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Strengthening Immunity with Acupuncture

While most people tend to think about acupuncture and herbs when they're feeling the symptoms of seasonal illnesses like colds and flu, these modalities can really shine when you work with them in wellness to stay well. Nourishing your immune system can help keep you protected when things go around at work, home, or school- and now is a great time to consider supporting your overall defenses.


WEI Qi - Defensive immunity in Chinese Medicine
WEI Qi - Your body's own 'suit of armor' for defending against cold and flu.

Wei Qi (way-chee), often referred to as Defensive Qi or Protective Qi, is a fundamental concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is considered the body's first line of defense against external pathogens like cold and flu- but also disharmonizing energies like coldness, wind, dampness, and excessive heat. Wei Qi circulates throughout and around the body, forming a protective barrier against invading energetic pathogens - like your own 'suite of armor.'

According to TCM theory, a robust and balanced Wei Qi is crucial for maintaining good health and preventing illness. When Wei Qi is strong, the body is better equipped to resist external pathogens, leading to overall vitality and well-being. However, if Wei Qi becomes deficient or imbalanced, it can result in susceptibility to illness, frequent infections, and a weakened immune system. One of the easiest ways to weaken the Wei Qi is with chronic stress. Lack of rest and missing nourishing foods can also affect this crucial function.

Here at Flow Acupuncture in Salt Lake City, Utah, we like to focus on strengthening and harmonizing Wei Qi through various modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and lifestyle recommendations. By supporting the body's defensive energy, TCM aims to enhance resilience, promote health, and restore balance to the individual's overall well-being.

Learn about a few ways we consider nourishing and strengthening the immune system here in the clinic with these short videos from Aidan Paulk and Vanessa Mock...

Other ways to boost your immunity and 'wei qi' include using herbs, plants, and foods!

Our resident herbalist, Josh Williams describes how he views immunity below

Josh's immunity tea recipe:

Immune Nourishing herbal tea recipe

Other ways to boost your immunity include cooking foods that are nutrient-dense, getting adequate sleep, and resting your body when stressed or overworked.


To a clean, warm bath, add: * 1 cup Epsom Salts * 1 Tbsp. Baking Soda * 20 drops Relaxing Essential Oil Blend or a combination of favorites like Lavender, Neroli, Chamomile, Rose Otto, Eucalyptus, Sage, and Mint

Ease into the tub and enjoy. You can also spend time scanning your body from head to toe, intentionally releasing any areas of tension with your exhalation. When the bath is done, let the water spiral down the drain carrying away your stress.

Feeling like your Wei Qi could use a little extra TLC? Use the link below to schedule with us online or reach out anytime with questions.

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