TCM and Allergies

TweetIt’s that time of the year again. Itchy, red eyes. Stuffy, runny nose. The sneezing, the congestion… Allergies are here, and it seems this year they came back swinging harder than ever. Up to 25% of the population suffers from seasonal allergies, which is a whole lot of sniffles. There are so many options for treating seasonal allergies, but most Western medications end up drying out the system, leaving behind a raw feeling that’s... Read More

Staying Healthy This Season

TweetSeasonal changes affect the body’s environment. As we move gradually from Winter to Spring, patients are still coming in with colds/flu. Good lifestyle and hygiene habits are proven to reduce your risk of getting sick. Wash Your Hands – Studies have shown that one of the main reasons that we catch colds and flu in cold weather is that we are indoors and in closer vicinity to others. Protect yourself by washing your hands regularly and... Read More

Cold & Flu Season Tips

TweetI came across a fantastic article about cold/flu season while browsing through Naturally Knocked Up that I just had to share with all of you. Click here to read about Donielle’s natural cures & remedies for colds.  My advice?  Start implementing these tips now — an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!  Read More

Super Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Tweet Cold & Flu Season Already?! Ready or not, we are moving into cold and flu season. Chinese Medicine offers effective treatment and prevention for colds and flus. And, the best time to start implementing these tools is now! Schedule an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and/or an herbal consultation. I am happy to develop a customized treatment plan to boost your immune system so that you can smoothly sail through this Fall and Winter.... Read More

Healing Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Tweet Continuing on the topic of seasonal allergies, let’s look at some basic dietary shifts that can help alleviate seasonal allergies: Local, raw honey is a super-food that powerfully boosts the immune system because you are ingesting small amounts of local pollens. Local raw honey can be purchased at your neighborhood farmer’s market. Start by eating a 1/4 teaspoon per day. Other immune-boosting foods include: mushrooms (especially... Read More

More Tips to Alleviate Seasonal Allergies

Tweet A Neti pot is an ayurvedic healing method to wash out the sinuses with a saline solution. This method clears the nasal passages of allergens as well as decreases inflammation in the mucous membranes. It can be challenging to use but is really worth the effort. My patients report feeling much better very quickly using this daily. I also recommend showering and changing your clothes after being outdoors. Your clothes, skin and hair will collect... Read More

More Tips to Alleviate Seasonal Allergies

TweetIt’s the height of allergy season right now. Spring flowers and trees are in full bloom. Patients are suffering with runny nose, congestion, headaches, watery eyes, itchy eyes, increased phlegm, sore throat, cough, and asthma. Chinese Medicine offers a natural approach to help alleviate these allergy symptoms. Even better, with continued care, TCM can help decrease the severity and occurance of allergies, using a combination of acupuncture,... Read More

Homemade Tea for Itchy Eyes

Tweet  Allergy season is in full swing! Today the pollen count is high. Many of my patients are complaining of itchy, burning eyes and irritated sinuses. Here’s a simple, homemade tea concoction you can make to support your sinuses during this particularly pollen-filled time of year: The eye tea combination per 1 1/2 cups of water: 2-3 chrysanthemum flowers 1 tablespoon of dried peppermint leaves about 6 goji berries Simmer the goji berries... Read More

Acupuncture for Allergies

TweetWhile the spring brings with it warmer weather and a sense of rebirth, for many, it also brings on the dreaded seasonal allergies. As a result, millions of dollars are spent every year on allergy medications and shots, which often provide only mild relief. Allergies are caused by an over-reactivity of the immune system to certain allergens such as wind-born tree, grass, or weed pollen. Sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, headaches, fatigue,... Read More