This is my favorite time of year, when the days are getting longer and the sun is peaking his head through the clouds more and more. Along with the budding trees and blooming flowers, though, also comes a dusting of the dreaded yellow stuff – pollen! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, Spring may be your least favorite time of year!
How Can Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Help?
Acupuncture has been found to be effective in relieving your allergy symptoms, including congestion, red itchy eyes, scratchy throat and headache. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we see your allergies as being caused by exposure to environmental elements while your body’s defense system is weak. Our goal is to strengthen your body’s defense system, or Wei Qi, in order for you to fight the allergens that are attacking you. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can reduce your need for over-the-counter medications to ease your allergy symptoms. Instead of dealing with the drowsy side effects of over-the-counter medications, acupuncture has the added benefits of lowering stress and increasing energy! Isn’t that something we could all use?
Is There Anything You Can Do At Home?
An herb that is commonly used in Chinese medicine for seasonal allergies is one that you’ve probably heard of – chrysanthemum flower! Drinking chrysanthemum tea is an easy way for you to supplement your acupuncture treatments to help combat those red itchy eyes and headaches. You can find it at your local Asian food market.