Roughly fifty million people in the United States can be diagnosed with some sort of allergic condition, especially during the spring season. The number one cure for treating such allergies is through the use of oriental medicine and acupuncture. These treatments clear the nasal passages of the body which strengthens the immune system as well as improves the body’s overall defenses.
Seasonal allergies may be referred to as allergic rhinitis or hay fever and triggers only during the spring and fall seasons when pollen is in the air. Those affected by pollen usually react to other substances such as animal dander, molds, and dust mites. Spring is the season where most allergies do occur due to the mass amount of plants pollinating in order to start to new plant life. Fall is the other season where news plants also bloom while others rot and mold. Mold spores from dead plants can usually be found throughout the entire years along with other allergens like dust.
Allergies that are only triggered during certain seasons are usually because the body is hypersensitive to the substances in the air. Those affected by allergies will have symptoms that involve the nasal passages, membrane lining, and eyes. During these seasons, there are many medications for sale that advertise allergy relief. Unfortunately, these medications cause side effects we do not want. The more natural alternative would be oriental medicine and acupuncture.
Oriental medicine experts state that allergies occur due to a deficiency of protective Qi, or life energy. This Qi is said to flow around the surface of the body in order to protect it from illnesses and allergies. If a person has a deficiency of the type of Qi, then they will find that they are more susceptible to colds, flues, illnesses, disease, and allergens.
Acupuncture for Allergy Symptoms
Acupuncture will treat the imbalances specific to your body in order to create an effective treatment plan that will cure the symptoms cause by allergens as well as the cause of the allergies in the first place. Alongside acupuncture changes in the diet must be made and proper exercise must be done. It is important to make an acupuncture appointment for the start of every season in order to strengthen the body to best protect itself from allergens and correct any imbalances caused from the previous season.
The diet is actually a major reason why you may be more susceptible to allergens below. Below is a list of the top foods you need in order to relive the symptoms caused by allergies.
Foods For Allergy Relief
Allergy Food #1: Omega-3
Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid out body needs in order to prevent inflammation caused by allergies in our air passages. Foods such as salmon and flax seeds are the best sources of this substance.
Allergy Food #2: Apples
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, this is especially true if you have allergies every season. Apples contain quercetin, which reduces allergic reactions as well as decreases inflammation. Besides apples, quercetin can be found in red grapes, berries, red onions, black tea, and capers.
Allergy Food #3: Ginger
Ginger helps relieve symptoms caused by allergens by releasing the pressure of constricted bronchial tubes. It also acts as a natural decongestant for those who get congested in the head or chest.
Allergy Food #4: Carrots
Carrots contain beta-carotene, which is good for preventing inflammation in the airways. Other foods that contain a good amount of beta-carotene include butternut squash, kale, collard greens, apricots, pumpkin, spinach, and sweet potatoes.
To make sure your body is completely ready for the upcoming allergy seasons, give me a call or send me an email to set up an appointment today.
by Laurie Binder L.Ac., RNCNP