According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our bodies are not only made up of energy referred to as qi, but we also have a protective layer called wei qi which serves to fight off colds and other pathogens that lead to respiratory issues. When the wei qi is deficient, the immune system can become compromised by certain allergies or other outside influences which can lead to sinus congestion, cold or flu-like symptoms, or chronic conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. There are specific acupuncture points and treatment methods that aid to balance the immune system by nourishing the lungs and wei qi, unblocking sinuses and clearing obstructions in the nasal passages, and drive out external pathogens leading to respiratory dysfunctions. Depending on the treatment plan and severity of the conditions, the acupuncturist may also recommend herbs in conjunction with acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, including a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, is a safe, natural and effective option for treating allergies.
- Seasonal Allergies
- Sinus congestion
According to TCM, when it comes to the common cold or seasonal allergies, external pathogens invade your body causing symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, wheezing, sore throat, or itchy, watery eyes. The state of your health during the changes in each season can determine the body’s response to these pathogens. For example, in the winter season, stress can weaken immunity. Other examples include overwork, insufficient rest or sleep, exercising too strenuously without resting and refueling the body. All these factors can produce deficiency in the body which in turn weakens the immune system. Our goal with acupuncture and Chinese herbs is to strengthen the body’s immune response to enhance and restore healthy function in order to maintain optimal health.