What Journey Are You On? • April 2024

Root Whole Body Blog


In Chinese Medicine, there is a belief in proactively addressing illnesses before they manifest. Practitioners focus not only on alleviating current symptoms but also on treating the underlying causes of the illness to prevent the symptoms from arising in the first place. As we walk through allergy season, now is an opportune moment to restore your body’s optimal balance, potentially avoiding or minimizing the symptoms that can cause us to not enjoy the season as easily.

Spring presents a chance to enjoy the fragrance of blossoming flowers, spend evenings on the lawn, and engage in outdoor activities like hiking and gardening. Unfortunately, for many, spring can also bring about issues such as itchy eyes and skin, rashes, congestion, difficulty breathing, fogginess or fatigue, and a general inability to fully enjoy being outdoors.

Chinese Medicine excels not only in addressing allergy symptoms as they arise but also in preparing the body to decrease or prevent these irritating reactions throughout the entire season. Through regular practices like acupuncture, herbal remedies, cupping, and diet, we can assist you in embracing the beauty and vitality that spring has to offer.

Allergy as an Immune Reaction

Allergies are exaggerated immune responses to normally harmless substances, known as allergens.

Imbalance in the body’s immune system exposed to allergens leads to typical allergy symptoms such as swelling, watery eyes, runny nose, and more. Holistic approaches, like acupuncture, have been effective in modulating the immune system and reducing allergy symptoms.

Root Causes of allergies

Chinese Medicine, aims to identify and treat the root cause of illness, this often includes identifying triggers that provoke an immune response.

Triggers for immune responses, such as specific foods, plants, and chemicals, are identified and managed to prevent the onset of allergy symptoms.

acupuncture for allergies

Spring, a season for vibrant outdoor activities, often comes with allergy symptoms like itchy eyes and congestion.

Research supports that regular acupuncture treatments can reduce the allergic histamine and cytokine response and will help to alleviate symptoms of itchy eyes, throat, and nose.

Caution with Allergy Medications

While allergy medications like antihistamines are commonly used, they may have short-term and long-term side effects.

Tolerance build-up and harm associated with chronic use of antihistamines, decongestants, and corticosteroids may cause: increased blood pressure, headaches, sleeplessness, and more.

Allergy Relief with Holistic Approaches

Botanical medicine, including plants like stinging nettle and quercetin, offers natural solutions to reduce histamine and cytokine release, preventing common hay-fever allergies.

Cupping, when added to acupuncture, supports detoxification and immune system strengthening for allergy relief, targeting symptoms like asthma, congestion, and headaches.

If you’re someone who has questions about allergies or any holistic path to health, click below to get started!