overactive or underactive immune response. Treatment may include acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling, and relief may come within several visits, continuing to build over the course of treatment.

“Alex and Lisa shepherded me through a difficult health issue when I was feeling a little let down by my other doctors. They are patient, caring, thoughtful, and thorough and the acupuncture treatments I have received at Garden have changed my life and my overall health. Thank you!”

— Caroline W.


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