Boost Immune System by Acupuncture

Although they are invisible to the naked eye, we are exposed to millions upon millions of germs. Bacteria, viruses , fungi and protozoa are found on nearly every surface,  including doorknobs, furniture, office supplies, phones, remote controls, and even the food we eat. Thankfully, most of these germs are harmless and pose no direct threat to our health, but there are others which aim to cause infection and illness. You can safeguard yourself against these foreign invaders, however, by utilising the Lu 7 and St 36 acupuncture points.

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Location of Lu-7 to treat bodily infections while subsequently boost immune system

Lu 7 to Boost Immune System

The Lu 7 (also known as the Lieque 7 or Lung 7) is an acupuncture point that’s commonly used to treat bodily infections while subsequently boosting the immune system. To locate it, form a “thumbs up” gesture with your hand and look for the small crease in your skin at the base of your thumb. The Lu 7 acupuncture point is found roughly 2 finger-lengths up the wrist from this crease. It’s most easily identified by feeling around this area of your wrist for a subtle depression at the bottom of two tendons.

Lu 7 is known to offer relief of the following symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Chest congestion
  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps

ST 36 to Boost Immune System


The St 36 (also known as Zusanli, Leg Three Mile or Stomach 36) is another powerful immune-boosting acupuncture point.

The St 36 (also known as Zusanli, Leg Three Mile or Stomach 36) is another powerful immune-boosting acupuncture point. Don’t let its name fool you into thinking it’s located on the stomach, though. St 36 is actually located on the underside of the leg, directly behind and below the patella.

St 36 receives its namesake for the symptoms it’s used to treat. While Lu 7 focuses on cold and fever-like symptoms, St 36 is used more digestive problems.

Lu 7 is known to offer relief of the following symptoms:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Acid re flux
  • Heartburn
  • Gas
  • Low energy

How Lu 7 and St 36 Can Improve Immune System Function

The human body’s built-in mechanism for defending against germs and foreign invaders is the immune system. This complex system is comprised of a variety of different white blood cells, such as neutrophilis, eosinopholis, monocytes and basophils, that actively seek out and neutralize harmful germs. Acupuncture treatments using the Lu 7 and St 36 stimulate the immune system so it produces more of these “fighters,” which in turn keeps us healthy while protecting against disease and illness.

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About Geoffrey He

Dr. Geoffrey He graduated in 1998 with Bachelor of Medicine majored acupuncture (Chinese medicine). He then worked as resident in Heilongjiang Province Hospital of China for five years. At the same time he furthered his education and acquired Bachelor of Medicine majored in Clinical Medicine (western medicine).He started his private practice in 2003 in Sydney and then moved to Adelaide in 2006 to pursue his special interest in pain management and fertility studies in combined Chinese medicine and traditional medicine.He has been practiced acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over twenty years treating general conditions with extensive experience in gynaecological disorders and infertility, stress related conditions and facial acupuncture, he is highly experienced in clinical medicine for pain management (Neurological Medicine), gynaecological disorders, fertility assistance (IVF) and cosmetic acupuncture. He is special interest in the area of Post Injury Management and General Practice in Chinese Medicine.Focusing on an intuitive level to suit each individual, Geoffrey's approach is rooted in the strong link between physical, mental and emotional health and the underlying cause of disharmony. Treatment is supported by additional lifestyle advice with an emphasis on empowering patients to achieve a healthy balance in their lives."I was trained in Western Conventional Medicine and Chinese Medicine with over 15 years clinical practicing experience including ten years in Australia, I combine the techniques of Modern Medicine and the art of healing from Chinese Medicine to help people get their natural and healthy life." - Dr Geoffrey x He