Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years – in part to enhance the immune system. The traditional Chinese practice has become even more popular during the pandemic era.
“We’ve definitely seen an increase in people that are looking for their immune system to be balanced,” says Chasity Brown, owner of Essence Acupuncture & Wellness on Broadway, which recently reopened. “The increase has definitely been seen and noticed.”
Medical experts say serious complications from COVID-19 are more likely in people with weakened immune systems. Acupuncture advocates say it can help strengthen immune systems by increasing both red and white cell counts.
“It makes sense. Acupuncture has been linked with the immune system for years,” says Maria Mogas, a San Antonio native who lives in China and has had 15 acupuncture treatments in that country in recent years.
“I like the idea of having treatment from the outside of my body in to stimulate my immune system as opposed to just taking supplements and treating it from the inside out.”
Acupuncture has a variety of positive effects, according to cancer survivor Daphne Klebba. “It certainly doesn’t hurt in times like this,” she says. “In addition to immune building and help with that, it also helps manage the stress and anxiety going on.”
Klebba has been an Essence client for several years. “I wouldn’t still be doing it if it hadn’t been helpful,’ she says. “It’s an overall body-health kind of thing.”
Acupuncture involves thin needles inserted into specific spots on the body. The goal is to balance the flow of energy or life force throughout the body.
“Acupuncture has been around for over 4,000 years,” Brown says. “We’ve seen over time (it) has been very beneficial to boost immune function and to prevent illnesses.”
The process is painless, and relaxing. “Nothing’s going to hurt,” Klebba says. “The more you can do for your health, the better.”
Mogas, who is not an Essence client, agrees with Klebba.
“It’s not going to hurt. People might be apprehensive because maybe they are not familiar with acupuncture but it’s harmless and it works,” she says.
The only problem now might be getting an appointment as more people turn to acupuncture for health reasons.
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