How does the immune system work?
The immune system protects you from bacteria, microbes, virus, toxins, and parasites. When the immune system is working properly none of these things can get in to our bodies. We don’t notice that it is working until it doesn’t.
There are connections between the immune system and the central nervous system. The immune system responds to chemical messages and secretes chemicals messages. The immune system has nerve cells that connect the brain to the spleen and other organs producing immune cells.
The immune system produce white blood cells called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are produced in the bone marrow. One form of lymphocytes called T-cells also spends time in the thymus where they learn to distinguish self from nonself. They constantly travel through the body. A small number stand at alert in the spleen and lymph nodes. The organs of the immune system contain networks of nerve cells that allow the brain and central nervous system to influence immunity.
Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system to trigger the brain to release chemical messages that govern the immune system.
Crooked Pond (LI11)
Location: On the upper edge of the elbow crease.
Benefits: Relieves immune system weaknesses, fever, constipation, and elbow pain.
Joining the Valley (LI4)
Caution: This point is forbidden for pregnant women because its stimulation can cause premature contractions in the uterus.
Location: In the webbing between the thumb and index finger at the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index finger are brought close together.
Benefits: Relieves arthritis, constipation, headaches, toothaches, shoulder pain, and labor pain.
Outer Gate (SJ5)
Location: Two and one-half finger widths above the center of the wrist crease on the outside of the forearm midway between the two bones (ulna and radius).
Benefits: Relieves rheumatism, tendonitis, and wrist pain, and increases resistance to colds.
Three Mile Point (ST36)
Location: Four finger widths below the kneecap, one finger width to the outside of the shinbone. If you are on the correct spot, a muscle should flex as you move; your foot up and down.
Benefits: Strengthens the whole body, especially the immune system; tones the muscles and aids digestion as well as relieves fatigue.
Bigger Stream (KD3)
Caution: This point should not be stimulated strongly after the third month of pregnancy.
Location: Midway between the inside of the anklebone and the Achilles tendon in the back of the ankle.
Benefits: Strengthens the immune system; relieves fatigue, swollen feet, and ankle pain.
Bigger Rushing (LR3)
Location: On the top of the foot, in the valley between the big toe and the second toe.
Benefits: Boosts the immune system, relieves fainting, eye fatigue, headaches, and hangovers.