This time of year, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and there is pollen everywhere! Many people are extremely sensitive to these seasonal changes that can so quickly affect the immune system, causing itchy, watery eyes, stuffy noses, coughing and congestion. For some people these seasonal allergies are strictly an annoyance, for others they can be debilitating – aggravating other conditions such as asthma and chronic sinusitis.
The Lungs and the Stomach
In Chinese medicine, immune health is a delicate balance between the health of the lungs and the digestive system. In fact, the Stomach and Large Intestine meridians are some we treat the most for sinus pain, pressure, and excess phlegm.
This means, we need to take care of our digestive system through appropriate diet – this can include some basic supplements and probiotics as well as acupuncture treatment. But remember everyone is different, what works for one person may not work for someone else. The beauty in Chinese medicine is its ability to differentiate disease patterns.
For example, two patients may go to a doctor with sinusitis and be prescribed the same antihistamine. One may experience good results and one patient may still be suffering with sinus pain and pressure. Those two people may walk into my office and one may be treated for Lung Yin Deficiency with Stomach Heat versus the other who may be treated for Damp Phlegm in the Lung and Large Intestine Channels. These two diagnoses vary drastically and therefore need to be treated quite differently. When a patient is able to come for regular treatment and engage in lifestyle homework, the results can be quite transformative.
If you feel frustrated by seasonal allergies and conventional medicine is not working for you in a sustainable way, it is time to make a change. In my practice, many of my clients are able to decrease medications, increase quality of life, and rebuild their immune health.
Interested in how acupuncture can help with your immune health? Contact the office for a personalized consultation and treatment plan.
Catherine Craig L.Ac.