Effect of acupuncture treatment on the immune function impairment found in anxious women.
by Arranz L and 3 person
It is presently accepted that emotional disturbances lead to immune system impairment, and that therefore their treatment could restore the immune response. Thus, the aim of the present work was to study the effect of an acupuncture treatment, designed specifically to relieve the emotional symptoms stemming from anxiety, on several functions (adherence, chemotaxis, phagocytosis, basal and stimulated superoxide anion levels, lymphocyte proliferation in response to phytohemagglutinin A (PHA) and natural killer (NK) activity) of leukocytes (neutrophils and lymphocytes) from anxious women. The acupuncture protocol consisted of manual needle stimulation of 19 acupoints, with each session lasting 30 min. It was performed on 34 female 30-60 year old patients, suffering from anxiety, as determined by the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI). Before and 72 hours after receiving the first acupuncture session, peripheral blood samples were drawn. In 12 patients, samples were also collected immediately after the first single acupuncture session and one month after the end of the whole acupuncture treatment, which consisted of 10 sessions during a year, until the complete remission of anxiety. Twenty healthy non-anxious women in the same age range were used as controls. The results showed that the most favorable effects of acupuncture on the immune functions appear 72 hours after the single session and persist one month after the end of the complete treatment. Impaired immune functions in anxious women (chemotaxis, phagocytosis, lymphoproliferation and NK activity) were significantly improved by acupuncture, and augmented immune parameters (superoxide anion levels and lymphoproliferation of the patient subgroup whose values had been too high) were significantly diminished. Acupuncture brought the above mentioned parameters to values closer to those of healthy controls, exerting a modulatory effect on the immune system.
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Acupuncture treatment for immune system disorder
The immune system of the body produces antibodies that can fight any infection whether it be fungal or bacterial. These antibodies can also combat the growth of cancer cells.
When a microorganism invades the body, the immune system gears itself up to destroy it and keep it in check. The system produces the antibodies that are designed to fight that particular organism.
There are many categories of immune system problems, and they can be disorders that are acquired or are primary. In certain cases, the problem is caused by the immune system attacking its own cells. Allergic diseases are caused by the immune system reacting to an antigen. The immune system is also prone to cancers that can cause it problems. The body has an immunoglobulin called IIgA that must be present in sufficient quantities for the body to produce the required antibodies to fight any invasion by hostile organisms.
People who have a deficiency of IIgA will be prone to respiratory diseases and will frequently catch colds. The lack of a thymus gland can prevent immune systems from fighting infections, and this is often a birth defect.
People who have weak immune systems can have them boosted by getting boosters that are available in allopathic, herbal and homeopathic medicines. Many herbal medications can stimulate the immune system.
Food supplements can also be used while fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C are also known to help the immune system. Food rich in Vitamin E, iron and selenium is also known to benefit the immune system.
Medication can also at times destroy the immune system and cause immune system problems. People who undergo chemotherapy for cancer treatment also have their health immune system cells destroyed along with the cancer cells the treatment is meant to kill. People who receive transplants also need to guard against the body’s tendency to fight against the transplanted organ.
The immune system requires many parts of the body to function efficiently for it to avoid immune system problems. These are the lymphatic system, thymus gland, spleen, and liver. As per traditional Chinese medicine, the immune system is governed by the Lung energy system. This system controls the protective energy, or Wei Qi, which defends the body from pathogens that are invading it. An unyielding pathogen or a weakness in the energy can reduce the body’s ability to fight disease and illness. Acupuncture can help to boost the immune system, and also assist in treating the patient to deal with the pathogens that have taken hold of the body. This form of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine is slow and may not be effective in fighting infection or viruses. It can be of great help however in treating the symptoms that the diseases bring along with them. Acupuncture can, therefore, be of great help in fighting cough, sore throats, fatigue, congestion, and headaches.
Acupuncture is needle piercing that uses very fine needles to access specific points of the body, which can help the body to balance its energy and contribute to healing many illnesses. Practitioners of this treatment assess the condition of the patient by looking at body conditions, especially the pulse, the color of the skin and condition of the tongue.
The needles are then placed so that the blocked energy channels are revitalized and energy flows smoothly through all the body’s meridians and channels. Acupuncture makes the body healthy from the inside and strengthens the immune system so that your body becomes more resistant to all organisms, viruses, and bacteria. It is a treatment that must be looked at by people who are always falling ill.
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