Acupuncture — the secret to boosting your immune system this winter


With the temperatures reaching -3 here in Bromley, it’s fair to say that the winter weather is well and truly on the way.

But while the winter season might not officially start until Wednesday 21st December, you can still focus on giving your immune system a boost before then.

“With the drop in natural vitamin D levels, cold weather and stress mounting up at this time of year, winter can weaken our immune system,” acupuncturist and osteopathist Denise Callaghan said. “But there are some ways in which you can combat this. Along with leading a healthy lifestyle and eating a good and balanced diet, full of vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E-rich foods — the ancient-old practice of acupuncture can help to fend off the dreaded winter coughs, colds and viruses.”

So, step away from the green juices, put down the supplements and discover just how this practice could help to boost your immune system this winter and beyond.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a Chinese practice of inserting acupuncture needles to restore mental and physical wellness – it’s been used for more than 3000 years.

For years, the practice of acupuncture has been used to treat chronic pain like back pain, fibromyalgia and headaches. But it can also work help to defend against immunity related disorders too, like common colds, allergies, asthma, and chronic fatigue.

How does acupuncture boost your immune system?

This alternative medicine works by stimulating certain pressure points within the body. The stimulation of these pressure points releases endorphins and allows the free flow of energy continue.

And, according to science, acupuncture can strengthen the human body to resist diseases by puncturing needles at certain points to regulate immune function, treat the cause of the disease, and speed up the healing of infection.

In an article published in the Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal, researchers concluded: “As inflammation is the coherent pathophysiologic progress in many kinds of diseases, immune system and response of the human body, the anti-inflammation effect of acupuncture may be a very important underlying mechanism of acupuncture in treating diseases.”

Denise says: “The research on this theory also highlights that prevention is much better than cure. Which is why it could be better to intervene in the early stage of infection — if not before — rather than treating it after the onset.”

Booking in for treatment

Denise has been working in the field of osteopathy for more than 20 years, using a range of different osteopathic techniques including the practice of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. She studied at the British College of Acupuncture before travelling to China to perfect her technique.

It’s been proven that acupuncture is an “effective treatment option” for patients who suffer from viral infections. And a common cold is no different.

“Which is why, if you suffer with a low immune system and you have tried other treatments that haven’t worked, I would suggest trying acupuncture,” Denise adds.

Interested to find out more? Don’t hesitate to get in touch. Or to find out more about Denise’s Osteopathy services here.


If you would like to book an appointment with Denise please call