Allergy symptoms

With the beginning of spring and flowers always comes wind and pollen, which are for many people signals of the start of the allergy season. Tree pollens are the most prevalent pollens during spring as many trees are prolific pollinators too. Grass and weed pollens follow in late spring and during summer and airborne mold spores can be found almost year round, as well as other common allergens such as dust and animal dander in many cases.

An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of your immune system that occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to normally harmless substances in the environment. An allergen is the substance that causes a reaction.

Many allergens like for example dust or pollen are airborne particles. In these cases, symptoms arise in areas in contact with air, such as eyes and nose including lungs. For instance, allergic rhinitis causes sneezing, irritation of the nose, itching, and redness of the eyes. Inhaled allergens can also lead to asthmatic symptoms.

Chinese traditional medicine

Chinese medicine often registers allergic rhinitis as related to wind noting that symptoms that cause congestion and other discomforts. This Wind often coexists with a deficiency of the Protective or Wei Qi. The nearest thing we associate with the Wei Qi in the west is resistance to colds and other respiratory infections. People with Wei Qi deficiency catch colds easily, and allergy symptoms may be particularly bad in the spring or fall seasons. According to Chinese traditional medicine, people with chronic allergies show signs of kidney and lung deficiency.

The Chinese technique of Acupuncture can help reducing allergy symptoms

Treatments often include dietary modification, the use of specifically chosen herbal formulas, and the technique of acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine that can be used for many chronic diseases, especially chronic pain in the patient. The process involves inserting needles into the skin at exact points in the body, which is supposed to restore the balance of other exact points.

Most studies on acupuncture used to treat allergies but they are poorly designed. This means that the results about the treatment of an allergy are not sure enough up to scientific standards. Many of these studies fail when it comes to treat seasonal allergies but it depends also on each case. If you really feel up to try acupuncture we recommend you to ask for a free trying season in a Acupuncture Centre in Beijing.


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