Spring into Spring allergy free – before it’s too late!!
This month at Acupuncture Works we will be discussing how effective Chinese medicine (acupuncture) is for allergies. For those of you that suffer, or know of someone that does suffer through Spring with allergies such as hay fever, know just how debilitating it can be; and not just for the person with the allergy, as its quite common for the people close to them to be negatively impacted as well.
In great news for those of you that do suffer from allergies – acupuncture can help!
Chinese medicine views hay fever as a list of signs and symptoms (listed below) that are unique to each sufferer. We gather a list of these (which can be quite different from one patient to the next) and then construct a treatment specific to you. This means we treat the ailment by treating you. This might not seem like such a big deal so let’s explain it like this. At Acupuncture Works we treat YOU!! This specific, and unique treatment won’t be the same for the next patient. So if a person named David and someone else called Melissa visit the clinic with allergies, they will almost certainly be treated differently. This gives us a much better chance of correcting the underlying imbalances in the body that have caused the allergic signs and symptoms, thereby reducing the likelihood of them recurring long-term.
Acupuncture provides symptomatic relief but also targets the root cause of the allergy, and this is something that Western medical drugs don’t do. They use drugs to block, hinder, hide, and mask the symptoms. This does nothing for healing the underlying cause in the patient, and these drugs often have nasty side effects. For example, decongestant nasal sprays; if these are used for more than five consecutive days they can damage the fragile lining of the nose. So you still have the allergy, and now you have an additional symptom that needs treatment.
Acupuncture treats the allergy by treating you. This individualistic style of treatment doesn’t apply to Western medical treatment. If your name is David and you come to Acupuncture Works, we treat David. If you go to a chemist they give you a generic drug that they have most likely given to thousands of other people. This is not individual style treatment. Plus the drug doesn’t treat the underlying cause, whereas acupuncture does.
Typically, the signs and symptoms of allergies include (but are not limited to):
- Nose – runny, dripping and/or blocked; snoring.
- Eyes – watery, itchy, swollen and/or red.
- Wheezing, asthmatic episodes.
- Shortness of breath.
- Skin – hives, eczema and/or incredible itchiness.
- Throat clearing – sometimes soreness.
- Postnasal drip.
- Always getting sick.
- Tiredness/exhaustion – feel run down.
- Can’t sleep.
- Can’t concentrate.
From a Chinese medical diagnosis, allergies are often (not always) as a result of an external pathogenic attack. An external pathogenic attack is the weather injuring us. In Spring this is almost always Wind (discussed further below). For an external pathogen to invade our bodies, there has to be an underlying immune system weakness/deficiency. Our immune system becomes weakened through Winter, as the body constantly fights colds and flu’s (pathogenic Cold). As Spring arrives, so does a whole new set of pathogens, namely Wind, Heat, Dry, Damp, and still some Cold. For people with allergies, their immune systems have been weakened enough for it to not be able to prevent these pathogens from invading the body. These pathogens then produce the allergies.
So treatment with acupuncture is two-fold. The pathogen needs to be expelled, and the underlying immune system deficiency needs to be strengthened.
Chinese medicine considers Wind to be the power that provides the impetus for pollens, dust mites, freshly mown grass, grass seeds, animal hair, moulds, etcetera to invade our bodies.
To summarise: Acupuncture is all about prevention and healing the underlying cause rather than Western medicines symptomatic relief that does nothing for the underlying cause of allergies. If you are interested in learning more please call Acupuncture Works on 3822 1122 and ask to speak with David or Melissa.
At Acupuncture Works we believe that staying locked indoors throughout Spring is both unrealistic and problematic. This is one of the treatment strategies that Western medicine suggests (see the rest here) along with replacing your lawn with concrete. So why not give acupuncture a try so that you can get outside and live life to your full potential. Don’t let hay fever and other allergies control your life anymore!!
Acupuncture Works Team
Julie, David, Melissa, and Sian