Each of us has been given a truly amazing gift – our immune system. Our bodies are equipped with a wonderful capacity to heal thanks to the fact that our immune systems are constantly at work keeping us healthy. By understanding the importance of your immune system, you will be able to make better choices when it comes to your health.
At its very simplest, the immune system is a complex interaction between many organs and specialised cells. There are two different types of immunity: we are born with what is aptly known as the “innate immunity”, which develops and matures throughout life. The body also has the capability to develop powerful specific resistance to certain invading agents, learning to identify and remember the specific foreign agents, and resulting in their rapid destruction. This is called “acquired immunity”.
Our immune systems are tirelessly tested by the onslaught of many different challenges and therefore need to be cared for properly. Common signs of impaired immune function include fatigue, listlessness, repeated infections, inflammation, allergic reactions, slow wound healing and overgrowth of normally present organisms resulting in oral or vaginal thrush.
This is where the homeopathic approach can be of great value. Homeopathy is a system of medicine that assists immune function by allowing the body to work optimally and therefore strengthening its resistance by decreasing its susceptibility to illness. With the understanding that certain lifestyle choices and life stresses deplete our immune reserve, homeopathy also seeks to address the root cause in order to maintain health.
The power of homeopathy lies in its focus on individualised and specific treatment. It is therefore best to seek the advice of a registered homeopathic practitioner in your area. Some healthy tips to assist your immune system include eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables rich in vitamins A, B & C and antioxidants, participating in moderate exercise regularly, getting sufficient good quality sleep, taking time out to do something you enjoy, breathing fresh air and enjoying the sunshine, and last but not least . . . don’t forget to laugh!
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Dr Geraldine Robson-Parsons graduated with a recognised degree from the University of Johannesburg. She is a registered homeopathic doctor with the Allied Health Professions Council & the Homeopathic Association of South Africa. She runs a homeopathic family practice in Knysna.