Get over those spring allergies for GOOD!
While spring and summer are the time of year that brings us outdoors many people are unable to enjoy these warmer months because of their allergies. Often people do not believe they even have allergies because they didn’t have them in the past, but once they arrive they have a tendency to stay.
The best practice for a long and healthy life is to recognize opportunities to improve your health and well being. By taking action now you are investing in your “health bank account” and contributing to a vibrant and healthy life.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine address the underlying cause of allergies and strengthen the whole body. Allergy sufferers significantly reduce their symptoms and can even eventually eliminate them.
Allergies, sinusitis or allergic rhinitis are indications of an overly reactive immune system.
What is an allergy?
Aside from making us feel miserable, allergies are a sign that the body is experiencing systemic inflammation.
When coming into contact with allergens, such as dust, pollen, grass, and animals, the body responds with symptoms: sneezing; nasal congestion; runny nose; watery, itchy or red eyes; puffy face; headaches; disturbed sleep; fatigue; coughing; wheezing; and even asthma. In some cases this can also interfere with fertility. In addition, when the nasal mucosa becomes swollen it obstructs proper drainage, allergies can lead to sinusitis and infections.
These symptoms interfere with being able to concentrate and work effectively, focus, feel good or even look good. Everything takes more effort. Allergies can suck the joy out of life.
If you take care of your allergy symptoms with acupuncture and Chinese medicine you will have:
- A balanced immune system (you don’t get sick)
- Clearer thinking
- Better breathing (means more oxygen to your body)
- Improved sleep (necessary for the body to restore and rejuvenate)
- Better and more effective concentration
- Better mood
- Improved skin (allergies cause swelling and puffiness)
- More energy to enjoy life
Why not take an over-the-counter anti-histamine?
While over-the-counter medications can help with symptoms, they do not treat the underlying cause. Plus, they come with side effects such as, dry mouth and throat (contribute to gum disease), drowsiness, dizziness, head pain, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, restlessness or moodiness (irritability and nervousness), hives, sun-sensitive skin, difficulty urinating, blurred vision, and confusion.
Allergies tend to get worse and can even trigger more allergic responses to food or even beloved pets. A history of allergies is linked to development of other chronic inflammatory and auto immune conditions such as arthritis, asthma, fibromyalgia and IBS.
What can you do instead?
- Get some regular acupuncture treatments to address your general wellbeing as well as symptoms
- Start using a neti pot to do nasal irrigation
- Limit dairy and other inflammatory foods that are mucous producing
- Eat more whole unprocessed foods (reduce toxic intake)
- Take a good probiotic to support your gut and immune system
- Reduce stress in your life (acupuncture is great for this)
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are excellent for balancing the body’s nervous system, regulating or normalizing the immune system, and reducing systemic inflammation. By treating the root cause you can produce lasting results.