Acupuncture for Allergies
Allergies Are Caused by Wind or Chi Deficiency
In Chinese medicine allergies are called "wind invasions," an acknowledgement of the role of air-born irritants in this condition. Symptoms of wind invasions can arise either when the irritants are abundant and overwhelm us or when our immunity is too weak to fight them. In Chinese medicine there is a special type of immunity called wei-chi that circulates on the outer layers of our body, fortifying and protecting us against wind invasions. When the wei-chi is compromised, however, our outer defenses are weak and air-born irritants can get past our defenses.
Acupuncture Can Ease Symptoms and Boost Chi
There are many acupuncture points that are beneficial for allergies. For example, the point on side of the nostrils is excellent for opening the sinuses and often has an immediate effect, with many patients reporting that they feel their sinuses open while they are on the treatment table. Other points that may be used include those located on the lung channel, which travels down the inside of the arm. These can boost respiratory immunity, stop coughing, clear infections, and help your body fight allergens.
Chinese Herbs Can be Helpful as Well
Taking herbs can enhance the effects of your acupuncture treatments, helping to address symptoms from the inside out. If you are interested in trying some Chinese herbs they come in a convenient pill form and are included with your session at no extra charge. I carry a few different Chinese herbal formulas for allergies and immunity. Some address acute symptoms while others can be taken preventively, in preparation for allergy season, to improve your respiratory immunity and reduce the severity of your allergic response. Please click here to learn more about the herbs that I carry.
As Can Chinese Massage
Chinese massage, especially acupressure and cupping, can also be helpful in enhancing the effects of your treatment. Manually pressing on acupuncture points can help release tension and open the sinuses and lungs, easing symptoms like headaches and congestion. Cupping on the upper back can also help open the lungs and pull out toxins. If you are interested in trying Chinese massage it included with your acupuncture session at no extra charge or you can schedule for a massage. Please click here to learn more about Chinese massage.
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