Our immune system is the body’s defense system — white blood cells, antibodies, lymphatic system, the spleen, thymus and t bone marrow help fend off foreign invaders like bacteria, parasites and other microbes that can cause infections.

Disorders of the immune system range from everyday annoyances like mild seasonal allergies to serious illnesses like leukemia, HIV, and cancer. Stress, lack of sleep and other common conditions can contribute to a weakened immune system, which can make you vulnerable to infections.

Acupuncture therapy can treat a wide range of health conditions, including immune deficiency, by stimulating and balancing the immune system. Acupuncture can strengthen a weakened immune system by increasing red and white cell counts, T-cell count and enhancing humoral and cellular immunity in patients with immune-related illness.

A compromised or dysfunctional immune system is a major component of most chronic diseases. Unhealthy lifestyle, poor nutrition, stress and exposure to toxicity and pollutants all can lead to a declining immune system. Once compromised, a weak immune system results in frequent colds, allergies, and reoccurring infections.

Some of the of the disorders of the immune system include:

  • Common colds and flu
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cancer
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Immune deficiency syndrome

Acupuncture can modulate immune function and treat the underlying cause of the disease by reducing symptoms, speeding up the healing of infection and regulating the body’s immune response. It works by stimulating specific portions of the autonomic nervous system through selected acupoints, which in turn causes responses in the immune system. Acupuncture can cause a rise in levels of interferon, the immune system’s messenger hormones. Regular acupuncture therapy can be effective in treating asthma, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, colds and infections.

More and more research has revealed that acupuncture can regulate immunity, for example, to enhance anticancer and anti-stress immune function and exert anti-inflammation effects. This may be the basis of acupuncture in preventing and treating later diseases.

As inflammation is the coherent pathophysiologic progress in many kinds of diseases, immune system and response of the human body are influenced in diseases such as cancer; the anti-inflammation effect of acupuncture may be a very important underlying mechanism of acupuncture in treating diseases. Moreover, TCM focuses on the theory that prevention before the onset of the diseases or intervening in an early stage of diseases is much better than treating after the onset. Preconditioning by acupuncture which means stimulation with acupuncture before the onset of diseases has been widely applied from ancient time to present clinical practice, proposing a potential field in preventing diseases.