A weakened immune system can invite a host of ailments. How reflexology strengthens the immune system is the subject of this article.

When you are stressed, you leave yourself open to a myriad of conditions such as colds, the flu, and other illnesses. Utilizing reflexology can strengthen your immune system and act as a preventative mechanism against such illnesses. How does this work?

There are reflex points on both the hands and feet which directly affect those areas of the body’s organs, glands and other parts that are prone to illness. For example, certain points on the feet can boost the immune system, increase blood circulation, increase the energy or Qi that flows throughout your body, and decrease weakness in the immune system – as well as alleviate anxiety and stress.

Moreover, the use of reflexology can rid the body of the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis. Toxins can attack the body’s immune system and can cause such ailments as arthritis, kidney and lung conditions, for example. By applying pressure to certain reflex points on and hands and feet, you can literally help to remove these toxins from your system.

The hands and feet can also play a role in curing colds and the flu. In fact, the reflex points can help to relieve congestion, reduce symptoms associated with the cold or flu such as fever, and remove toxins from the liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, skin, and lymphatic system. Moreover, the adrenal glands can also be targeted against producing an abundance of cortisol, which has been known to suppress the immune system, thus minimizing stress levels in the body.

For example, the reflex points under the foot are said to directly relate to the lungs, liver, kidneys, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, and intestines. By stimulating each of these reflex points, you can increase immune system function, while at the same time reduce the toxins affecting these areas.

As we all know, the immune system plays a vital role in how we feel on a daily basis. In addition, stress is a major cause of illness as it can weaken the immune system to such a degree that it causes a variety of ailments. While it is difficult to control the environment in which we live, we are nonetheless exposed to stress at times. We can help to reduce stress levels by doing deep breathing exercises and engaging in exercise on a routine basis.

Reflexology, when administered by a qualified professional, strengthens the immune system by reinforcing the Qi or energy force. It brings a balance within which will help to maintain our health and wellbeing.