Apr 18

Spring is in the Air….Literally


Spring is in the air… Literally

ALLERGY 2Achoo… Achoo… That’s right it is the beginning of spring which is also the beginning of allergy season for many of us. Allergies typically occur when the immune system believes it is being attacked by harmful substances. After the body mistakes the substances as a threat, an inflammatory reaction takes place in order to eliminate the threat from the body. This attempt will produce a sudden onset of symptoms which are commonly sneezing, runny nose, itching eyes and throat, and a heavy sensation in the head.

When these symptoms arise most people turn to prescription medications or over the counter antihistamines and nose sprays. The problem with these medications is that they are just masking the underlying problem while creating some serious side effects. Some of the side effects that are typically observed are drowsiness, increased heart rate, immune system suppression, or over reliance on the medications. While this may not seem like a problem at the beginning, long time use of most of these medications damage the body’s natural mechanisms to deal with allergens and creates a dependence on these medications.

ALLERGY 3A better way to approach allergy season is with traditional Chinese medicine. This includes a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs that not only treat the symptoms but also treat the underlying root cause. In Traditional Chinese medicine, allergies are called “Bi Yuan” which translates to “nose-pool”. Bi Yuan comes from a deficiency in the defense of the body. The typical goal of acupuncture and herbs is to strengthen the defense of the body while eliminating the allergens. Ideally, you would want to start treatments about four to six weeks before the start of allergy season because this will allow the body to build immunities to allergens. If allergy season has already started or if your allergies are year round, you should start treatment immediately. Acupuncture frequently relieves congestion and sneezing immediately. While the results vary greatly, it is important to follow the treatment plan set up by your practitioner. If the treatment plan is followed, the results range from temporary relief to complete remission. Complete remission happens when the body learns to accept the allergen without viewing it as a harmful threat, which will no longer produce an allergic reaction.

Christina Radosta L.Ac. Dipl. Ac.

Contact Art of Natural Healing today to find out more about how to treat your allergies with acupuncture and herbs. (708) 366-8002.

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