In Chinese medicine the signs and symptoms of allergies relate to imbalance in the meridian system and organ systems of the body. These imbalances can arise from a multitude of factors including stress, poor nutrition, constitutional weakness, pollutants, and environmental factors.
Over time if not corrected these imbalances can affect the functions of the Organ systems. The most common organs that tend to be impacted are the Lungs, Spleen, Liver, and Kidneys.
Wei (way) Qi
The concept of "Wei QI" in Chinese Medicine is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. Wei Qi functions to protect the body against foreign substances, that if not caught can lead to allergy symptoms. When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we stay healthy. When the supply or quality of Wei Qi becomes inadequate, health is compromised, and we become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses and pollen.
Acupuncture & Chinese medicine support and strengthen the systems of the body that are involved in production of Wei Qi. By building the supply of Wei Qi and facilitating the smooth and free circulation of it through the body signs and symptoms related to allergies can be significantly reduced or eliminated all together.
What will an Acupuncturist do?
An acupuncturist will conduct a thorough examination with a complete health history. They will then develop an individual treatment plan that will address your specific condition. The treatment goals will be to eliminate visible signs and symptoms while also addressing the root causes and underlying imbalances affecting the quality and circulation of Wei Qi.
Acupuncture treatments may be combined with herbs, dietary recommendations, tui na, or exercise. These therapies are sometimes needed when acupuncture alone is not strong enough to treat the condition.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are a safe, natural and effective way to eliminate hay fever, allergies or the common cold.