It is nice to smell the Spring air in the morning. As the tress and flowers start to bloom, I feel that life is so hopeful and lively. But I guess many people don’t like Spring, I see that my friends and clients are starting to suffer from Spring allergies, sniffling, sneezing and itching. Spring, for them, is the time of year that seasonal allergies occur, it has become their annual ritual to suffer. Each year, at least 10 million Canadians (over 30 million Americans) fall prey to seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever, 1 out of 5 suffers from it.
Whatever the allergy triggers are, when they get into the nose of someone who’s allergic, they send the immune system into overdrive. The immune system, mistakenly treat the allergens as foreign invaders, releases antibodies — substances that normally identify and attack bacteria, viruses, and other illness-causing organisms. The antibodies attack the allergens, which leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms of allergies.
By understanding that it is our body over-reacting, we can cure ourselves by working on ourselves. As bizarre as it may seem, our over-reaction to the outside allergens is the main reason for our own suffering.
How to change ourselves?
If we use acupuncture, we are not trying to strengthen or weaken your immune system, it is neither too strong nor weak, it is just too sensitive. We would probably work on your stress level, balance your response system. When you are calm, you can handle the dust, you can allow pollens in the air.
If you want to cure yourself without the help of medication or acupuncture, you can also try self-affirmation.
Tell yourself that the world is safe for you, all is well.
The seasonal allergy that we have is a pattern that we created. We believe that the allergy season has arrived, and so we react to it by repeating the symptoms. We create that belief.
By changing this belief, we take actions to change the outcome. For example, when we start to itch or sneeze, we have to calm our body, tell ourselves that all is well, we don’t need to over-react to the allergens. They are just doing their work and we don’t need to be affected. We can breathe in safely without negative consequences.
Nasal Congestion and Acupuncture
One of the most commonly conditions we see in our practice is Allergic rhinitis. According to WHO, Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) is one of the conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment.
It is proven, acupuncture can treat allergic rhinitis and the response is, frankly, quite amazing.
Well, when a condition is still affecting 10%-30% of the population, I wouldn’t claim that we have an easy fix. But during treatment, one of the most annoying symptoms, nasal congestion, normally can be relieved by the insertion of one single needle.
Please note that, the symptom might strike back after the needle has been removed, depending on the nature of the allergy and the causes. (sensitivity of the allergen and other factors.)
But wouldn’t it be nice if those who suffer hay fever can get relief by learning how to treat with their own hands, using a few specific acupuncture points? It is actually quite easy to do once we find out which of your meridians are imbalanced, and you can stimulate the points by acupressure.
I recommend those who are suffering allergic rhinitis to come and have treatments with us. We will be more than happy to show you a few tricks you can do on your own when these allergy symptoms bother you. But of course, better yet, you can just sit down comfortably in a very relaxed environment and be treated, maybe within a few sessions, all your symptoms will be gone.