Spring is approaching, and for many of us that means experiencing itchy and swelling eyes, a runny nose, and a scratchy throat. These symptoms are the result of your body reacting to allergens such as pet dander, mold, dust mites, and pollen. In response to these allergens, your body’s immune system releases inflammatory substances such as histamines resulting in many common springtime allergy symptoms. This is also why antihistamines are often prescribed to combat spring allergies. Furthermore, in the springtime, your allergies often get worse due to the significant increase in pollen from trees, grass, weeds, and other plants in the air.
Eastern Medicine and Seasonal Allergies
From the perspective of Eastern medicine, seasonal allergy symptoms occur due to imbalances in your energy and meridian systems, as well as “Wind-Heat” pathogens that are more prevalent in the spring and summer. More specifically, they occur when your defensive energy, known as Wei Qi, decreases. Your Wei Qi is constantly circulating throughout your body’s meridian systems, and when you are exposed to allergens the balance of your Wei Qi is jeopardized. This is because allergens can trigger imbalances, thus aggravating your allergy symptoms.
How Acupuncture Helps
Generally, acupuncture works by strengthening your meridians and ensuring that your body’s energies are flowing freely without deficiencies or blockages. By targeting specific areas of your body, acupuncture can regulate and promote the production of your Wei Qi, therefore offsetting the imbalances caused by Wind-Heat pathogens and reducing your allergy symptoms. Infact, you may reverse the effects of Spring allergies by encouraging the production of your Wei Qi through acupuncture in combination with diet and lifestyle changes.
You may only notice your body’s energy and meridian systems are imbalanced in the spring, but that doesn’t mean that they are balanced year-round. Consider utilizing acupuncture all year as an effective way to maintain your health and promote balance.