Using TCM to Boost Your Immune System

TCM stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is an ancient medical system that aims to promote overall health and well being. It focuses on the kind, body, and soul for a holistic approach to medical needs. It includes various treatments and lifestyle changes, and programs are always based on an individual. Every single person is different, and this is why TCM practitioners will fully examine you and your lifestyle before making any recommendations. TCM offers a totally personalized solution for your health problems.

How Immune System Works

TCM can be used to enhance and boost the immune system, using completely natural remedies and treatments. The immune system is the body’s way of recognizing harmful elements, such as germs and pathogens, and then subsequently trying to remove them so as to promote good health and wellbeing.


An immune system that is healthy and working correctly is able to tell the difference between harmful and benevolent influences so that the body can respond and react appropriately. The immune system can also remember previous bad agents and creates antibodies to prevent future attacks.  

Some people suffer from a weakened immune system, which means that they are more susceptible to illnesses, and take longer to get rid of them. A healthy immune system can also make the difference between the severity of an illness.

TCM Approach To Improve Immune System

Prevention is better than cure, and TCM aims to prevent illnesses and diseases from ever occurring in the first place. 

TCM can help the body to defend itself against diseases and it can therefore boost the immune system. Chi is a major part of the idea of TCM being used for immunity. Chi is a person’s life force, and the energy comes from food, drink, and the air. When this life force of Chi is weakened, the body is vulnerable to illnesses.

Various factors can affect immunity, including diet, stress, toxins, depression, and an imbalance of internal energies. 

TCM can be used to strengthen Chi.

Treatment and Measures Offered by TCM

TCM practitioners will examine a person’s diet and lifestyle, suggesting appropriate changes for health benefits. This may include cutting down on fatty and processed foods, reducing alcohol and caffeine intakes, stopping smoking, changing the diet, getting enough sleep, and getting more exercise. 

Foods that are good for boosting the immune system include fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, beans and pulses, small amounts of protein, and spices such as ginger, pepper, fennel, cumin, cinnamon, and cardamom.   Mushrooms are noted for their beneficial properties, when it comes to the immune system.

Supplements may be advised, especially those containing zinc and/or vitamin C

Various herbs may be used to help rid the body of toxins and build a better immune system. Beneficial herbs used in TCM include huang qi, ginseng, astralgus, and Chinese ren shen.


Acupuncture is another TCM treatment that is used to boost immunity. Fine needles are inserted just under the skin at various points of the body that correspond to organs and other internal parts. It is very effective at regulating the immune system. Various studies have seen health benefits, and some have reported an increase in white blood cells as well as in increase in their function and activity.

Acupressure works in a similar way to acupuncture, but without needles. Pressure is applied to vital parts of the body. Cupping may also be used, which is where a reverse pressure is created at certain points by the use of a small suction cup.

Massage can not only boost immunity but can also increase feelings of well being that in turn lead to a greater resistance to germs.


A TCM practitioner will use some or all of these treatments and techniques when looking at a deficient or under active immune system.

You can feel the health benefits when, for example, you are less susceptible to colds and the ‘flu, and illnesses come and go a lot quicker than before. TCM can be used to boost protection against both minor and major illnesses.