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Relieving the Agony of Allergy Season with Acupuncture

http://www.happyacupuncture.com/wilmington-nc/relieving-the-agony-of-allergy-season-with-acupuncture/

Spring season is here, and although that means flowering gardens and cool, sunny days, for many people it also means the agony of allergy season!

According to Chinese medical theory, allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and organ systems of the body.  These imbalances could stem from many different causes such as:  stress, poor diet, consitutional weakness, pollutants and environmental toxins such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses and pollen.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine counterattack allergy symptoms by working to support and strengthen Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”).   You can think of Wei Qi like the body’s immune system.  If Wei Qi is strong and abundant, one remains healthy.  But if Wei Qi is compromised, one becomes more suceptible to toxins, pollutants and stresses on the body.  If the supply of Wei Qi is abundant and flowing freely through the body, allergy symptoms can be greatly reduced or eliminated.  Traditional Chinese Medicine also considers the spleen, kidneys, and lungs when treating allergies.  Deficiencies or weaknesses in any of these organs can make one more prone to allergy symptoms.  Acupuncture treatments can build, balance and support these organs to increase health and wellbeing.

Many allergy sufferers prefer acupuncture to other methods of allergy treatment because it is a drug-free, safe, and natural method for eliminating symptoms and providing relief.  Here are some other tips that can help you minimize the adverse effects of allergy season:

  • Keep your windows closed during allergy season to prevent dust and pollen from entering your home.
  • Do not hang your clothes to dry in the sun as they will gather dust, mold and pollen.
  • Add spicy foods and omega-3 foods such as  flax seeds, walnuts, salmon, sardines, soybean, halibut, callops, shrimp, tuna and tofu to your diet.
  • Flush your nose with a Neti pot.
  • Wear a dust mask when working in the yard or housecleaning.
  • Schedule regular acupuncture appointments to keep your organs strong and your Wei QI flowing.
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Are our Allergies getting worse?

According to this article our allergies are getting worse because of global warming. Have a read of this!

By Kristal Roberts

http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/health/fall-allergy-season-expected-to-come-back-with-a-vengeance

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Coeliac Disease or Irritible Bowel Syndrome?

I found this very interesting article about coeliac disease (not to be confused with IBS). Although your symptoms may sound very much like coeliac disease self-diagnosis is not good and a blood test is required to give an accurate answer. One of the most common things we deal with in our clinic is IBS and the symptoms certainly mimic those of coeliac disease.

http://redondobeach.patch.com/articles/go-back-to-basics-for-healthy-eating

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Runny Nose: Allergies, Cold, or Sinus Infection?

These are really good articles about allergies and sinus infections. At DAATC which is based in Dublin, Ireland we believe that sinus problems are very often related to food allergies. Once we have identified the foods causing the problem an exclusion diet can work wonders.

By Denise DeWitt

http://www.empowher.com/allergies/content/runny-nose-allergies-cold-or-sinus-infection?page=0,1

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By Beverly Mc Govern  Dip. Ac., Lic. Ac.,  ITEC., IFR., Dip. Chinese Herbs, Dip. Nutritional Advisor,

 

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

This syndrome is a very upsetting and common condition.  Also known as Spastic Colon.  It occurs because the muscles that lie in the gut or intestines don’t function properly causing irritation, spasm and pain.  Erratic contractions of the wall of the intestines causes normal peristalsis movement (wave like action that propels food through the digestive system) to become irregular.  The illeocaecal valve (valve in the bowel) is also prone to spasmodic attacks.  Bowels may not empty properly and faeces can be like rabbit like pellets.  In severe cases blood may also be seen in the bowel motion/stool.

The symptoms are Diarrhoea, Constipation, Flatulence, Cramps & Spasms, Irritation and Inflammation of the intestines, Low back pain and Haemorrhoids.  There is no known organic reason for this condition but the following can affect it:  Stress, Diet, Lifestyle, Food Intolerances and Nutritional Deficiencies.

What Can help it?

I would recommend finding out if there are any food intolerance or vitamin and mineral deficiencies by simple testing.  The tests are pain free and provide instant results.  But lifestyle also must be examined.  Stress over a long period of time can cause a person to be deficient in certain B Vitamins.  If there is ongoing diarrhoea then a person may well be magnesium and other minerals deficient.  Inflammation and irritation in the intestines responds well to specific Chinese Herbs.

For severe constipation it is very important that the food is chewed well, that sufficient water is being consumed and that regular healthy eating habits are adhered to.  A healthy lifestyle is also paramount.  This should include enough sleep and regular activity eg: walking, swimming, etc.  Stress can be another big factor in Irritable Bowel Syndrome and it is important to address it.  This may involve lifestyle changes, specific acupuncture treatments, nutritional supplementation, stress management and dietary changes.

Where there are food intolerances, a food exclusion diet would usually be recommended.  That is where an intolerance test pin points certain offending foods and they are then excluded from the diet for a short period of time.  In my experience 80% of Irritable Bowel Syndrome cases are food related to some degree.  IBS is no longer a condition that you have to suffer in silence.  It can be helped.

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Detox to Boost Fertility?

This is something that we support in our clinic.  It is something we cover in our initial consultation for anyone trying to conceive or hoping to start in the near future.  This article is from the Sydney Morning Herald and is by Michelle Bridges who is an author and a trainer on “The Biggest Loser”.  Our clinic would agree and employ most of the advice in this article.

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/detox-to-boost-fertility-20110712-1hbe4.html

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"Rubbing your eyes will only make it worse!"

Any hay fever or eye allergy sufferer will have told you this was true!  You get that first knawing itch of the eyes and you try not to touch but next thing your hand is rubbing the offending eye and lo and behold the itching suddenly becomes far worse and you feel like tearing your eyes out!!  Sound familiar??

Well now there is medical science to back this up and explain it.   It is now understood that rubbing the eye causes more harmful molecules to be released.  I found this article on readingeagle.com

http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=319483

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Fight Against Asthma goes High-tech.

A simple but interesting device is attached to a regular inhaler and it allows the data about when the inhaler is being used to be tracked.  So how often and when.  This in turn helps physicians pin point the patients that need different and perhaps preventative medications to control their asthma better and thus help prevent overuse of inhalers.  An interesting article reported by Rachel Ballion from nbc15.com

http://www.nbc15.com/health/headlines/Fight_Against_Asthma_Goes_High-Tech_125183619.html

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Australia – World's Food Allergy Capital?

This is a great explanatory article on food allergies and sensitivities.  It explains the differences and also looks at the concept of a “window of opportunity” when introducing foods to babies and young children to lessen the chances of an allergy developing.  It is written by Emily Dunn and I found it in The Sydney Morning Hearld.

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/australia-worlds-food-allergy-capital-20110718-1hkn4.html

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When an allergy is more serious than Not Liking Vegetables!

I liked this short article by Meghan Cox Gurdon in the Washington Examiner merely as it gives a brief insight into the fear a serious allergy can bring to a family.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/2011/07/when-allergy-more-serious-not-liking-vegetables

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