During these windy, dusty, dry times in Southern California, especially Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, San Fernando Valley, Palmdale and Lancaster; allergies can be brutal on our every day functioning. Stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes, sneezing, and headaches are common side effects of allergies. In the Chinese Medicine school of thought, these allergies are caused by the pathogen of wind. If, like for many people, your allergies get worse during the Santa Ana winds, this is not a far stretch.
In the Chinese Medical System, wind as a pathogen can be treated with acupuncture and herbal therapy. Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy serve to strengthen our immunity to pathogenic influence. They help our bodies stay in balance by reducing stress, creating harmony, promoting the smooth flow of Qi, and increasing the bodies Wei Qi, or Protective Qi. The Wei Qi, or Protective Qi acts like armor on the body to fight against pathogenic influences such as Wind-cold, Wind-heat, Dampness, or Dryness which all translate as colds, flues, fevers, arthritis, swelling, parched throat and skin, infections, and general malaise. It is especially difficult for people with weak Lung energy to fight off infection. Individuals who have a history of Lung energy issues like Asthma, Upper Respiratory Infections, Emphysema, Pneumonia, or frequent coughs are at greater risk for pathogenic influence during allergy season.
In the system of Chinese Medicine, it is our goal to increase the bodies strength to avoid illness in the first place. It is very good advice to seek acupuncture and herbal therapy before the Allergy Season is in full swing. It is important to change the bodies constitution to create strength and defensive energy before an acute condition occurs.
In some cases, illness is not prevented and in these cases, treatment of an acute condition must occur. In the treatment of an acute condition, Jun’s Acupuncture may utilize heat therapy, acupuncture, herbal therapy, dietary suggestions, or other holistic means to help the individual through the allergy season comfortably.
If you seek treatment before you get ill, that is the best choice, and we will help you. If acute illness occurs, Jun’s Acupuncture will still be able to help you get better faster and stay well.
A helathy and stress free life is our ultimate goal!