ACUPUNCTURE HELPS ALLERGIES
What is Allergies?
Allergies seasonal or year round are an ongoing problem for many individuals. Seasonal allergies typically affect people during a particular season or time of year. They are also referred to as outdoor allergies and are generally triggered by tree, grass and weed pollens or outdoor mold spores. Year round allergies also known as indoor allergies are typically brought on by animal dander, dust mites, mold spores or insect allergens. There are also food allergies, which occur as a result of eating a culprit food, and can also create physical or emotional symptoms such as body hives, swelling, itching or redness of the skin, depression or moodiness.
Chronic rhinosinusitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the moist tissues of the nasal passages and sinuses, which lasts for three months or more. It is associated with perennial allergies, and can sometimes be complicated by allergic rhinitis, or “hay fever,” which is generally associated with seasonal inhalant allergies, triggered by exposure to allergens such as grass or tree pollens.
How acupuncture can help allergies?
No matter what kind of allergy you suffer from, environmental or food related, acupuncture can provide needed relief. While medications often come with unwanted side-effects, acupuncture does not. This makes acupuncture an appealing option for people looking for a new way to combat their allergies.
According to Eastern medical theory, the symptoms and signs that indicate a Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and Organ Systems of the body. These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes, including stress, poor diet, foods that don’t agree with you body, constitutional weakness, pollutants and environmental toxins.
If imbalances remain within the body, they will affect the functions of the Organ Systems. Some of these Organ Systems are involved in the production of Wei Qi (pronounced “way chi”). It is important to have the correct quality and quantity of Wei Qi circulating around the body in order to stay healthy.
Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. Wei Qi functions to protect and defend the body against foreign substances, that if not caught can lead to allergies. When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy. When the supply of Wei Qi becomes deficient, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses and pollen. People who have a Wei Qi deficiency are prone to allergies and frequent colds.
Acupuncture and Eastern medicine support and strengthen the systems of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi. By building up the supply of Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it through the body, symptoms and signs related to allergies could be greatly reduced or eliminated.
What will acupuncture can do?
We will conduct a thorough exam, taking a complete health history. We will then develop a unique treatment plan that will address your specific concerns. The goals of the treatment plan will be to eliminate visible symptoms and signs, while addressing the root cause and underlying imbalances affecting the quality and quantity of Wei Qi.
Acupuncture treatments may be combined with herbs, food changes, Acupressure, or exercise. These therapies accelerate the healing process in order to balance, build, and support the health and functioning of your body’s systems.
Acupuncture and Eastern medicine are a drug-free, safe, natural and effective way to eliminate hay fever, allergies or the common cold.