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Say goodbye to allergies with acupuncture
The emergence of warmer days brings joy to our hearts. We should enjoy this time of year as we go from being lazy and inactive to becoming revitalized, alive and reborn. Unfortunately for many this also means the season of allergies, which may show up as sneezing, red itchy eyes, sinus congestion, drippy nose, scratchy throat and headaches. While prescription and over the counter medications can provide temporary relief, they bring with them a host of side effects while doing nothing to help overall health and prevention of allergies. Natural remedies such asacupuncture, however, not only clear symptoms of allergies, but also assist the body in achieving a state of balance by clearing the underlying cause of allergies and improve overall health.
Types of allergies
For seasonal allergies, they occur mainly with pollen so it comes from plants, weeds, grasses and trees. You will recognize pollen more in the spring, if you leave your car outside overnight and when you go out to it in the morning, you will see a little, yellow dusting on the car’ surface… that is pollen. And if you have pollen allergies, the symptoms will appear when that is in the air. Classically, it comes from trees early in the spring, so in April and May. Then in May, June and July, it is the grasses that are at their worst, so people with allergies to various kinds of grasses may feel it more. And then in the Fall, it is the weeds, so ragweed allergies may flare up in mid-August to the end of September. That is classic, but it varies in different parts of the country.
For perennial nasal allergies, it means you are dealing with it year-round and these are usually indoor allergies like dust mites, cockroaches animal dander and feathers. So individuals may have symptoms occasionally or throughout the year, depending on what kind of allergies they have.
Acupuncture as an alternative treatment
Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese medicine proven by observation and practice. The history of this complete and integrated tradition dates back thousands of years. The main principles of acupuncture are balance, peace and harmony. The healing process of this natural cure is centred around the patient rather than the illness or certain isolated symptoms.
Acupuncture focuses primarily on the body as an energy system and helps stimulate the body’s own healing process by focusing on treating the whole body. Therefore it offers a non-invasive way to treat allergies. According to Traditional Chinese medicine every illness is a consequence of imbalances in the flow of Qi through channels known as meridians. The symptoms and signs that are commonly associated with allergies relate to imbalances in the Chinese meridian and organ systems of the body. These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes, including poor diet, stress, pollutants, environmental toxins and constitutional weakness. If the imbalances remain unresolved in the body, the functions of the organ systems are weakened. During the therapy needles are inserted at specific points along the channels to stimulate the blocked flow of Qi and quicken the body’s own healing process.
What can you do
In addition to acupuncture the following tips will help strengthen your immune system and keep you balanced.
Chinese herbal tea can be used to treat the widest range of conditions including allergic diseases. Ask for a prescription by your acupuncturist. Eat local, seasonal foods and more raw foods in the warmer months staying in balance with the natural cycles of nature. Avoid eating sugar and milk products as these increase mucous production. Eat at least nine servings of vegetables and fruits per day. As this may be difficult, specific supplementation can achieve this goal. Exercise and decrease stress or change your reaction to it. Assure yourself plenty of rest, be happy and experience joy on a daily basis. The rebirth of nature shows us our own lives are capable of this same rebirth.
The best first step to treating any health problem is to contact a specialist. If you do decide to try acupuncture, look no further – except the upper middle part of this page andbook your appointment today. If you have any further questions about acupuncture please feel free tocontact us.