Immune System in Chinese Medicine
The immune system, is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs, and defends us against germs and microorganisms every day. In most cases, the immune system does a great job of keeping people healthy and preventing infections. But sometimes problems with the immune system can lead to illness and infection. Also life style choices can make a huge difference in how efficiently your immune system functions. In Chinese medicine we link the immune system to the wei qi also known as defensive qi, the lungs, spleen and kidneys. Together these organs and mechanisms work to keep our bodies free from intruding pathogens. In Chinese medicine, the defensive wei qi is located at the exterior surface of the body and provides the initial protection against foreign or pathogenic factors. When this wei qi is strong, pathogenic factors cannot penetrate the body. When it is weak, a wide variety of infections can occur. Therefore, prevention of infections relies on normal functioning of defensive wei qi. Chinese herbs can be very helpful in managing this situation, when looking for a more modern day formula to boost the defensive wei qi, and tonify the lungs kidney and spleen. Look for a formula containing at least one or more of the following herbs:
Best Chinese Herbs to Boost the Immune System
Bai Zhu – Strengthens the Spleen, and in turn the digestive system allowing vital nutrients to be more easily absorbed helping to boost the energy.
Fang Fang – Helps to fight off the invasion of wind, protecting the body against pathogins
Huang Qi – Tonifies the qi and raises the yang to boost energy levels. As well as strengthens the wei qi to protect the body against invasion.