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Feat. three simple, effective and soothing methods to strengthen immunity naturally.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), our immune systems are mainly centred in our thymus glands, adrenals, and spine. TCM teaches the importance of healthy blood circulation for reducing the inflammation caused by various stressors. 

The practices we’re sharing encourage blood flow, particularly around the thymus gland, adrenals, and spine. TCM sees these as the primary centres of the immune system. Here are three simple, comforting rituals you can do every day to lower stress and give your immune system a fighting chance every/any season: 

1. Pai Sha

Pai Sha, or bamboo tapping, involves tapping your skin (firmly or gently, depending on whether you need to feel invigorated or relaxed) with a bundle of bamboo sticks. 

To focus on your thymus gland, which produces infection-fighting T cells, tap against your breastbone.

2. Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a self-massage technique that stimulates the body’s soft tissue, or fascia, by gently scraping the skin with a special tool and massage oil. 

To get the maximum immune-boosting benefit, scrape your chest, neck, and upper back area with downward strokes.

3. Acupressure

Acupressure is a DIY alternative to acupuncture.

By pressing on pressure points with our thumbs, fingers, or massage tools, we can strengthen immunity. Although there are several points that impact immunity, why not try the “brook at the crook”, which is found at the lateral edge of the crease in your elbow?

Our body is an intelligent and autonomous machine, housing tremendous energy and self-healing capacity. This fundamental is rightly nudged and exploited by TCM to improve wellbeing and longevity. 

When you perform simple rituals consistently, you leverage the opportunity to get back in sync with your body. With time and mindful practice, you may be able to soothe your body and mind

Above all, you’d regain control of your wellbeing. For your health is (and must remain) in YOUR hands.

References

  1. The effect of Gua Sha treatment on the microcirculation of surface tissue: a pilot study in healthy subjects Explore (NY). Sep-Oct 2007;3(5):456-66.
  2. Acupuncture and Immunity Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015; 2015: 260620.