Ragweed, dust mites and mold can trigger fall time allergies this time of year. Symptoms may include sneezing, itchy watery eyes, sinus headaches, and runny nose. This can leave one feeling miserable. Anti-histamines can clear your head and reduce symptoms but unfortunately they can come back. In Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and herbal medicine address allergy symptoms in a natural way to help resolve symptoms and not just cover them up.
Diagnosis of Allergies in Chinese Medicine
Allergies in Chinese Medicine do not fall under one diagnosis but in fact allergies have different patterns with different treatments associated to each pattern. Itchy watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing are categorized as a “wind cold” pathogen. While a sinus headache may be considered a “wind damp” pathogen and a stuffy nose with red dry eyes and sore throat can be considered a “wind heat” pathogen. Each pathogenic pattern is addressed through acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Acupuncture for Allergies
Once an understanding of the root cause of allergies is determined, acupuncture treatment helps to reduce allergy symptoms. Points that help to alleviate allergy symptoms are LI 20 which is located on either side of the nose. This point helps to reduce nasal congestion and inflammation. Yin tang, which is located in between the eyebrows on the forward helps to reduce pressure in the head. LI 4 located in the web between the thumb and index finger help to reduce pain associated with headaches. UB 67, located on the head helps to clear sinus congestion in the head and nose. Many other points will be added to point prescriptions depending on the specific diagnosis.
Chinese Herbal Medicine for Allergy Relief
Along with acupuncture treatment for allergies, Chinese Herbal medicine treats allergy symptoms. Different herbal formulas are prescribed depending on what kind of symptoms appear. Warm and drying herbal formulas help to address symptoms such as heavy headedness, fogginess, nasal and head congestion and sneezing. Cooling herbs that help to clear a pathogen that causes allergies may be given to someone who experiences dry red eyes, sore throat and sneezing. The combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine for allergy relief helps to naturally aid the body in dissipating symptoms. Once symptoms are alleviated, I prescribe Chinese herbs to help which help to build the immune system preventing allergies from re-appearing. The treatments are tailored to the symptoms.
Other than acupuncture and herbs, I have patients take 1000mg vitamin C., vitamin D and zinc which help to boost immunity and reduce inflammation.
If you are suffering from allergies, please give us a call to book your appointment at 917.763.8560.