It is officially spring! Spring is the time of birth, where yang
energy is full and abundant. For many people, however, spring and
summer are seasons for allergies.
Allergies, or allergic rhinitis, are due to an over-reactivity
of the immune system to certain allergens. During spring and
summer, allergies are generally induced by wind-born tree, grass or
weed pollen, and can cause such symptoms as: sneezing; nasal
congestion; runny nose; watery, itchy, or red eyes; headaches;
fatigue; and sometimes coughing and wheezing. When allergens and
antibodies react in individuals with allergic rhinitis, their nasal
mucosa becomes swollen and may obstruct drainage from the sinuses
causing sinusitis in many people. Thus, sinus infections are a
frequent complication and consequence of allergic rhinitis.
While spring and summer are the seasons of the year that bring
us outdoors, many people are unable to enjoy these warmer months
due to uncomfortable symptoms. Chinese medicine can help bring
relief of symptoms, correct imbalances of the immune system,
prevent the occurrence of infection, and allow healing of tissues
of the sinuses.
From a Chinese point of view, allergic rhinitis is due to a
deficiency of the Lung and Kidney's Defensive-Qi systems, combined
with retention of chronic "Wind" in the nose.
Allergic rhinitis often starts in early childhood, with a
constitutional weakness, but it may also start later in life, with
a progressive decline of Kidney-Qi. Lung and Kidney Qi Deficiency
is the root of the problem, therefore, with herbal medicine and
acupuncture, we strengthen and nourish these organs. The
manifestation of the disease is Wind invading the Lung channel in
the nose. This accounts for the acute attacks. With herbs and
acupuncture, we clear the Wind, reduce congestion, and open the
nasal passages. It is necessary to treat both the root and the
manifestation in order to produce lasting results.
The western treatment of allergic rhinitis relies mostly on the
use of antihistamine agents. Unfortunately, antihistamines only
treat the manifestations of the disease and not the root. In
addition, they cause side effects such as dizziness, fatigue,
insomnia, nervousness, dryness, and gastrointestinal
Chinese medicine offers allergy sufferers a way to strengthen
their bodies and significantly reduce their symptoms, without
unpleasant side effects. You do not have to spend another season
living with allergies.
Here are acupuncture points from my class notes and CAM book. I
have clinically used these points in the clinic and I feel they are
very effective in treating allergies, postnasal drips and
Wind-Cold Affecting the Lung
Wind-Heat Affecting the LU
Signs & Symptoms
Word to the wise: The treatment protocols mentioned above are to
be used after a complete tongue and pulse examination. The
effectiveness of these treatments may vary based on the
differential diagnosis, while other points should be added or not
used based on your patient history and complete
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM blog. Have a
It is true that poor diet, pollution and stresses of daily life
all have negative impact on our health and well-being. Let's face
it, in our very busy lives we are bombarded by physical and
emotional stress that robs us of our vital life energy called Qi.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi fuels the essence
that connects our body, mind and spirit. Qi travels and circulates
through the channels of our bodies. When your Qi is weak, it
stagnates in these channels instead of powerfully flowing. As you
age, you may feel as though you no longer have the energy that you
I don't about most of us but I am always searching
for a way for a Qi-boost. Most days. I am bombarded with the noise
of five children and information overload from AOM classes at
night, online classes for herbal studies and holistic nutrition
certification, then working part-time on and off campus,
volunteering 4 hours a week, hitting the gym 3 times a week--and
that's just my schedule not including my kid's extracurricular
With all the non-stop activity, I easily feel drained,
scattered, stressed, and completely run-down. My desire is like
most of us who are busy people--how can I feel energetic and clear
minded and focus? Basically, I want to feel alive and not half-dead
My personal research has led to some great tips that I have
integrated into my life style that may be helpful for students,
faculty and our patients.
Also, keep in mind that to receive optimal benefits from food
and herbs, it is crucial that you choose in-season, natural foods
with no chemical additives or residues. Also, avoid overeating and
under eating because both will rob you of a consistent source of
I am currently taking the herb, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Pian to help
boost my Qi.
I hope that these tips will renew your energy.
Thank you for the continued support of the AOM blog. Remember to
increase your Qi this week!
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