The Australian Government is suggesting that it can end lockdowns and start to reopen its borders once 80% of the population is vaccinated. In order to fight off infection or generate good protection against a disease following vaccination your immune system needs to be functioning optimally. Whenever you are schedule to receive any vaccine the following suggestions may assist you in making it more effective and minimising the possibility of side effects and adverse effects.
The following supplementscan help support your immune system and can be taken in the weeks leading up to and following the vaccine as well as for general health support. Consult your local practitioner for specific nutrients and doses that you may require. Recommended daily intake (RDI) levels may not be sufficient for boosting or supporting your immunity during vaccination
Vit C, Zinc, Vit D3, Probiotics
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs in the weeks before and after vaccination can ensure your health is at its best.
See you local practitioner to determine the best herbs for you
An acupuncture treatment the day or so after the vaccine can also be extremely beneficial.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can also be of assistance should you have any adverse reaction to any vaccinations.
Homeopathics (such as Thuja) can be taken on the day of vaccination and daily for 2 weeks after if you prefer this style of medication
Ensure that you are healthy and have been for at least 30 days prior to vaccination (you should not have had a course of antibiotics in the last 30 days nor should you be just recovering from an illness)
Giving paracetamol to prevent fever after vaccinations may lessen the effectiveness of the immunisation, according to a Lancet study. Although it reduces fever, the study found it also interferes with the body’s immune response. “Antibody responses to several vaccines were significantly lower in the group given paracetamol,” says study author Dr Roman Prymula. Ideally avoid paracetamol for the week before and after vaccination.
Add a dash of fruit juice or a squeeze of lemon juice or electrolytes (eg: Nuun tablets) to your water or try coconut water or fruit infused water
Some herbal teas can be hydrating – eg hibiscus tea, rose tea, peppermint tea or chamomile tea
Consume plenty of wet foods as well – soups, broths, porridge, fruit
Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night
The most restorative sleep you can get is between 11pm and 3am so try to be in bed by 10.30pm at the latest
If you have problems sleeping acupuncture can help
Sunlight is the major source of vitamin D in our bodies (about 90%).
According to the ABC, from October to March, around Australia, 10 to 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure of the face, arms and hands before 10am or after 3pm, three to four times a week, will give you enough Vitamin D without skin damage. In Sydney in June and July, you may actually need short periods of exposure in peak UV times ie 10am to 3pm to get enough vitamin D.
Fresh air boosts immunity by increasing the amount of oxygen we get, in turn helping white blood cells function properly to kill bacteria and germs.
Time outdoors, in nature, reduces stress and anxiety and elevates mood so visit your local park daily or spend time in your garden
Long, slow, deep belly breaths help switch off the flight and fight response
Meditation or mindfulness exercises generally focus on the breath which helps reduce stress – try the Smiling Mind App
Go for walks in the sunshine and fresh air – get your 10,000 steps daily
Qigong lowers stress and anxiety, increases focus, and improves balance and flexibility. It may even reduce your risk of certain chronic diseases.
Swimming is great for your lungs
Yoga can be done over zoom
Whatever exercise you enjoy, do at least 30 min of moderate physical activity every day
If pain prevents you from exercising, then relieve your pain with acupuncture
Your feedback and questions are always welcome so please leave a comment below.
Tania Grasseschi is an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist with over 15 years of clinical experience. She specialises in Women's health transforming menstrual and menopausal problems, improving fertility, supporting pregnant and post natal women. She practices in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. "I love working with Chinese medicine because it is such a wonderful balance of the science of medicine and the art of healing"