Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies in Chester County PA

Ahhh..spring has arrived – and so have seasonal allergies. Pollen allergy affectsnatural sinus relief with acupuncture an estimated 35 million Americans each year, according to Web MD. Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and sinus congestion are just a few of the allergy symptoms people face each year as the pollen count rises.

While over the counter remedies such as antihistamines can help in the short term, many people find that these medications lose their effectiveness over time. Fortunately, natural treatment alternatives exist. Acupuncture has been proven to effectively reduce and even eliminate allergy symptoms. CNN reported research published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine in March 2013 on the positive benefits of acupuncture treatment for seasonal allergies.

How does acupuncture work? By placing tiny, sterilized needles into just a few specific acupuncture points, acupuncture has been shown to boost your immune system so you can combat common allergens such as pollen, dust, and animal dander. In Chinese medical terminology, acupuncture boosts the ‘Wei Qi’ or protective qi that circulates just beneath the skin. Wei qi becomes weak due to common dietary factors such as excess sugar and not enough quality nutrition like fresh vegetables. Additional factors include stress and lack of sleep. Acupuncture combined with good nutrition is a winning combination for seasonal allergies.

To read more, please see my Allergies & Asthma page  complete with patient testimonials and research articles to see how acupuncture can help YOU with your allergies this season.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/relieve-allergies-natural-way?page=2

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/19/health/acpuncture-allergies/

Acupuncture for Stress Relief

Got stress? Maybe you’ve got ‘Spring Fever’. Acupuncture is the best kept secret for stress relief! Many of my acupuncture patients are reporting increased irritability, anxiety, and PMS with the onset of spring. Some are feeling unusually tired. People with allergies, TMJ, tension headaches, migraines, and vertigo also tend to notice a flare-up this time of year. Acupuncturists call this ‘Liver Qi Stagnation’ which gets worse in the spring.

What’s Liver Qi?
Spring is the time of year that the organ system called Liver gets unbalanced. No, not your actual liver – the Chinese ‘Liver’ system. Acupuncturists know that the Liver regulates energy flow throughout your body. A busy, stressed out life causes the Liver to clamp down on your energy system – a condition called ‘Liver Qi Stagnation’. Most Americans experience some form of Liver Qi Stagnation throughout the year. Symptoms may include frustration, teeth grinding, ear ringing, allergies, and PMS.

Why is it worse in Spring?
Spring is a ‘strong’ season with an outward push of energy and wild weather swings. Our bodies are made from the materials found in nature so it makes sense that we would notice amplified stress or mood swings when spring arrives. Spring starts in February according to the Chinese calendar. So our 1st day of spring coincides with the middle of spring – a time when the Liver Qi is at its peak. Here in the west, we have the term ’Spring Fever’ which is described as a feeling of restlessness or laziness. If you’ve got pre-existing Liver Qi Stagnation, you’re likely noticing increased stress or fatigue. Perhaps your Liver Qi needs some attention.

4 Ways Move Your Liver Qi

Exercise
Loosen up your Liver Qi with some exercise. Walking, running, or weightlifting are great ways to blow off steam. Yoga and Tai Qi are good additions for smoothing the body’s Qi and helping you relax.

Turn Off Your Cellphone
….and your computer for that matter. With increased connectivity we’ve become more stressed.Your Liver Qi gets tighter with every email, beep, notification, and text that comes in. Unplug and go for a walk – outside in nature if you can. Your Liver Qi will thank you!

Hang Out
Schedule time with people who boost your mood. Nurture friendships and family ties. Go have some fun, or just chill out, preferably with people. Positive relationships create flow – in both your life and your qi.

Visit your Acupuncturist
If you’re feeling stress, PMS, fatigue, or allergy symptoms, your Liver Qi might be stuck. Acupuncture regulates the meridians and the Liver – creating balance and flow. The result? You feel better! So get your qi moving and flow into summer.

Read more about acupuncture for stress and anxiety or acupuncture and menstrual issues including PMS!

Acupuncture Effective for Sinus – Sinusitis

A new clinical study examined acupuncture for treatment of chronic sinusitis. A test group of 85 patients with sinusitis participated. Chronic rhinitis [sinusitis] is due to the Chinese medicine concept of wind-cold or wind-heat obstructing lung qi. Wind is similar to the concept of virus or bacteria in western medical terminology. Lung qi is a concept of lung function. In Chinese medicine, the lung system includes the nose. It is easily blocked by ‘wind’ or viral/bacterial invasion. Acupuncture releases pathogens trapped in the body by stimulating acupuncture points associated with the lung and nose.
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Acupuncture May Provide Relief of Allergy Symptoms

Western medicine journals don’t generally report on acupuncture research but the Journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology reported on research in 2008. Research on allergy sufferers who received  3-6 months of acupuncture treatment combined with routine care showed that acupuncture provided them with ‘clinically relevant and persistent benefits’. Read more

How to Treat Allergies with Traditional Chinese Medicine

This article at How Stuff Works.com shares how Chinese Medicine has been used to treat allergies for thousands of years.  Learn how Chinese Medicine understands your immunity and allergies.  Learn what treatment options Chinese Medicine offers to relieve your allergies, using Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Read more

Acupuncture Pins Down Allergy Relief

Acupuncture relieves seasonal allergies and is a natural alternative to allergy shots and antihistamines.  In this article, you will discover how acupuncture relieved allergy symptoms in a research study.  Some basic Chinese medicine concepts are discussed in a ‘user friendly’ way.  You will also learn how allergies are diagnosed as a condition of dampness and can be considered cold or warm type based on your symptoms.  Knowing which type of allergy you have is important both for acupuncture treatment and for self care.

While not discussed in this article, some common food items that contribute to ‘dampness’ and ‘cold’ type allergies are sugar, cold and raw foods, cold beverages, white flour, and dairy.  ‘Heat’ inducing foods include oils, especially the kind used in deep frying.  Hot spicy foods and alcoholic beverages also create heat so would be important to avoid if you have a heat type allergy. Read more

Eliminate Your Allergies with Acupuncture and NAET

This article by Dr. Vladimir Bougaenko describes NAET treatment of Allergies and the traditional Acupuncture theory of allergies. Allergies can be eliminated with proper identification and treatment. Why suffer when you can get rid of allergies for good with NAET?
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Vitamin D Deficiency and Asthma

This article describes low levels of vitamin D as a contributing factor in asthma.  Many of us are vitamin D deficient.  Vitamin D deficiency can occur even in sunny areas of the world.  It is believed that this is due to people working indoors and not receiving enough sunlight.  NAET theory proposes that people with vitamin D allergies will not absorb enough vitamin D which results in deficiencies.  Regardless of the reason for the deficiency, low vitamin D levels have been linked to asthma and allergies. Fortunately, if you are experiencing low vitamin D levels due to an allergy, you can be tested and treated. Read more

Are Allergy Blood Tests Accurate?

This article on the overstated rise in peanut allergies describes allergy testing for ‘true allergens’. True allergens are diagnosed when antibodies called IgEs are detected in the blood of allergy sufferers when that blood is exposed to the allergic substance. NAET is often dismissed as non-scientific due to the reliance on muscle testing to detect hidden allergens. When NAET patients test their blood, a lack of antibodies in the blood to their suspected allergens is taken as an absence of the allergy. This article describes traditional biomedical allergy testing and its apparent unreliability in detecting food allergies. Please read this article for an eye opening discussion on traditional allergy testing. Read more

Why Eczema Often Leads To Asthma

This article discusses the discovery of a molecule that plays a role in asthma and eczema. These two conditions are highly linked with 50-70% of children with eczema moving on to develop asthma later in life. Both conditions are very responsive to NAET treatment since food allergies are usually at the root.

Chinese medicine recognizes the link between skin and lungs noting that skin conditions are due to lung weakness even if no lung weakness is noticeable. It is no coincidence that these two conditions are linked in Chinese medical theory.
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