Spring Allergies and Chinese medicine

With the official start of spring just months away, there’s no better time than now to consider using popular forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As mother nature comes out of its state of dormancy, flowers will begin to blossom, trees will develop leaves, and the snow-capped landscape will be replaced with flowing green grass. This massive change comes with some unwelcome side effects than TCM may prove useful in treating.  In Utah because of the beautiful outdoors and trees, there are many who suffer from seasonal allergies.  At Master Lu’s Health Center in Salt Lake City, we can help you with your allergies. spring-body-cleaning

While cold and flu infection rates typically diminish by the start of spring, a new problem begins to emerge: allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), approximately 50 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies (source). When exposed to pollen or other plant allergens, the individual may develop a runny nose, nasal congestion, eye redness, headache, sore throat, and other related symptoms.

Whether you suffer from mild, moderate or severe seasonal allergies, acupuncture will help. This centuries-old TCM involves the placement of fine needles in specific areas throughout the body. Acupuncture is believed to restore the body’s flow of energy (referred to as Qi) while stimulating the body’s self-healing mechanism. Acupuncture will change your body physiologically and allow your body to self heal.

In Chinese astrology, spring falls under the Wood element, meaning this time of year is closely related to the gallbladder and liver. According to TCM, one of the liver’s primary functions is to regulate Qi through the body. If Qi is blocked or restricted in any way, the individual will be susceptible to disease and illness. The bottom line is that you want to keep your Qi moving this spring season for optimal health.

Here are some tips to keep your Qi moving:

  • Limit (or eliminate) your intake of processed foods.
  • Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit.
  • Start your mornings off with a light stretching exercise like Qi gong or Tai Chi.
  • The warm weather offers the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and exercise.
  • Consume sour food and drinks. According to TCM, sour flavors stimulate the liver’s Qi.
  • Seek acupuncture and herbal treatments.

There are over 2,000 acupuncture points spread across 20 meridians, but none hold as much weight for the spring season as the Liver 3 (LV3). Located between the first and second toes, the LV3 (also known as the ‘springtime acupressure point’) is an acupuncture point that’s particularly beneficial for this time of year. It lives up to its namesake by channeling energy between the liver; therefore, conventional wisdom should tell you to focus on it during this spring. If you plan on scheduling an acupuncture session, ask the physician if he or she can target the LV3.

Give me a call today to learn how you can get back on track to better health!