Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, skin reactions, plugged ears and fatigue are all tell-tale signs of allergies. Although spring is considered a rebirth of nature with beautiful flowers and greenery popping up everywhere, it can also bring challenges for some in the weeks to come.
In Traditional Chinese medicine, allergies are the sign of an imbalanced, deficient immune system. They can present as a blockage to the nose and sinuses stemming from an imbalance in the lungs or kidneys.
General weakness, low immunity, poor diet, lack of rest and exercise, chronic stress and a genetic predisposition to allergies are reasons we may become imbalanced. This imbalance will make us more susceptible to the effects of pollen and other environmental allergens.
Can seasonal allergies be prevented? Yes!
This involves conserving your energy throughout the cold damp winter which will allow increased immunity by the time spring rolls around. Some ways to do this are by going to bed early, getting sufficient sleep and meditating to lower stress throughout the colder months. Avoiding cold and raw foods and adding warming herbs, such as ginger and cinnamon, to your meals can be helpful to balance and strengthen your energy supply as well.
If winter has come and gone and you know you wore yourself down rather than building your immense system up, we can help.
Treatment is an investigation to discover what the root cause is for each individual, but through acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle therapy anyone can strengthen and balance the body’s immune system and energy to decrease the effect of seasonal allergies.
As a team, we focus on treating the body as a whole and discovering the root of the issue rather than treating only symptoms. For more information on the benefits of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, please contact Adrienne at Pro Motion Clinic.