Carolyn Dew, RAc
Allergies are on the rise in Canada, with estimates of up to 25 % of Canadians suffering from allergies. Besides environmental exposure, excessive and chronic stress as well as poor lifestyle habits (thru diet, lack of exercise, and not enough sleep) can unbalance the immune system and trigger allergies and/or make seasonal allergies worse.
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers seasonal allergies, as well as asthma and sinusitis, as respiratory diseases that can be helped effectively with acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers the Lung System as the first organ to come into contact with allergens. In a weakened state, it will be vulnerable to allergens and will lead to difficulty breathing and sinus congestion. The Liver system meanwhile, enables the body to adapt to its environment. The Spleen system is in charge of digestion and is seen as the source of excess mucous and phlegm.
By working with the energy of the Lung, Liver, and Spleen systems, acupuncture helps to calm the exaggerated immune response and assist with breathing. Acupuncture treatments can reduce acute allergy symptoms and can also be used preventatively before allergy season. Often Chinese Herbal Medicine treatments are used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment to help relieve chronic allergies and sinusitis.