Nine Simple Taoist Ways to Boost the Immune System



With flu season not quite gone and allergy season fast approaching, our immune system needs to be in top shape to keep us well. Mantak Chia, a Taoist qigong master and founder of Universal Healing Tao, suggests nine simple ways to boost the immune system naturally.

Laugh: Laughter shakes the body and bones, stimulating the production of stem cells and red blood cells; enhances oxygen intake; stimulates the heart and lungs; and releases endorphins that ease pain.

Smile: Chia created the Inner Smile meditation to detoxify and energize the internal organs necessary to digest food, clean the blood and eliminate waste.

Eat Real Food: For 30 days, eat unprocessed, organic vegetables, fruits, meats and herbs, natural oils and modest amounts of freshly prepared grain.

Move: Mindful physical movement squeezes toxins from tissues, flushes bacteria from the lungs and relieves stress that compromises immunity.

Practice 5 Bone Marrow Chi Kung (Qigong): Deepen your laughter therapy by focusing your laughter on the sacrum and femur. “When we activate the bone marrow in the sacrum and femur bones, we stimulate the production of the stem cells and healthy red blood,” Chia says.

Breathe: Deep diaphragmatic breathing supports the immune system by strengthening T-cell formation and improving lymphocyte production.

 Jump, Vibrate, Tap: Whole-body vibrating (via jump rope or trampoline), local tapping and gentle hitting with your hands will enhance blood circulation and lymph flow.

Try Abdominal Massage: Some 70 percent of the immune system resides in the gut. Try self-massage or visit a certified Chi Nei Tsang practitioner, that can help move immune-boosting cells from the gut to the rest of the body.

Drink Clean, Filtered Water: Drinking clean water helps blood carry oxygen to the cells. Without oxygen, we cannot have a strong immune system.

Tao master Mantak Chia will lead a teacher training in Universal Healing Tao (UHT), June 9-25 at Eastover Estate and Retreat, located in Lenox, MA, minutes from Tanglewood Music Center and Kriplau Yoga Center. See the full line of spring programs at Eastover.com.

Sarina Stone is a certified medical chi kung educator.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

3 Tips for a Successful Spring Detox

Spring is a beautiful, bursting time of year to press the reset button and detox not only the physical body, but all areas of life ranging from health, home environment, relationships, finances and even career.

Tooth Truth

Individuals with good oral conditions are more likely to enjoy better health and wellness throughout the entire body.

Testing for Food Sensitivities

One of the biggest challenges with food sensitivities is figuring out which foods are causing harm. One way to narrow down possible offenders is through Muscle Response Testing.

Understanding Bioidentical Hormones and Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments

When determining whether PRP or bioidentical hormones are a fit, understand that it really isn’t an either/ or choice.

Realizing Goals

The most important thing that contributes to success in achieving goals is attitude, knowledge and experience.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »This Month

Workshop on Finding Success Through Self-Discovery

For the first time on the East Coast, Damanhur University and guest teacher and healer Tridacna Belladona will present Inner Personalities – A Journey for Self Discovery, Healing and Enlightenment Level I Workshop on April 29 and 30.

Three Programs Offered at Ananda North East Kriya Retreat

Ananda Centers, Rhode Island, Boston and Maine/ New Hampshire, are co-sponsoring a residential Kriya Retreat from May 5 to 7, at the beautiful Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, in North Andover, Massachusetts.

The Hempest Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

The Hempest, Boston’s first cannabis- based store, has re-opened at its new location at 301 Newbury Street.

Nine Simple Taoist Ways to Boost the Immune System

With flu season not quite gone and allergy season fast approaching, our immune system needs to be in top shape to keep us well.

New Natural Awakenings App

The Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features.

Innovative Coaching Program Leads to Life Transformation

Becoming A Conscious Creator is a program that combines the teachings of sacred wisdom with the powerful transformative tools of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy to bring about amazing change in people’s lives.