Alternative Support for Your Immune System & Stress Management

Dec 19, 2022 Immune SystemStress

Alternative Support for Your Immune System & Stress Management

Quick Health Scoop

  • In addition to traditional aids for your immune system—like getting lots of sleep, focusing on whole foods, fruits and vegetables and healthy fats in your daily diet, and bridging any potential nutrient gaps by taking immune support nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc†—alternative techniques such as massage, acupuncture and certain herbs can also help
  • Massage therapy can help support your body’s defenses and help reduce stress
  • Acupuncture can also help support a healthy immune system
  • Certain traditional herbs like Aswagandha, Elderberry, Ginseng, and Turmeric can provide benefits ranging from helping with fatigue and respiratory health, supplying antioxidant support and supporting a healthy immune system

Alternative Immune & Stress Supports

Beyond the circulatory system, the immune system includes parts of the digestive, endocrine, respiratory, and skeletal systems. For that reason, keeping the immune system in balance is important throughout life. As your body’s natural defense system, the immune system is designed to support every area of the body, acting as your first line of defense.

Unfortunately, the high-stress nature of modern society can adversely affect your sleep, stress, and immune health. That’s why alternative techniques and herb supplements make a great addition to traditional safeguards in your immune support and stress relief routines. From the effects of seasonal changes and diet to stress and even sleep, providing your body with nutrients that support your immune system should top your good-health priority list. Among other things, that may mean supplementing with immune support nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and  Zinc. Another important consideration: Getting enough sleep is important in managing stress. So for help with occasional sleep support, consider Melatonin as a drug-free way to support restful sleep.†


You always feel better after a massage, don’t you? Knots have been undone, and lactic acid has been smoothed away by gentle hands. Not only does it make you feel great, but it might also help support your immune system response. One study showed the simple act of touch-focused care, even a simple five-minute hand or foot massage, helped to lower study participants’ perceived level of stress.1  Adding a massage to your lineup of precautionary measures could be just the thing you need to feel your best.


Intense exercise, although good for your body, can temporarily affect your immune system response. Now for the good news. An increasing number of studies have shown that acupuncture treatment can help support the body’s immune response.3 Acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest health remedies, dating back thousands of years, so maybe our ancestors were on to something good when they discovered how to use it.


For centuries, people have used traditional herbs for their positive effects on the body. Here are some time-tested examples that may offer you immune and stress support.

  • Ashwagandha – Ashwagandha is a traditional herb long used as an adaptogen to help adapt to stressors, and as a supplement, it offers daily support for stress.†
  • Elderberry – Elderberry is a tart berry that contains anthocyanins, known for their antioxidant properties. As a Nature Made supplement, Elderberry is combined with Vitamin D3, an essential nutrient that supports a healthy immune response, and with Zinc, an essential mineral that provides immune and antioxidant†
  • Ginseng – Although Ginseng has somewhat of an exotic reputation, it is actually native to the forests of the United States. Ginseng is traditionally used in herbal medicine to help increase energy and stress resistance. Ginseng is a popular ingredient in tea, and you can even grow it yourself. After harvesting the roots, just dry them and mix them into your tea. Or you can supplement with Ginseng, as it is often used in stress support supplements.†
  • Turmeric Curcumin – Made from the roots of the Curcuma longa plant, Turmeric is an Indian spice that’s become a popular herbal supplement due to its antioxidant benefits. The Curcumin in turmeric is responsible for its vibrant yellow color and provides antioxidant activity that helps neutralize free radicals in the body. Out of various common spices, Turmeric has one of the highest antioxidant activities because of its active curcuminoids.†

The Bottom Line

The immune system, your body’s natural defense system, acts as your first line of protection. But our high-stress modern society can adversely affect your immune health and cause sleeplessness. Alternative techniques such as massage, acupuncture, and herbal supplements make great additions to your immune support and stress relief routine. Additionally, providing your body with nutrients that support your immune system should top your good-health priority list. Among other things, that may mean supplementing with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc to support a healthy immune system, and occasionally adding Melatonin as a drug-free sleep aid to support restful sleep. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider if you’re considering taking or buying ashwagandha capsules or immune support supplements.†

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† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


  1. Labrique-Walusis, Françoise. Massage therapy for stress management: implications for nursing practice, Orthop Nurs. 2010 Jul-Aug;29(4):254-7; quiz 258-9. Doi 10.1097/NOR.0b013e3181e517c6.
  2. Kim, Sun Kwang; Bae, Hyunsu. Acupuncture and immune modulation. Auton Neurosci. 2010 Oct 28;157(1-2):38-41. doi: 10.1016/j.autneu.2010.03.010.