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Fight off allergies this spring with Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • March 1, 2024
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Fight off allergies this spring with Traditional Chinese Medicine - Texas MedClinic Careers

Seasonal allergies are caused by exposure to airborne substances such as pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. When individuals with allergies come into contact with these allergens, their immune system reacts, releasing histamine and other chemicals that lead to allergy symptoms. Other triggers include mold spores, outdoor allergens like dust mites and pet dander, indoor allergens, air pollution, and weather changes.

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers several approaches to combat allergies, including herbs, acupuncture, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle recommendations. Here are some commonly used methods:

 

  1. Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow (Qi) and promote balance within the body. Acupuncture may help regulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, and alleviate allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes.

 

  1. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Chinese herbs are often prescribed in formulas tailored to individual needs by TCM practitioners. Herbs like Xiao Qing Long Tang and Bi Yan Pian are commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis (hay fever) symptoms. These herbs may help reduce inflammation, clear nasal congestion, and alleviate sneezing and itching.

 

  1. Dietary Adjustments: According to TCM principles, certain foods can exacerbate allergy symptoms by increasing inflammation or exacerbating imbalances in the body. TCM practitioners may recommend dietary modifications, such as avoiding dairy products, cold and raw foods, and excessive consumption of greasy or spicy foods, which are believed to contribute to phlegm production and worsen allergy symptoms.

 

  1. Lifestyle Recommendations: TCM emphasizes the importance of lifestyle factors in maintaining health and preventing disease. Practicing stress-reduction techniques such as Tai Chi, Qigong, and meditation may help support the immune system and reduce the impact of stress on allergy symptoms. Additionally, ensuring adequate sleep, staying hydrated, and avoiding environmental triggers can also be beneficial.

5. Nasal Irrigation: TCM often recommends nasal irrigation with saline solution or herbal decoctions to clear nasal passages and remove allergens. This practice can help reduce nasal congestion and improve breathing.

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