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Healthy Immune System - The Chinese Way

The human immune system, equipped with antibodies, is a complicated built-in mechanism that is capable of self-protection and self-recuperation from any disease or disorder. However, this miraculous built-in system may become compromised and even dysfunctional such that its immune defenses may mistakenly attack the body’s own healthy cells. This malfunctioning of the immune system is known as autoimmunity

Unfortunately, autoimmunity is present in everyone to some extent, especially if that individual has a weakened immune system. Therefore, it is important to protect the immune system from autoimmunity, which can affect almost any organ or body system, leading to more than 100 types of chronic conditions and diseases, including multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, and myasthenia gravis, among many others. These disorders can be triggered by many environmental, physical, as well as emotional factors, such that it can cause a broad spectrum of human illnesses, known as autoimmune diseases.

How do the Chinese boost their immune system?

Boost immune system the Chinese way. For thousands of years, the Chinese have followed the concept of balance in health and wellness, in particular, the immune system.

The balance in Chinese diet

The Chinese "yin" and "yang" diet is the healthy diet of balance and harmony to boost immune system.

This unique concept of food originates  from the Five Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), which are not only fundamental to the cycles of Nature but also corresponding to the human body. According to the Five Elements, the body organs are a network of functions and interrelationships, manifested in the balance and harmony of "yin" and "yang." (For more information, visit my web page: Chinese Health.)

Essentially, the Chinese "yin" and "yang" diet is based on the principles of control and restrain to attain a healthy immune system.

The three basic food types

According to the Chinese, all foods come into three types: cold ("yin"), hot ("yang"), neutral.

The main functions of "yin" foods include: 
  • cooling the body
  • loosening muscles
  • reducing body tension
  • slowing down body movement
  • inducing sleep
  • loosening bowels
Examples of "yin" foods include: apples, apricots, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, watermelons (moderate "yin" fruits); burdock, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, onion, parsley, pea, scallion (moderate "yin" vegetables); most tropical fruits, nuts, dairy products, stimulants (alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, spices), chemicals and drugs (extreme "yin" foods)

The main functions of "yang" foods include:
  • warming the body
  • tightening muscles
  • causing body tension
  • increasing body movement
  • promoting wakefulness
  • hardening bowels
Examples of "yang" foods include: most whole grains, including pasta and rice (moderate "yang" foods); shellfish and fish (moderate "yang" foods); eggs, meat, poultry, salt (extreme "yang" foods)

For a healthy immune system, if the symptoms describe a warm or hot condition, a healthy diet should emphasize cooling, cold, and neutral foods with fewer warm and hot foods in order to achieve balance and harmony to boost immune system.

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The balance in Chinese exercise

Exercise is beneficial to the immune system:
  • Physical exercise can flush out bacteria and viruses from the lungs, and even carcinogens (causing cancer) by increasing the output of wastes in the form of sweat and urine.
  • Physical exercise not only enhances the circulation of antibodies and white blood cells (the body's defense cells) through the body, but also accelerates the release of hormones that “warn” immune cells of intruding bacteria or viruses.
  • Physical exercise temporarily raises the body temperature to prevent bacterial growth, and thus enabling the body to fight the infection more effectively.
  • Physical exercise slows down the release of stress-related hormones. Stress is the underlying cause of many diseases.
However, according to research studies of laboratory mice by Nicolette Bishop, an associate professor of sport and exercise sciences at Loughborough University, intense exercise may also temporarily depress the immune system, such that it not only increases susceptibility to catching an illness, but also aggravates symptoms and severity of an illness.

The Chinese have a different approach to physical exercise: qi gong and tai chi focus on gentle movements to open up arteries and smooth out blockage of internal life energy.

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The balance in Chinese herbs

Natural Chinese herbs, not their pharmaceutical counterparts in Western medicine, create balance in the body system to enhance and protect the immune system.

Some of the common herbs to boost immune system include:

(1) Echinacea

Echinacea is the king of all immune system herbs because its roots, seeds, and leaves increase the production of interferon, T-cells, and killer cells in the immune system, which are  responsible for killing foreign invaders as well as protecting non-infected cells from viruses.

Echinacea is safe even for children. It is most efficacious if it is used in small doses several times a day and taken continuously for two weeks, and then off one week.

(2) Ginseng

Ginseng, with its branched roots in the shape resembling that of the human form, is called “man root” in Chinese. The word “ginseng” literally means crystallization of the essence of the earth (“shen”) in the form of a man (“jen”). Ginseng is  the king of herbs due to its holistic-healing potency; that is, it treats the whole body, not just a part of it. Ginseng is noted for its adjusting, preventive, and restorative potency, in particular as a potent immune stimulant. Ginseng is a versatile herb to boost immune system.

(3) Licorice

Licorice has interferon, which protects non-infected cells from viruses. This herb is potent againstcandida, and herpes, and other types of bacteria.

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For more information on how to boost immune system, read my book: My Myasthenia Gravis—A Holistic Approach to Autoimmune Diseases

This 123-page e-book is an account of my struggle with myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease, with suggestions on how you may protect your immune system, or even cure your myasthenia gravis or any autoimmune disease that you may have.

For many years, I had been on steroid medications until I became disillusioned about the efficacy of Western medicine in combating autoimmune diseases. (Visit my website: Doctor, You're Fired!)

Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry contains well-researched and proven-effective alternatives to expensive medications and surgical procedures, as well as information on how to distinguish between truths and myths, such as some commonly held “beliefs” and even maladies which are nothing more than the inventions of marketing experts to help promote and sell more products. Elaine Hollingsworth, the author, formerly Hollywood film star (under the name Sara Shane in the 50s and 60s), has turned a formidable crusader against the deceit and manipulation of the pharmaceutical industry. In her bestseller, Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry, she not only exposes some the dangerous drugs on the market, but also provides many natural alternative treatments of different diseases.

Elaine Hollingsworth's book was inspiring to me. 

"The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient's hopes are the physician's secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription." (Norman Cousins)

My rude awakening came when I also recalled that in ancient classics in Chinese medicine the focus had always been on the "relationship" between the patient and nature, rather than on the healing methods. It suddenly dawned on me that healing is NOT about “waiting to be healed”—healing is about the desire to heal from within, and not from an external source.

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Stephen Lau
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