Acupuncture & Natural Allergy Relief- Self Help Tips

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The most common symptoms of allergies are the runny nose (rhinitis), sneezing and itching eyes. These symptoms may be seasonal when certain grasses, flowers, trees or molds shed pollen or spores (Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis or SAR). Some individuals are plagued with these symptoms nearly continuously regardless of the season. These people may be sensitive to dust, animal dander or other common materials.

How it Works!
The twelve regular and eight extra meridians help to maintain a balance of Yin (substances which nourish the body such as blood and body fluid) and Yang (related to activity and function) within the body. However, if a particular energy pathway is obstructed, its corresponding organ’s function will also be affected and the body’s yin and yang will become unbalanced. This imbalance will ultimately affect the functioning of the body as a whole. Acupuncture works by removing energy blockages in the meridians and regulating the overall flow of energy so that the body can return to a state of balance and health.

We recommend two to three sessions but you will the benefits right away, Acupuncture coupled with acupressure points, facial cupping for sinus drainage you will be breathing easier and be able to limit antihistamines etc.

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Self help tips for allergies

Avoid cold food and beverages like iced water, cold beer, pop & ice cream. 
Avoid heavy oily foods, spicy and deep-fried foods these are hard to digest and tax your digestive system.
-Keep your body warm avoiding cool breezes by wearing a scarf and socks well into spring.
-Exercise, yoga, swimming are beneficial for self care and deep breathing.

It is a good idea if you are experiencing congestion to avoid increasing the problem by limiting dairy and wheat as they are mucous forming.

Avoid any allergens you know you may have

Use herbal formulas that contain Thyme and Fenugreek to clear out mucous.

Do everything you can to improve your digestion.  Taking enzymes is one example. Avoid over eating and putting excess strain on your digestive system.

Eating and drinking warm food and beverages.  Bone broth or other liquid soups are a great option.

Relief of nasal congestion and itching… try the following techniques on these common acupoints 

massage for a few minutes several times a day with the fingertips:

Yintang (located right between the eyebrows), Yinxiang or LI 20 (located on the nasolabial groove adjacent to the nostrils)

Hegu or LI4, (located on the back of the hand between the thumb and index finger).

You can also use pressure on these magical points  shown below that correspond to organs that govern the Chinese meridians often implicated with the symptoms of seasonal allergies.  The Letters and Numbers if you are not familiar with Chinese Medicine correspond to an organ and the location on that organs meridian: 

For example LI20 stands for Large Intestine 20. BL2 Bladder 2, GB20 Gall Bladder 20, LU9 Lung 9, SI16, Small Intestines’ 18, LIV3 Liver 3 and so on.  If the acupuncturist feels the symptoms come from one or more meridian imbalances in the body then they will stimulate those points with acupuncture. 

You just add moderate pressure to these points.  Test them out and sense the difference they can make. Hold each point for at least 20 seconds or massage with fingertips  in a circular fashion. Take a deep breath in thru your nose after each point. by trying them all you can begin to discover which ones give you the most relief.

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acupressure points

Why Try Acupuncture
Acupuncture can help to increase circulation and regulate the immunological function of the human body, These can have a positive, therapeutic effect for allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. Acupuncture involves the use of hair-fine needles to stimulate specific points on the body along the meridians. Acupuncture works by removing energy blockages in the meridians and regulating the overall flow of energy so that the body can return to a state of balance and health.- In the case of allergic rhinitis, the blockage of energy is situated in the lung meridian, for which the nose is considered an extension. Under normal conditions, the lungs can control respiration and ensure that one breathes freely through the nose and with an acute sense of smell. In Chinese Medicine, the lungs are also responsible for dispersing energy throughout the body and for preventing pathogens from invading the body. The ideal time to treat seasonal allergy symptoms using acupuncture is early spring.  Seasonal Symptoms need 3 treatments, once a week, 3 weeks in total.

Sinus Self Help
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Flowers everywhere in Spring

More Self Help:

For Acute Symptoms:
Use herbal or natural antibiotics in a spray form after steaming the nasal passages in a hot shower or over a pot of hot essential oil infused  steam.  Common antiviral and antibiotic essential oils to use in the steam are eucalyptus, menthol, lavender, wintergreen and cloves.  Put 2-3 drops in a pot of hot water and lean over it while covering your head with a towel.  Steam for up to 20 minutes to loosen mucous material and clear the nasal passages.  Once passages are clear spray your herbal antibiotic into nose to work further into the sinus cavities. Ayurvedic healing practices uses an application of Ghee (clarified butter) into the nasal passage to combat infection and inflammation.

Relief of Chronic Symptoms:
For long term sinus infections using a nasal wash a few times a day over a prolonged period of time will eliminate built up mucous and sinus blockages.  Continuing to do this for a week or two after your breathing is clear will help to avoid recurrence.

Use a drug store bulb syringe to flush the nasal passages with a solution of 1 cup warm water, 1/2 tsp. salt and pinch of baking soda.  Hold one nostril closed while squeezing the solution up the other nostril.  The flush will come out of the mouth.  You can also purchase a kit called Neil Med from the drug store which has the container and cleansing mix in sachets.  Either way this nasal wash is based on the same principles as the Ayurvediic Netie Pot but possibly more user friendly.