What is an Allergy?
With spring just around the corner, seasonal allergies from the increased number of pollen is going to be a common thing for most people. You may ask yourself what exactly is an allergy. An allergy starts when the immune system mistakes a harmless particle or substance as something dangerous. The immune system will then create antibodies that will remain alert and be ready for the potential threat. Once exposed to the allergen again, the immune system will release the antibodies and these antibodies will produce immune system chemicals, which will cause allergy symptoms.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are great methods to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
How Acupuncture and TCM Can Help Seasonal Allergies
Acupuncture and TCM can help relieve common seasonal allergy symptoms such as:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Scratchy throat
- Puffy eyes
Treatments for allergies are typically focused at the front of the body. By stimulating the defensive qi in this area, your body can naturally improve immunity and work to lessen the onset of reactions.
Some TCM herbs are used to eliminate pathogens while others are thought to dry internal dampness, reduce phlegm or strengthen the Qi.
Essential Oils That Help Allergies
There are many essential oils and Chinese herbal formulas that can help prevent and lessen the severity of seasonal allergies.
Here are a few:
- Niaouli MQV Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Yu PIng Feng San Herbal Formula
Niaouli MQV is an essential oil that is extracted from a plant called the Melaleuca. This is an excellent oil for treating Wind-Heat viral conditions (such as the common cold with a fever and sore throat) and is especially useful for allergies. Niaouli decreases your histamine response, and is most effective when used before an anticipated allergy attack.
Peppermint oil is another great essential oil for reducing allergy symptoms. Peppermint oil enters the liver acupuncture meridian to unblock qi stagnation and help the body to release and relax; relieving allergy symptoms such as red itchy eyes, an itchy nose with sneezing, foggy thinking, or sinus pressure and headaches. Peppermint is a very strong oil, so it should always be used mindfully, and diluted if used topically.
Yu PIng Feng San is a herbal formula includes adaptogen astragalus, which helps protect the body against various stresses. This herbal formula is taken preventatively to boost the immune system, and can either be taken as an herbal tea or a capsule. Additional properties for this formula include tonifying the Lung and Spleen Qi and resolving dampness. It also protects the exterior from “wind invasions”, which means things that we can catch such as: colds, flus, and viruses.
If spring time allergies are coming at you, try out these oils and formulas to help reduce them. If those methods are not enough, you can contact our office to find out what Dr. Yuliya can do for you.