Boost Immune System to Fight Covid 19

coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses aren’t dangerous except a few such as SAS, H1N1 and the one we hear everyday Covid 19.  Since the first case of Covid 19 virus surfaced in Wuhan China, in Nov. 2019, this highly contagious disease swept the world in a rapid speed like Tsunami. It has killed more than 60,000 people and sickening thousands of thousands of people in a matter of weeks and months.

All countries and government are trying hard to stop spreading of this virus.  It’s not just flue as what Donald Trump said. The virus is more vicious than all the leaders expected.  Hospitals in New York and Italy are packed. Nurses and doctors short of PPE and patients waiting for ventilators.  We need to get ready. Beside implementing social distancing, washing hand frequently. What else can we do? Have you ever thought of boosting your immune system?  As many as 25% of people infected with the new coronavirus remain asymptomatic, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told NPR.  Five tips can help us to boost our immune system.

 First and foremost, you need proper diet.  Proper diet provides you abundant nutrition, vitamins and antioxidant. Vitamin C is one type of antioxidant.  Vitamin C is contained in citric foods such as orange, grape and black berry. Vitamin C can help you reduce the duration of cold. Spinach, blueberry contains antioxidant Flavonoids.  A 2016 study noted that flavonoids play an essential role in the respiratory tract’s immune defense system. Garlic contains allicin can help to reduce the risk of getting cold.

Second, performing moderate exercises to stimulate the immune system by improving blood circulation, which enhances the circulation of various immune system substances in the body.

Third, you need enough sleep and rest. A study led by University of Tübingen in Germany reviewed good night’s sleep can boost the effectiveness of certain specialized immune cells called T cells. A T cell is a type of lymphocyte, which develops in the thymus gland (hence the name) and plays a central role in the immune response. T cells can be distinguished from other lymphocytes by the presence of a T-cell receptor on the cell surface.

Fourth, some natural herbs can help to boost your immune system. The use of Chinese Medicine to prevent epidemics of infectious diseases can be traced back to ancient China. Many practices were cited in Huangdi’s Internal Classic (Huang Di Nei Jing). The most frequently used herbs for disease prevention included Radix astragali (Huangqi), Radix glycyrrhizae (Gancao), Radix saposhnikoviae (Fangfeng), Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae (Baizhu), Lonicerae Japonicae Flos (Jinyinhua), and Fructus forsythia (Lianqiao). These all readily available in Chinese stores.

The last but not the least, acupuncture works by stimulating the nerves, blood, lymph, muscles, and tissue of the body to correct imbalances and retrain the body to function optimally.  The whole human body has 12 meridians. And acupoints are the spots where qi and blood from the viscera and meridians in and out of the body surface. Corona virus is attacking what part of our body?  Some of the key acupuncture points (or “acupoints”) which increase the body’s immune system also increase important processes such as digestion, mental processes, circulation, breathing.

Stomach 36, Leg Three Miles

One hand-breadth below the bottom of the kneecap, one thumb width lateral to the shin

Spleen 6, Three Yin Intersection

One hand-width above the inner ankle bone, behind the shin

Those are some of the highly recommended tips, moderate exercises, enough nutrition and sleep, herbs and acupressure. you could do to help you boost your immune system, to help you fight through this pandemic