Acupuncture For Allergies
With the crazy weather we’ve been having, many people are experiencing allergy symptoms early this year. According to Chinese medical theory, the symptoms and signs that indicate a Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and organ systems of the body. These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes, including stress, poor diet, constitutional weakness, pollutants and environmental toxins.
Over time, if imbalances remain within the body, they will affect the functions of the organ systems. Some of these organ systems are involved in the production of Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”). According to the theories of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, it is important to have the correct quality and quantity of Wei Qi circulating around the body in order to stay healthy.
The Chinese concept of Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. Wei Qi defends the body against foreign substances, that if not caught can lead to allergies. When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy. When the supply of Wei Qi becomes deficient, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses and pollen. People who have a Wei Qi deficiency are prone to allergies and frequent colds.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine support and strengthen the systems of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi. By building up the supply of Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it through the body, symptoms and signs related to allergies can be greatly reduced or eliminated. Allergies according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be due to a variety of factors.
These are some of the more common TCM diagnoses that your acupuncturist may discover and treat: Wei Qi deficiency, Spleen weakness, Kidney deficiency, or Lung deficiency. Your acupuncturist will conduct a thorough exam, taking a complete health history. She will then develop a unique treatment plan that will address your specific concerns. The goals of the treatment plan will be to eliminate visible symptoms and signs, while addressing the root cause(s) and underlying imbalances affecting the quality and quantity of Wei Qi.
Acupuncture treatments may be combined with herbs and dietary changes. These therapies accelerate the healing process in order to balance, build, and support the body’s Wei Qi.
Some seasonal allergy tips: Flush your nose with a Neti pot; add spicy foods and omega-3’s to your diet; keep your windows closed during allergy season to prevent dust and pollen from entering; put on a dust mask when you are doing yard or house work; do not hang your clothes out to dry in the sun, as they can gather dust, mold and pollen; and best of all, come in for an acupuncture tune-up.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are a drug-free, safe, natural and effective way to eliminate hay fever, allergies and the common cold.