Can Acupuncture boost your Immunity?

Acupuncture improves immunity is now a known fact among millions of user of this powerful therapy.

A healthy body with Good Immunity is better equipped to fight viral diseases. Acupuncture helps in immunity modulation.

Review QJM – 2014 May;107(5):341-5. doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hct196. Epub 2013 Oct 8.

Acupuncture Modulates the Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Network

S S Ding 1S H HongC WangY GuoZ K WangY Xu

Repeated researches have positive indications about acupuncture being effective in immuno modulation

——— Dr. Arindam Sinha

eWe shall discuss the secondary indications in the guidelines prescribed for Acupuncture Experts by China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion issued Acupuncture Treatment Guidelines for COVID-19 in its second edition .

 For fever, the following acupoints are added:

  • GV14 (Dazhui)
  • CV22 (Tiantu)
  • LU6 (Kongzui)

For nausea, loose stools, enlarged tongue with greasy coating, and soft (soggy) pulse, the following acupoints are added:

  • GV14 (Zhongwan)
  • ST25 (Tianshu)
  • ST40 (Fenglong)

For fatigue and poor appetite, the following acupoints are added:

  • CV12 (Zhongwan)
  • CV9 (Shuifen), CV7 (Yinjiao), KI16 (Qizhousixue)
  • BL20 (Pishu)

For clear nasal discharge, sore and painful back, pale tongue with white coating, and moderate pulse, the following acupoints are added:

  • BL10 (Tianzhu)
  • BL12 (Fengmen)
  • GV14 (Dazhui)

In the treatment stage, acupuncture is applied to interrupt disease progress based on the Pei Tu Sheng Jin (bank up earth to engender metal) principle and to relieve low mood. The primary acupoints selected for this stage are categorized into 3 groups. For mild to moderate cases, 2–3 acupoints are selected from groups 1 and 2 during each acupuncture session. For severe cases, additional 2–3 acupoints are recommended from group 3.

  • Group 1: LI4 (Hegu), LR3 (Taichong), CV22 (Tiantu), LU5 (Chize), LU6 (Kongzui), ST36 (Zusanli), SP6 (Sanyinjiao)
  • Group 2: BL11 (Dashu), BL12 (Fengmen), BL13 (Feishu), BL15 (Xinshu), BL17 (Geshu)
  • Group 3: LU1 (Zhongfu), CV17 (Danzhong), CV6 (Qihai), CV4 (Guanyuan), CV12 (Zhongwan)

A secondary set is added dependent upon individual symptoms. For persistent fever, the following acupoints are added:

  • GV14 (Dazhui)
  • LI11 (Quchi)
  • EX-UE11 (Shixuan)
  • EX-HN6 (Erjian)

For chest tightness and shortness of breath, the following acupoints are added:

  • PC6 (Neiguan)
  • LU7 (Lieque)
  • CV14 (Juque)
  • LR14 (Qimen)
  • KI6 (Zhaohai)

For coughing with sputum, the following acupoints are added:

  • LU7 (Lieque)
  • ST40 (Fenglong)
  • EX-B1 (Dingchuan)

For diarrhea with loose stools, the following acupoints are added:

  • ST25 (Tianshu)
  • ST37 (Shangjuxu)

For cough with yellow and sticky sputum and constipation, the following acupoints are added:

  • CV22 (Tiantu)
  • TB6 (Zhigou)
  • ST25 (Tianshu)
  • ST40 (Fenglong)

For low grade fever, nausea, loose stools, and a pale-red tongue with a white-greasy coating, the following acupoints are added:

  • BL13 (Feishu)
  • ST25 (Tianshu)
  • SP14 (Fujie)
  • PC6 (Neiguan)

In the recovery stage, acupuncture is applied to eliminate pathogens from the body and to recover lung and spleen functions. The following primary acupoints are recommended:

  • P6 (Neiguan)
  • ST36 (Zusanli)
  • GV14 (Zhongwan)
  • ST25 (Tianshu)
  • CV6 (Qihai)

St 36 is one of most preffered , researched and discussed points regarding immuno modulation in humans and experimental animals.

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