Acupuncture & Natural Allergy Relief- Self Help Tips
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.
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.
|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.