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Estimule su sistema inmunológico de forma natural

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Tener un sistema inmunológico fuerte es crucial para la salud y el bienestar general. Este articulo proporciona información valiosa sobre formas naturales de estimular su sistema inmunológico. Aprenda sobre las hierbas que estimulan el sistema inmunológico, los puntos de acupresión para el apoyo inmunológico y los alimentos nutritivos que pueden mejorar las defensas de su cuerpo.
1) Hierbas que estimulan el sistema inmunológico:
Echinacea: Ampliamente utilizado para apoyar la salud inmunológica y reducir la duración de los síntomas del resfriado común. Está disponible en varias formas, como tés, tinturas y suplementos.
Astragalus: Conocido por sus propiedades de fortalecimiento inmunológico y su capacidad para mejorar la resistencia a las infecciones. Puede tomarse como suplemento o añadirse a sopas y guisos.
Saúco: tradicionalmente utilizado para estimular el sistema inmunológico y aliviar los síntomas del resfriado y la gripe. Disponible como jarabes, gomitas o suplementos.
2) Acupresión para apoyo inmunológico:
Intestino Grueso 4 (LI 4):
Ubicado en la membrana entre el pulgar y el índice, se cree que estimular este punto mejora la función inmunológica y alivia la congestión de los senos paranasales.
Bazo 6 (SP 6):
Se encuentra en el lado interno de la parte inferior de la pierna, aproximadamente a cuatro dedos de ancho por encima del hueso interno del tobillo. Se cree que el estimulante SP 6 fortalece el sistema inmunológico y respalda la vitalidad general.
Estómago 36 (ST 36):
Conocido como el “Punto de las tres millas”, se encuentra en el lado externo de la espinilla, aproximadamente cuatro dedos por debajo de la rótula. Se cree que estimular ST 36 aumenta la energía y mejora la función inmunológica.
Embarcación Concepción 6 (CV 6):
Situado dos dedos por debajo del ombligo, este punto se considera vital para el apoyo inmunológico, el fortalecimiento de la energía y el bienestar general.
3. Alimentos para estimular el sistema inmunológico:
Frutas cítricas: ricas en vitamina C, que apoya la función inmunológica. Incluya naranjas, pomelos, limones y limas en su dieta.
Bayas: Repleto de antioxidantes y vitaminas que promueven la salud inmunológica. Disfrute de las fresas, los arándanos y las frambuesas como refrigerio nutritivo o en batidos.
Ajo: Contiene compuestos que apoyan la actividad de las células inmunitarias. Agregue ajo fresco a sus comidas o pruebe suplementos de ajo.
Jengibre: Conocido por sus propiedades antiinflamatorias y antioxidantes. Incorpore jengibre fresco en tés, salteados o batidos.
Verduras de hojas verdes: la espinaca, la col rizada y las acelgas están repletas de vitaminas, minerales y antioxidantes que fortalecen el sistema inmunológico.
Yogur y alimentos fermentados: los probióticos que se encuentran en estos alimentos respaldan la salud intestinal, que está relacionada con la función inmunológica. Elija yogur sin azúcar y opciones fermentadas como kimchi o chucrut.
Al incorporar hierbas que estimulan el sistema inmunológico, estimular los puntos de acupresión e incorporar alimentos ricos en nutrientes en su dieta, puede mejorar su sistema inmunológico de forma natural. Recuerde consultar con un profesional de la salud o un acupunturista autorizado para obtener asesoramiento y orientación personalizados sobre el mejor enfoque para sus necesidades individuales.

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Boost Your Immune System Naturally

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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.

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Acupuncture and Summer Health

Acupuncture and Summer Health: Harnessing Traditional Chinese Medicine for Cooling Relief

As summer temperatures begin to rise, so does the need for effective ways to stay cool and maintain a balanced state of health. One avenue that many people may not have considered lies in the time-tested traditions of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), specifically, acupuncture and the therapeutic use of Chinese herbs. Here we explore how acupuncture can be applied to promote health during the summer and also delve into some cooling recipes using Chinese herbs renowned for their cooling properties. 

Acupuncture and Summer Health 

Acupuncture, one of the pillars of TCM, has been practiced for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of fine needles at specific points on the body, known as acupoints. According to TCM, these points are thought to be linked to the body’s vital energy, or Qi, and by manipulating these points, practitioners aim to correct imbalances and promote health.

In the context of summer health, the primary concern for many people is managing the excess heat, which can lead to symptoms like restlessness, insomnia, dehydration, and even heatstroke. TCM views these symptoms as signs of excess heat or Yang energy in the body. Acupuncture can help rectify this imbalance by stimulating acupoints that have cooling or Yin-enhancing effects.

Several acupoints have been traditionally associated with heat-clearing effects, such as LI11 (Quchi), HT8 (Shaofu), and GV14 (Dazhui). It’s crucial, however, to seek the assistance of a trained and certified acupuncturist, as they can provide a personalized assessment and treatment plan based on your specific needs and overall health condition.

 Cooling Down with Chinese Herbs

Beyond acupuncture, TCM also extensively uses herbs to rectify imbalances in the body. For combating the summer heat, several Chinese herbs and ingredients have been recognized for their cooling properties.

  1. Mung Beans:Mung beans are well-known for their cooling and detoxifying effects. They are rich in proteins, fiber, vitamins, and minerals and can be included in both sweet and savory dishes.
  2. Chrysanthemum Flower: This flower is often brewed into a tea and is believed to clear heat and toxins from the body. It also has calming properties, making it excellent for alleviating stress and insomnia.
    1. Rinse the chrysanthemum flowers under cold water.
    2. Place the cleaned flowers in a teapot or a heat-resistant pitcher.
    3. Pour boiling water into the pot and let the flowers steep for about 5 minutes.
    4. Stir in the honey until it dissolves.
    5. Strain the tea into cups and serve. You can enjoy this drink hot or allow it to cool and then refrigerate for a refreshing chilled beverage.Lotus Seeds:Used in a variety of Chinese dishes and desserts, lotus seeds are considered cooling and beneficial for the heart and kidneys. They are also known for their calming effects, assisting with restlessness and insomnia.

      Recipes for a Cool Summer

      Here are two simple recipes incorporating these cooling Chinese ingredients:

      Chrysanthemum Tea 


      – 20-30 dried chrysanthemum flowers

      – 1 tablespoon of honey (or to taste)


    Mung Bean Soup 


    – 1 cup mung beans

    – 4 cups water

    – Rock sugar or honey to taste

    – A handful of dried lotus seeds (optional)


    1. Rinse the mung beans and lotus seeds under cold water.
    2. In a large pot, combine the mung beans, lotus seeds (if using), and water. Bring the mixture to a boil.


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Three Acupuncture Points To Reduce Stress


The dictionary defines stress in multiple ways, but there is only one that matters when we discuss how stress affects our physical bodies. The definition is this, “stress is a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension.” And while most people think of stress as being detrimental, it truly does have a function in our bodies. Stress is the body’s way of signaling for help or a break in the routine. If we don’t listen to these signals, we can develop imbalances in our bodies, which can then lead to illnesses. Cortisol is the hormone most closely related to stress. Cortisol is a big component of the “fight or flight” response we feel when we are scared or threatened. And in small bursts, cortisol is helpful. However, when stress becomes chronic, the cortisol levels become elevated and never return to normal. This puts the body in a constant state of being on edge, eventually causing insomnia, depression, anxiety, digestive issues and even mental illness. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and it is becoming more mainstream every single day. It is even being used in some hospital emergency rooms for those who are in pain and anxious. Acupuncture acts like physical therapy for the nervous system. The tiny needles re-train the nervous system and the brain to behave as it should normally. For the nervous system to act and respond accordingly, cortisol has to be at normal levels and only used when a true “fight or flight” situation occurs. Studies show acupuncture does this.


Yin Tang This point is located midway between the inner ends of the eyebrows. Yin Tang is used to treat stress, anxiety and insomnia. It is also a great point to use for eye issues, nasal problems and headaches.

Ren 17 Located in the center of the chest, midway between the nipples on the breastbone or sternum, this point is great for opening the chest. Many people feel chest tightness and constriction when they become stressed. This point will definitely help. It is frequently used to treat anxiety, depression and nervousness, as well as asthma or other lung issues. It can also be added to treatments to help with digestive issues or heart problems like palpitations.

Heart 7 This point is located on the underside of the wrist crease on the outer edge. It is found in the depression on the outer side of the tendon. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this point is used to calm the mind and heart. It works well for anxiety, stress and anger too 

Today the average worker experiences stress levels higher than in previous decades. There are many causes for the increase in stress but there are also many ways to effectively combat these stressors and experience a life with less stress and more happiness. One of the main reasons people feel so stressed out is that with the invention of the Internet, email and, most notably, the smartphone. The pressure to always be connected is hard to let go of, especially when your smartphone is in your hand. One way to combat this is to set guidelines for yourself. Turn the phone off when you are home and off of work. If that is not possible, schedule when you will check your messages. When you are not at work, make sure you can keep those boundaries firm and not be drawn to work 24/7.

While in the office there are many ways you can destress yourself. The easiest one is to take deep breaths. If you are in a tense moment, stop what you are doing, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Once you are more grounded, you can act instead of react and handle the situation more logically. Breathing is so important and it is free, easy and you can do it anywhere you are.

When on lunch or a break try to get outside and take a walk. The fresh air and nature are beneficial in many ways. The sun will help your body produce vitamin D which is essential for good moods and emotional well-being. Being outside in nature has a calming effects, as does the physical exertion of taking a walk.

If you like tea, drinking a warm cup of tea can be relaxing, especially an herbal tea with chamomile or mint. Nourish your body inside and out. If you are feeding it well, it will treat you well. Sugar and highly-processed foods can cause spikes and big drops in blood sugar which can acutely affect your mood and exacerbate the feeling of stress.

Lastly, find a support system, whether it is inside or outside of the company you are in. People whom you can use as a sounding board with your concerns and can help you strategically work to find solutions in the workplace to have a happier and more productive office environment. Having people around you who help build you up and help you achieve your goals are the people you want around you. Distance from those who will try to bring you down or cause unnecessary stress.

Food as Medicine

food as medicine

Mama Always Said: You Are What You Eat

Maybe mom really did know best when it came to nutrition. As research has shown, what we eat can actually impact our health profoundly. Over the years, we have learned that our dietary choices can influence our risk of disease. And some have made it a profitable business to teach us new ways to look at food (anti-inflammatory diet, Keto, heart healthy, etc.).  continue reading »

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