Many people are worried about coronavirus. As well as the obvious things to do to help, like washing hands, covering your mouth when you sneeze, etc, there is actually a visualisation technique that can boost our immune systems.
Several years ago, Professor Jeannie Achterberg and her team found that people could increase their s-IgA levels through visualisation. s-IgA (secretory immunoglobulin A) is an important immune system antibody in the saliva that looks like a double Y shape. It plays a very important role in the immune function of our mucosal membranes.
In the study, people visualising increasing their s-IgA levels were able to substantially increase their levels. More recently, there have been studies, including a randomised controlled trial of women going through treatment for breast cancer (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, etc) published in the journal, Breast, where half of the women typically visualise their immune systems destroying cancer cells (like piranha fish or pac men or women eating the cells) and they are compared with women who are not visualising. The studies find that even through chemotherapy their immune systems are operating more efficiently than in women who don’t visualise. Levels of killer cells and T-lymphocytes are typically higher with visualisation, for example.
So here’s a simple practice for boosting your s-IgA levels that’s based on the research studies. If you have an overactive immune system then it might be best not to try this.
1.) Start with 5 minutes of relaxed breathing.
2.) Visualise multiplying your s-IgA’s. You could, for example, imagine thousands of s-IgA’s being secreted from immune cells like, say, a crowd of people getting out of a cargo ship or plane. Or you could imagine each s-IgA giving birth to a litter of s-IgA’s, then they grow up and give birth to more. Or you could even imagine 3D printing them, or even photocopying them. Or something else, so long as you are visualising increasing their numbers. Do this for 5 minutes.
3.) Finish with 5 minutes of relaxed breathing.