Some of the most common allergies we are regularly exposed to include pollen, cedar, mold, grass and ragweed. When we inhale these allergens, they enter our bodies and our immune system goes into defense mode by attacking these pathogens with a chemical known as histamine. Histamine is released into the eyes, nose, skin, lungs, and even your gut with the intention of ridding them from the body. However histamine can cause inflammation, leaving us with reactions such as itchy, red eyes, coughing, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, or fatigue.
Thankfully, there are many natural remedies you can try that may help reduce or control your allergy symptoms:
Research has shown acupuncture to be a safe, effective treatment option for reducing allergies symptoms. Treatment is focused on clearing nasal and throat passages, strengthening the immune system and treating other underlying imbalances in the body. A thorough treatment plan is conducted based on the presenting symptoms along with remedying the root problem contributing to allergic reactions.
- Herbal remedies
There are several herbs that act similarly to antihistamines and may help relieve allergy symptoms. Butterbur, for example, is an herb coming from a European shrub shown to be a natural remedy for treating seasonal allergies, migraines, and reducing inflammation and asthma. During your acupuncture visit, your acupuncturist may also prescribe or recommend specific herbal formulas for you based on your presenting symptoms and underlying conditions.
- Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains antibacterial properties that work great for boosting the immune system and promoting lymphatic drainage. It is recommended to mix one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water to relieve allergy symptoms.
- Increase fluid intake
It is important to stay hydrated when experiencing sinus congestion or other associated symptoms. Drinking plenty of water can help thin and drain mucus residing in the nose and throat. It is important to stay away from caffeinated beverages as it can cause the body to further dehydrate.
- Essential oils
Adding essential oils to a diffuser, bath, or diluting and lightly applying to the skin can help provide allergy relief. Peppermint and eucalyptus oils contain anti-inflammatory agents to help reduce congestion and promote lymphatic drainage, while lemon or other citrus-scented oils can help clear up sinuses as well as boost energy and mood. Please note that certain essential oils may contain other allergens and it is important to do a skin patch test prior to use.
Imbalances or compromises to the immune system often cause allergic reactions, and studies have shown that having healthy bacteria in your gut can greatly reduce the presence or recurrence of allergy symptoms. Probiotics can help increase immune cells and stimulate other beneficial immune substances to block pathogens from hindering the body.
- Manage stress
Experiencing higher amounts of stress can have an impact on your overall well-being as well as compromise your immune system. Prioritize your mental health and consider implementing certain practices into your day such as meditation, breath work, or other healthy forms of self-care.
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If you’ve been struggling with cedar allergy symptoms and have been searching for “acupuncture near me”’, look no further than Essence Acupuncture & Wellness. Our clinic in Alamo Heights area is currently open for patient visits from 9:00 am. to 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and Saturday 9:00 am. to 1:00 p.m. Our Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist are also available for phone consultations and can ship herb orders if needed. Please do not hesitate to call us at 210.236.5862 or send us a message with your questions and concerns.