We live in a day and age where as a society consume vast amounts of antibiotics, vitamins & mineral supplements, and immunisation shots ... Yet in the acupuncture clinic it seems that more and more people are presenting with autoimmune conditions, food sensitivities, various allergic responses & hypersensitivities, and bacterial and viral infections.
Why is it that we seem to be consuming so many products that are deemed 'good' for us relative to there associated paradigm, yet many of us are presenting with the signs and symptoms of an imbalanced immune system.
I do not have the answer to this question, however if we look at it from a simple and logical perspective, as the Daoists did 2000 years ago, we can see that living in accordance with nature and not in conflict to it, may have something to do with it.
What this means at its most fundamental level is beginning to rest and retire when the son goes down, beginning to be active and engaging when the sun rises, eat simple wholesome meals and not consuming to the point of excess, utilising tools that assist us in balancing our emotions and dealing with the stressors of life (i.e. breathing techniques/meditation).
You can adapt these three precepts to your own life and way of living, even taking ten minutes to sit still and be in a quiet space first thing in the morning. Or taking 15 minutes to have breakfast sitting down as opposed to a liquid breakfast consumed whilst rushing to the train. Furthermore, one of the biggest and most profound shifts we can make in this day and age is not to be mindlessly on the computer indulging in (anti)-social media to the early hours of the morning, as this messes with our organism on so many levels.
In the acupuncture clinic I find that regulating the immune system is extremely important when treating individuals experiencing susceptibility to colds and flu, slow healing response, autoimmune conditions, chronic infections, chronic tendonitis and other connective tissue disorders, hypersensitivities, and fatigue. I find through the use of acu-points on the acupuncture meridians harmonising or subsequent strengthening of the immune system can have a profound effect on inducing an optimal state of health.
All the Best,
Giancarlo Nerini - Licensed Acupuncturist