8 Steps to Chinese Self-healing: Part 3

8 Steps to Chinese Self-healing: Part 3

Understanding the Immune System

Immune System Organs and Their Functions

From the U.S. National Library of Medicine – The World’s Largest Medical Library:
The immune system organs defense system for the human body is made up of entire organs and vessel systems like the lymph vessels, but also of individual cells and proteins. The inner and outer surfaces of the body are the first barriers against pathogens (germs). These surfaces include the skin and all mucous membranes, which form a kind of mechanical protective wall.

Several things support this protective wall:

  • The body’s own antibacterial substances can disable different pathogens from the environment at an early stage. A certain enzyme found in saliva, the airways and tear fluid destroys the cell walls of bacteria.
  • Many pathogens that are breathed in get stuck to mucus in the bronchi and are then moved out of the airways by hair-like structures called cilia.
  • Most pathogens that enter the body together with food are usually stopped by stomach acid.
  • Normal flora, harmless bacteria that reside on the skin and many mucous membranes in the body, also help to protect the body.
immune system organs
Lymphatic system

(Read More about how they function…)

What Keeps The Immune System Organs Healthy?

Irminne Van Dyken, MD has a good YouTube presentation on this which you should watch: Immunonutrition: The Interrelatedness of Diet, Nutrition, the Immune System, the Microbiome, Telomeres, and Longevity.

Dr. Van Dyken discusses immuno-nutrition and the factors involved, as well as the many ways in which dietary choices play a role in the health of the immune system organs. Learn about the microbiome and what we can do to ensure that we are maintaining a healthy gut microenvironment; telomeres, why they are important, and what they mean in regards to longevity and how we can influence this; as well as dietary “biohacks” that enhance the immune system.

Now that you are aware of the immune system organs, now you need to become acquainted with the nervous system that controls these organs.

The Nervous System

Part of the involuntary nervous system is what we need access to in order to start the healing process.

The involuntary nervous system is made up of three parts of which we are only interested in two of them of which you will learn more later:

  • The sympathetic nervous system
  • The parasympathetic nervous system

(Read More about the nervous system…)

One part of the autonomic nervous system helps the body “rest and digest” food and another part helps a person “fight or take flight” in an emergency. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems usually do opposite things in the body.

The sympathetic nervous system prepares your body for physical and mental activity…ready for emergencies. It makes your heart beat faster and stronger, opens your airways so you can breathe more easily, and inhibits digestion.

The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for bodily functions when we are at rest: it stimulates digestion, activates various metabolic processes and helps us to relax.

You have seen and understand the systems involved with healing, you are now ready to find out about the basic steps you must take to start your journey into a new way of life that will enable you to take control of your wellness and enjoy a greater quality of life.

To be continued in “8 Steps to Chinese Self-healing: Belief”.

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