Topic: Immunity

On Chinese Medicine and Immunity

Chinese Medicine has a unique and impactful contribution when it comes to the immune system.

We can apply techniques in cases when it is both under-active, such as the immuno-comprimised + weak or overactive when allergies, auto-immune conditions and inflammation present. This is exciting. A great contribution to public health. If one chooses to engage with it. We have the triple threat of, not only enhancing or quietening but also balancing. This is sophisticated medicine.

Present always is an interplay of; the strength of our immunity/ vitality and the strength of a pathogen. We call this ‘Upright Qi’ /Zheng Qi vs Pathogenic Qi / Xie Qi. 

This is potentially different for each individual. To have healthy and strong ‘Upright’ / Zheng Qi may need support at the level of the :

Immunological – directly enhancing the protection + surveillance aspects of your white blood cells
Hormonal – addressing underlying imbalance to improve function
Neurological – down regulating stress response, addressing mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Benefiting one part, you’ll benefit the whole.
Your best defense is your vitality.
Lifestyle matters. Most of the time we know people live their way into their disease.
It’s rare that you will die of an infectious disease, even during times of global pandemic.
The overwhelming majority of the way people pass is due to preventable lifestyle diseases.

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It has been seen through  preliminary and promising research, that Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has significant effect on white blood cell behaviour and immune markers

In healthy people it has been shown to increase TNF gamma, IL 8 + IL 18
Elevated immune markers in the elderly to almost the level of a young adult
Significantly modulated the immune markers in anxious women

Acupuncture + Chinese herbal medicine has a focus on prevention, yet treatment can:

  • Up-regulate/ turn on / boost immunity in already healthy people.
  • Augmentation of the immune response  to prevent infection in states of immunodeficiency
  • Weaken the effect of a Pathogen. Reduce duration and strength of an pathogenic factor. 
  • Support convalescence, the recovery period

We do this through personalised medicine.

Acupuncture and /or herbal medicine prescription, the healing that brings is real and tangible.

Also, treatment at Cloud Gate Acupuncture we may utilise, cupping or moxibustion therapy, gua sha, massage techniques, counselling through conversation, guided meditation, visualisation, deep restorative relaxation, stress-management, dietary or lifestyle advice + resources to create lifestyle changes.

If you would like to discover how Cloud Gate Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can support your immunity , we’d love to see you in our Thornbury clinic, please book your appointment here.

How To Reduce Hay Fever Severity

Treat hay fever allergy symptoms naturally

Hay fever. Grrrr, it’s sooo annoying.


What Causes Hay Fever?

Allergic reactions occur when the body’s immune system misidentifies a normally harmless substance as a threat to the body. An inflammatory reaction takes place in an attempt to eject this substance from the system, resulting in a variety of symptoms.

Common allergens (substances that produce allergic reactions) are foods, pollen, animal dander, mould, insect venom, drugs and dust mites.  

There are other insidious factors that can set you up to be much more reactive as your immune system is already on alert and trigger happy.


Why I’m a Moxibustion Freak and I Think You Should Be Too

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Sometimes I feel so passionate about Moxa (Moxibustion) that I feel I could pop.

Why? Well:
1. I’m a major Chinese med geek
2. Because of the untapped potential of this amazing technique. It’s a true gem.

Moxibustion is:

  • cheap
  • easy to use for most people
  • portable.

Let’s put it into context.

What Is Moxibustion?

To start, what is it?

Moxibustion is the burning/smouldering of the herb known as Mugwort (botanically known as artemisa agyii, princeps or montanta) that has been dried, processed and aged so that it is a punk (soft downy fluff made from the hairs and oil of the leaves) or rolled into cigar-like sticks (this uses more fibrous parts of the plant).

Moxa is burnt on or near acu-points in the body.