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Four Pillars of a Healthy Immune System

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The Four Pillars of a Healthy Immune System 

Your immune system is as strong as you are, but there are certain “bugs” that can compromise even a healthy immune system. In this article we will help you to find the strengths and weaknesses of your immune system and the tools to help improve and balance it. We explore the Four Pillars of a Healthy Immune System and how to bring balance to each.

The Physical Pillar of the Immune System

Physical health cannot be achieved in an absolute way; it is something we constantly need to maintain and balance. It is not black or white, it’s more like finding the right balance without falling over, or getting up fast after we fall. We need fresh air, food, water, healthy organs and proper exercise to maintain a state of optimal health. Whilst healthy food will benefit the body, unhealthy food will not nourish us and may cause a reaction of our immune system in the digestive system. The same is for water that is unclean (for example tap water that has had fluoride or heavy metals added to it) or, polluted air from chemicals or smoking that will cause a reaction in the lungs and the airways. Whilst our body can handle toxins, the more we take care of nourishing our body with healthy food and minimizing our intake of chemicals, additives, and toxins; then more we reduce the pressure on our immune system. Then we have  the possibility of being ready and strong for when we really need it.  

Is Hygiene good for the Immune System?

It’s a tricky question. With the Covid-19 rules and regulations in Edmonton of early 2020, we are all told to avoid touching anything that is not disinfected. While it makes sense in one way, what it actually does is compromise and disable our immune system. When we touch a person or an object we are communicating with our environment. Our immune system is constantly responding to outer stimuli and learns a lot all the time. When you deprive access to new information it actually weakens the system. We should use our common sense – do your best to expose yourself and your children to nature, earth, sun, trees, and animals. Wash your hands before eating or after using the restroom. If you need to obey the rules of wearing a mask, take a break when you can and practice some deep breathing. Best is to get in the fresh air since the mask blocks healthy airflow. When quarantine laws are not in effect it is typically considered healthy to have interpersonal touch with others and with different environments.  Children playing together and for their systems to adapt to different bacteria, germs, and molecules, even if that means they become sick for a short while. Different germs strengthen the immune system.Similarly, as you begin an exercise routine, you will not start by running a marathon. If you overexpose yourself you may be sick. Nurses and doctors who work in a hospital can handle much more than a common person who is not used to this kind of exposure. Finding a balance that allows the immune system to still interact with different environments and circumstances whilst also taking some precautions is a healthy move.

Existing Conditions

Any existing condition and the consumption of medication weakens the immune system. Try to heal or balance your conditions. For example, asthma in many cases can be healed or improved with acupuncture or another form of natural medicine. The same goes for allergies, cough, insomnia, constipation, headaches, etc. This is essential for creating a healthy immune system.

Recommended supplements to boost your immune system

  • It is better to get a diagnosis and a special recommendation from a Naturopathic doctor, also so that you can save money on products.
  • Take Vitamin C – Pills or even better is a Vitamin C IV (We provide Intravenous Therapy in our clinic).
  • Vitamin D – Many are deficient in Vitamin D. This is essential for maintaining a healthy Immune System. Sun exposure also greatly helps to increase it
  • Also: Zinc, Selenium, probiotics, garlic, fresh ginger, Honey, Oregano oil, Iodine, Colloidal Silver.
  • Vitamin A.
  • Chinese Herbal Combinations. Some natural remedies like “Gan Mao Ling”  can be extremely efficient in preventing the onset of a cold.

The Mental – Emotional Pillar of The Immune system

It is well known that stress depletes the nervous system. But there are specific “bugs” or triggers that can make you sick. According to Recall Healing, the main emotional conflict that can trigger the flu, influenza, or “flu-like” symptoms is a very common one: arguing or fighting. Whether you had an actual argument, are anticipating one or playing out a scenario in your head; if your brain has a virus available then you may “catch the flu”. This is a stress on the throat area (talking, arguing), and people often begin with a sore, dry throat before developing a cold. That is why some people exposed to viruses or germs get sick whilst others don’t. It’s also why some people can have a virus but don’t get sick. Fear will  trigger lung symptoms like cough and bronchitis. It is important to stay relaxed and not buy into the public fear in cases similar to COVID19. It is recommended to do what you need to do to protect yourself but to put everything in proportion.

How to Heal Flu from an Emotional Point of View?

As soon as you start feeling the first symptoms try to remember if you argued, or had an “internal argument” in the last few days. This might have caused stress on the system. If so, do the best you can to forgive, release, and let go. When you are sincere in this, it will heal the symptoms in less than an hour. If you argue frequently or get the flu more than once or twice a year, you could check with a Recall Healing practitioner. They may be able to identify subconscious reasons s for arguing. Allergies, chronic cough, and bronchitis have different conflicts, and the emotional cause needs to be healed for a full recovery. Recall Healing addresses these underlying causes of illness.   immune system

The Energetic Pillar of the Immune system (Chinese Medicine)

In Chinese medicine there is protective energy in the body that is called “Wei Qi.” Wei Qi is related to the energy of different organs in the body but mainly the lungs. The energy that gives us the flu is seen as part of nature. It is an external pathogenic qi, usually called wind-cold or wind-heat entering the body. That is why it is important not to be heavily or overexposed to cold weather in winter or to fans, drafts or air conditioners in the summer.

Treating the Immune System in Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture – Acupuncture is very effective in treating a weak immune system. After diagnosis, Acupuncture helps with both acute and chronic conditions. Chinese Herbal Medicine – extremely effective, especially if taken in the first 2-3 days and can prevent you from becoming sick. I recommend my patients to have Herbal formulas in their house like “Gan Mao Ling” to take with any flu-like symptoms. Lifestyle – Strengthen your Wei Qi by doing breathing exercises like qigong, yoga, and cardio exercise. Eat well and get adequate sleep. Dress well – wear clothes that cover the back of the neck in winter. There are exceptions to the strength of your immune system in cases of what we call in Chinese Medicine “Pandemic Qi”. In cases of a very contagious virus like  COVID19, you may contract it even if your immune system is strong. However, when your Wei qi is strong enough, we will see fewer symptoms and a shorter duration of illness. Acupuncture for immune system  

The Inspirational (spiritual) Pillar of the Immune System

The last of the four pillars of a healthy immune system is the inspirational pillar. Many don’t consider the connection of the immune system to inspiration, however, it’s actually one our strongest powers. You can observe a mother who “cannot afford’ to be sick because she needs to take care of her children. When your life has a purpose or meaning, this boosts your body with “high-level energy.” What inspires you? Is it your work, your hobby, your loved ones? Is it a Spiritual Path or just being in nature? Our body’s deep fundamental energy is all about loving life. Life has endured ice ages, meteors, wars, famine, and plagues. Our ancestors have been through a lot of difficulties and still, we are here. Don’t let the seed of fear, despair, or defeat grow in your mind.Turn off the TV and turn on your heart. Connect to someone. Isolation is an illusion, we are basically all one like cells in one body. Try to find the flow of life and love inside you. You will feel better and you will also inspire others to do so. Our real “herd immunity” is all about the love connections and about supporting each other.   immune system

Summary: The four pillars of a healthy immune system

There are many ways to bring balance to the physical, mental-emotional, energetic and spiritual pillars or aspects of our immune system. Rebalance Acupuncture Edmonton offers holistic healing services to strengthen the Immune System. We offer Acupuncture, Recall Healing and other services to bring about greater balance in your immunity and overall health.

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Elad Shalev

Elad Shalev

Elad Shalev, R. Ac, Registered acupuncturist in Alberta, is the founder of ReBalance. The name ReBalance comes from a combination of Recall Healing and Balance Method Acupuncture.

After practicing and teaching different types of alternative medicine over the last 20 years, Elad Shalev came to focus his work on the most effective methods from his experience. His search after healing methods that provide fast results in curing the symptoms while healing the root cause of the disease, led him to Balance method Acupuncture and Recall Healing.

The Rebalance acupuncture clinic is located in Edmonton, Canada.

Elad Shalev

Elad Shalev

Elad Shalev, R. Ac, Registered acupuncturist in Alberta, is the founder of ReBalance. The name ReBalance comes from a combination of Recall Healing and Balance Method Acupuncture.

After practicing and teaching different types of alternative medicine over the last 20 years, Elad Shalev came to focus his work on the most effective methods from his experience. His search after healing methods that provide fast results in curing the symptoms while healing the root cause of the disease, led him to Balance method Acupuncture and Recall Healing.

The Rebalance acupuncture clinic is located in Edmonton, Canada.

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