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Energy medicine for a wacky immune system

“Unless massive changes are made in the way we relate to the environment—whose pollutants overwhelm the immune system until it begins to treat almost everything as the enemy—autoimmune disease is on the docket as the illness of the future.” -Donna Eden

This is the second article in a three-part series on Energy Medicine – methods for working with the invisible energies within your body to bring about vibrant health.  You will probably want to read part one, Vibrant Health through Energy Medicine, to understand what Energy Medicine is and how it might be able to help you.

Can Energy Medicine help immune-related conditions?

Can Energy Medicine help when the immune system goes ballistic – in allergies, autoimmune conditions, or chemical sensitivity, for example?  Yes!  Can it be of assistance when the immune system goes into retreat – in immune deficiency syndromes?  Yes!

I am writing this article because I am concerned by the dramatic increase in allergies, asthma, and chronic illness in young children, and the explosion of autoimmune disorders in young adults.  The incidence of autoimmune disease is now 1:31.

More than anything, I want to communicate:  there is hope, there is help.  You can find your way to better health as impossible as it may sometimes seem.

Gradually, we are connecting the dots and learning that environmental pollutants play a pivotal role in the onset and/or exacerbation of many cases of immune-related conditions.  As remarkable as it is, the immune system is not sufficiently evolved to keep apace with the enormous amount of toxic chemicals, pollutants, and electromagnetic pollution that has flooded the world in the last fifty years.

Add the phenomenal increase in stress levels to the equation and you almost have an epidemic of chronic illness.

Modern medicine is limited in its ability to treat immune-related illnesses. Often, the medications employed are ineffectual or trigger more problems than they solve.  What can be done?

Enter Energy Medicine.  You can use the conscious mind to support and reprogram the immune system by tracing meridians, holding acupuncture points, and opening energy blocks. You can use the mind itself to direct the energy in your body.  And, you can do this on your own at very little cost.

It’s no secret that the immune system can be re-programmed.  This has been proven through medical research time and again.  The techniques offered by Energy Medicine can help you re-program your immune system to operate efficiently but with discrimination.

An Energy Medicine view of the immune system

Fasten your seat belt for a quick tour of the immune system as presented by Energy medicine pioneer, Donna Eden, in her book Energy Medicine, Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality.

According to Donna’s approach – which is just one approach to Energy Medicine – the immune system is ruled by two energy systems, which in Chinese medicine are named:

  • the triple warmer
  • the radiant circuits (the strange flows)

These two systems use vastly different approaches to bring about health in the body. The triple warmer mobilizes the body for war to counter foreign invaders.  It can be seen as the equivalent to the fight-or-flight response in Western medicine.  The radiant circuits, on the other hand, organize all the systems of your body through harmony and cooperation.

In this approach, auto-immune and immune-deficiency disorders are seen as internalized forms of the fight-or-flight syndrome.  In auto-immune disorders – the fight response – the triple warmer attacks one’s own body.  In immune-deficiency, it goes into retreat.

Allergies, autoimmune conditions, chemical sensitivity:  the fight response

The triple warmer then is the system that activates the fight response to foreign invaders. Donna’s sense of the triple warmer varies somewhat from the traditional description in Chinese medicine.  My own acupuncturist says even after acupuncture school the triple warmer and radiant circuits still remain somewhat of a mystery.

Donna considers the triple warmer to be much more powerful than has been traditionally reported in the literature.  Her ability to see the full potential of the triple warmer may be a special gift for this time given the extraordinary environmental factors we face.

Here are three key points about the triple warmer meridian:

  • it works in conjunction with the hypothalamus gland in the brain, the instigator of the flight-or-fight response.
  • it networks information to all the meridians and the organs they serve – the whole body.
  • It drafts energy from any other parts of the body to support its mission, so much so that important systems can become incapacitated.

In short, the effects of an overactive triple warmer are systemic and profound.  Because of its connection with the hypothalamus, an overactive triple warmer can keep your body in a state of perpetual alarm.  It’s connected with all the other meridians and organs and thus can impact any system in your body.  In addition, it drains energy from other body systems to support the war effort, causing knock-on effects.

Is it any wonder that people with auto-immune conditions often acquire another or are plagued by co-occurring illnesses?

A key part of working with an overactive immune response is to sedate the Triple Warmer by tracing the meridian and related exercises. In her book, Donna reviews two patient cases – one patient with multiple sclerosis and the other with hay fever – to illustrate how Energy Medicine can help calm an overactive immune system and improve your health and well-being.

Several self-help energy techniques are explained to help you convert your immune system into a helpful, but not hyper-reactive friend. These include the Homolateral Crossover, Sedating Triple Warmer, the Triple Warmer Smoothie, Reprogramming Triple Warmer to Stop Attacking Friendly Forces (allergens), and Easing Emotional Overload.  A simple version of Alternate Nostril Breathing is  described to counter allergy headaches.

These self-help techniques can be used on your own and some can be performed by a partner.  Or you can receive treatments from a practitioner of Energy Medicine.

To begin reprogramming your immune system to stop attacking your body, Donna recommends adjusting your attitude as the first step:

  • practice letting go of of self-judgment;
  • cultivate compassion for yourself;
  • enter into a positive partnership with the body, instead of expressing anger or frustration towards it.

Immune system problems can rarely be corrected quickly.  It takes repeated retraining to subdue an overactive immune response, but it is possible.

Bear in mind that while you are trying to subdue your immune system, it is responding to a real threat – an increasingly toxic environment – not an imagined one.  Therefore, even if you do not have overt chemical sensitivity, it is equally important to reduce your exposures to toxic chemicals, which are abundantly found in everyday household products, personal care products, and cosmetics.  Exposure to toxic chemicals adds an extra burden to your immune system.  Understanding your stress patterns and reducing stress will also help to calm the flight-or-fight response.

Immune-deficiency disorders – the flight response

On the other end of the spectrum, the body goes into retreat in the case of immune-deficiency disorders. Six exercises are recommended to strengthen the triple warmer in this case.  These involve a 5-minute Daily Energy Routine, stretching, holding specific neuromuscular points and neurolymphatic points, balancing your chakras, and mobilizing the radiant circuits.

That might seem like an overwhelming amount to do in the case of immune-deficiency, but you can start with just one simple technique, with whatever you can manage, get help from a friend, or receive treatments from an Energy Medicine practitioner.

Hope and help

The very nature of hypersensitivities, autoimmune conditions, chemical sensitivity, and immune-deficiency conditions can make them seem impossible to conquer.  If anything, I hope this article encourages you and provides some new ideas.

I can’t guarantee that this approach will work for everyone, but I know it will work for some.  For example, my friend Libby had severe multiple chemical sensitivity and has been steadily improving using techniques from Donna Eden’s book along with other mind-body approaches.

As a postscript, let me add that I don’t find the theories presented in Energy Medicine in conflict with Martin Pall, Ph.D.’s Unified Theory of chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Gulf War syndrome or Ashok Gupta’s Amygdala Retraining for the same disorders.  I’ve seen all three approaches work for different people.  We are all different and need to find the approach that works for us. The proof is in the pudding, not the theory!

Part Three of this series on Energy Medicine, will discuss how to activate your “inner mom” to create more harmony and cooperation among your body energies.

Please be aware that I am not a medical practitioner nor offering medical advice.  I am only sharing research and information on approaches that have worked for me.  Also, I am not receiving compensation for recommending this book.

If you liked this article, please share the link with others.  Thanks very much! Sandra


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  1. There’s a lot of information packed in this post! I do like the fact that lack of self-judgment, compassion for self and peace with my body can improve my immune system. It just makes so much sense…I’m currently increasing my doses of self-love and compassion and this article tells me I’m on the right track. I came home from Sedona over the weekend and was all stuffed up from whatever is on the land and in the air over there. Hmmm…

    I’m going to forward this link to my friend who may enjoy reading it. Thanks Sandra

    • Thanks, Tess! I love seeing your bright face when you comment.

      Since you especially liked the part on self love, stay tuned for the next article on Energy Medicine and how to be our own “inner mom.” More on how self love makes our immune system hum!

      Thanks for sharing the link with your friend. Hugs!

  2. Some points to consider: Some of my teachers in spirit are Chinese monks who live forty thousand years ago, and they are masters of energy healing. The meridian pathways that they follow are more complex and the direction of flow is multidirectional. Consider being able to scan a body and only see vascular and neurological pathways much like a holographic 3D roadmap. Now layer finer and more intricate tubules of energy systems over and amongst the physical systems, and extend these roadmaps radiating outwards and inwards. This is the monk’s playground.

    The energy systems that have been handed down and are now found in the West are rudimentary at best. The potential in this field of medicine is unlimited. I’ve worked with clients and have seen acupuncture being reversed: the monks are present in the room, I have visions, and experience pushing the needles out and repairing the tubules of energy. I’ve also had an acupuncturist meditate with me and a spirit guide has told her, and she has seen, the way she believes energy to flow as being inaccurate. She was left a little disorientated.

    This: These two systems use vastly different approaches to bring about health in the body. The triple warmer mobilizes the body for war to counter foreign invaders. It can be seen as the equivalent to the fight-or-flight response in Western medicine. The radiant circuits, on the other hand, organize all the systems of your body through harmony and cooperation.

    The triple warmer (I don’t use these phrases) is still influenced by a social cultural emotional frequency/vibration. Until we see that everything is connected and release fear this will be the prevalent frequency. The radiant circuit is like scratching an itch. We have to extend the energetic treatment into the universal circuit (this is an analogy for something that is almost impossible to describe (the monks like that)).

    Let’s look at a conscious soul frequency (again an analogy. We know what we believe a soul is, but how does it function?) This is the creating frequency; it doesn’t need to mobilise and go to war, or harmonise and cooperate, it creates.

    When you teach something, it becomes watered down by: hierarchy, ego, desire (to learn), politics, social evolution. When you show something and observe as the conscious soul you then create: potential, evolving health. Healers aren’t chosen anymore, we want to be something, we want, we want, we want . . .

    To the list to reprogram your immune system, I add forgiveness, and self awareness. Identify the dominant frequency of your field. This is associated and driven by our unconscious mind/vibration.

    I can see that I’d love this book. To evolve energy medicine we must be brave and challenge everything we think we know. In this field, and I include myself, we are still in kindegarten.

    • Brilliant, Simon!

      Yes, Donna is seeing a little more than the usual acupuncturist and you are clearly seeing more too. The whole idea is for the Triple Warmer and Radiant Circuits to work together (the Triple Warmer is a meridian and a radiant circuit), but our times are wild. Triple Warmer is doing it’s best to protect us and help us wake up, live consciously, care for ourselves, and care for the environment. Illness is not bad, it’s a wake up call.

      Thank you for all the insight you have shared here. It’s really incredible and it deeply resonates for me, especially the unlimited potential you describe.

      You are a step ahead, of course. 🙂 I will be touching upon forgiveness in the next post in the series.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wisdom and the wisdom of your friends. You’ve added so much to what I’ve written.

  3. Brilliant post Sandra! The more I read about Donna Eden, the more I want to read her book.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sandra,

    This is my first visit to your site. I couldn’t agree more with every other comment that your article content indeed provide a lot of useful information/tips. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!

  5. Interesting stuff! I know I have a hyperactive immune system because I have endometriosis. I am trying to cut down my exposure to toxic chemicals even more than I already have but it’s difficult. Even in someplace like Whole Foods most of the “natural” personal care products have horrible chemicals in them. I think I’m going to have to make my own!

    • Hi Jennifer,

      I understand how tricky it is to get away from toxic chemicals. I rarely use products even from a health food store. I keep my personal care products to a super minimum: baking soda for brushing teeth, pur sunflower seed oil for my skin, unscented soap. The soaps I use are either Clearly Natural unscented glycerin soap (still comes in plastic package), Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Castile Soap (bar) and Sappho Hill Natural Unscented Soap. But the last two have a strong soap smell when you buy them that wears off. I like the Clearly Natural best, but am avoiding it due to the packaging and going with the Sappho Hill for now. I also use Epson Salts for baths. I wash my hair with my soap, but hair can also be washed with baking soad. That’s it on my personal care products table – keeps life simple.

      Lots of people make their own stuff and have fun with it. Simple Organic (dot) net had an article recently on making a natural homemade deoderant that everyone says works great.

      Thanks for your comment. All the best!

      Good luck, hope you find some better options!

      • I’m a big fan of Dr. Bronner’s stuff. 🙂 I also use a lot of pure grapeseed oil for body care. I will try that deodorant thing, thanks. Almost everything on the market gives me a rash.

  6. Thanks for another great post-filled with helpful information. It is important to continually hear reminders to let go of self-judgment and develop self compassion. Although these sound very simple, I find it to be the most challenging work. Great post!

  7. Lori, I appreciate your thoughts on the challenge of letting go of self-judgment and developing self-compassion. I know I too need these reminders. It takes time to change habits, but happily it is possible. With appreciate for you!

  8. found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

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