Supporting a strong immune system is crucial for overall health and well-being. This handout provides valuable information on natural ways to boost your immune system. Learn about immune-boosting herbs, acupressure points for immune support, and nutritious foods that can enhance your body’s defenses.
1) Immune-Boosting Herbs:
Echinacea: 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 its 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 and flu symptoms. Available as syrups, gummies, or supplements.
2) Acupressure for Immune Support:
Large Intestine 4 (LI 4):
Located in the webbing between the thumb and index finger, stimulating this point is believed to enhance immune function and relieve sinus congestion.
Spleen 6 (SP 6):
Found on the inner side of the lower leg, about four finger-widths above the inner ankle bone. Stimulating SP 6 is thought to strengthen the immune system and support overall vitality.
Stomach 36 (ST 36):
Known as the “Three Mile Point,” it is located on the outer side of the shin, about four finger-widths below the kneecap. Stimulating ST 36 is believed to boost energy and enhance immune function.
Conception Vessel 6 (CV 6):
Situated two finger-widths below the navel, this point is considered vital for immune support, energy strengthening, and overall well-being.
3. Foods to Boost the Immune System:
Citrus Fruits: Rich in vitamin C, which supports immune function. Include 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 nutritious snack or in smoothies.
Garlic: Contains compounds that support immune cell activity. Add fresh garlic to your meals or try garlic supplements.
Ginger: Known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Incorporate fresh ginger into teas, stir-fries, or smoothies.
Green Leafy Vegetables: Spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that strengthen the immune system.
Yogurt and Fermented Foods: Probiotics found in these foods support gut health, which is linked to immune function. Choose unsweetened yogurt and fermented options like kimchi or sauerkraut.
By incorporating immune-boosting herbs, stimulating acupressure points, and incorporating nutrient-rich foods into your diet, you can naturally enhance your immune system. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional or licensed acupuncturist for personalized advice and guidance on the best approach for your individual needs.