What are allergies?
More than one in four Canadians (8 million; 20%~25%) suffer from hay or seasonal allergic rhinitis. Not everyone has allergic reactions. Geographic location can take causing allergic reactions, and a family history also can be the reasons for reacting to certain allergens. In early spring, tree pollens are released, and grass and weed pollens are released in late spring and summer. These pollens can provoke an allergic reaction, known as hay fever (allergic rhinitis). There are also common year-round allergens, such as dust, dust mites, mold animal dander. The allergen causes symptoms such as itchy eyes and throat, sinus congestion and sneezing, asthma, and diarrhea. Physiologically, of IgE antibodies (which attach to white blood cells known as mast cells) occurs. When the mast cells are stimulated, they release a number of chemicals, including histamine, which the allergic reactions. This is a misplaced immunity and a learned response by the immune system.
Traditional Chinese Medicine for
The focus of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is to promote the healthy flow of qi (vital energy) that travels through the meridians of our bodies. With TCM, safe and natural treatments using acupuncture and Chinese herbs, allergies can be treated. Not only acupuncture but also Chinese herbal formulas help to treat allergy symptoms and strengthen immunity. To eliminate allergy symptoms, blockages, excesses, deficiencies imbalances that can occur in each of the meridians and organs need to be identified and corrected.
Allergy symptoms will either present as Feng (wind)-Han or Feng(wind)-Re. Wind, like the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, causes congestion. This wind often coexists with a deficiency of “Wei-qi”, the protective qi. Wei-qi is a type of vital energy that flows above the epidermis and protects our body from external attacks. Those with Wei-qi deficiency catch colds easily, and their allergy symptoms may be especially acute in spring or fall, which are windy seasons.
TCM treatment can reduce allergic reactions and soothe the causes of the symptoms. Typically, treatments for seasonal allergies are in two phases. First, during the pollen season, the focus will be to treat the acute symptoms by expelling the wind-cold or wind-heat. Second, after the pollen season, or when the symptoms have cleared, our focus is on treating the underlying problem by strengthening the immune system or Wei-qi. According to TCM, chronic allergies are often signals from spleen or kidney deficiency as well as lung problems. Thus, in allergies treatment, we seek for constitutional or more deeply rooted signs.
PACC TCM Intensive Care for Allergies
In the first session, acute allergy symptoms will be treated with acupuncture 40 ~50% of the symptoms will be relieved.
Depending on your constitution, extra treatments the beginning of spring and fall might be needed.