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Allergies: Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

by May 24, 2024

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The allergy season is upon us, it seems more and more people are suffering this spring. There is a plethora of over-the-counter medication for allergies. When patients come in the clinic for some relief, we first diagnose the specific reason for the patient’s allergic reaction. Many suffer from this ailment, but their irritants may vary widely. This is the primary reason why I am so passionate about acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Let’s explore an example to illustrate the diagnosis of allergy symptoms, focusing on sneezing caused by allergic rhinitis. It’s crucial to distinguish between sneezing associated with a common cold and that resulting from an acute Wind Invasion due to allergic rhinitis. Additionally, sneezing can be categorized as either Full or Empty in nature, characterized by a loud or low sound respectively. Chronic sneezing often stems from the persistent retention of Wind in the nasal passages. After this is determined the intern and Clinician will then work together to create a prescription which would include acupuncture points and possibly an herbal formula. We could also include other modalities like bloodletting, cupping, Gua Sha or Tui Na.

This collaborative approach ensures that the treatment not only addresses the symptoms but also considers the patient’s overall well-being and lifestyle. By integrating various modalities, the aim is to provide holistic care that promotes healing and restores balance to the body. The patient’s active participation in the decision-making process is encouraged to foster a sense of empowerment and engagement in their own health journey.

Next time you or a family member struggle with allergies, bypass over-the-counter medications and opt for a personalized and effective Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine treatment instead.

Learn more about NUHS’ acupuncture and herbal medicine programs here.

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About the Author

Monique Carter

Monique Carter

My name is Monique Carter and I am a student in National University's AOM program. I chose this program because the basic tenets of Chinese Acupuncture and Herbs align with a holistic healing process that is steeped in years of tradition and research. I anticipate that learning these skills and applying this knowledge will allow me to help many in need. Starting this journey at the age of 49 has been humbling as well as life-changing, I am excited and grateful!

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