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pollen-thumbNew Yorkers love springtime.  Winter hibernation is over and we are instantly out enjoying the parks and the city.  But for many, spring time means seasonal allergies and hay fever.  And that means sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, headaches, skin irritation, and tickling in your throat.

Allergies are worse in the Northeast

It is estimated that 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.  And according to Greg Kress, the owner of Pollen.com, allergies are worse in the Northeast part of the country.  That means that a lot of those 35 million are living in our neck of the woods. And although we are a big city, we also have a lot of trees, grasses, and flower spreading their pollen, so New Yorker’s with allergies don’t get a free pass.

The good news for some, and bad news for others, is that according to Kress’s prediction, this year will be about the same intensity as last year.

What causes allergies

pollen-2Seasonal allergies are reactions to pollen spread by the wind.  Generally, allergies are worse from the end of March to June, but, depending on what plant you are allergic to, there are those who also suffer from allergies in the summer and fall as well.

When you breathe in the pollen, your body reacts as if the it were a disease causing pathogen and starts an immune reaction to combat it.  Antibodies attach the allergen and then histamines are released into the blood, which cause the symptoms.

Allergies can seriously impact your life

Everyone knows that the symptoms of allergies can are painful and uncomfortable, but it can also lead to other more severe adverse effects.

Allergies affect your productivity at work and school.  Currently, some scientists are starting to explore a link between depression, fatigue, insomnia, and allergies.

Natural Treatments of Allergies

The best thing to avoid allergies is to avoid the allergen.  But that’s not always possible, especially when the allergen is floating in the air we breathe.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are becoming more popular to treat allergies.  I see many patients to reduce allergies and prevent them.  It also is an effective drug free choice which has no side effects.  Unlike antihistamines, acupuncture does not make you drowsy.  Acupressure is also helpful.

How does Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat allergies?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are very effective at treating allergies.   Chinese medicine works by correcting imbalances in the body.  When the imbalance is corrected, your body can heal itself.

Acupuncture has long been used for allergies and some research is now showing that it is effective. Personally, I like to combine acupuncture, acupressure, and sometimes Chinese herbs for the most effective treatment.  In the following posts I will explain acupuncture theory behind treating allergies.

If you are interested in finding out more about how acupuncture can reduce your seasonal allergies, please call us at 917.887.4946 for a free consultation.

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