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Spring Allergies

Spring Allergies

Spring AllergiesSpring is here: new beginnings, fresh starts, and spring allergies. For the next six to eight weeks, our blooming trees — oak, cypress and bayberry — created enough pollen in 2002 to put Tampa at the top of the list of the worst towns for bad spring allergies.

According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation things have improved for Tampa’s spring allergy sufferers since then. Here in Tampa we’ve got 11 species of oak alone spewing billions of pollen particles into the air, covering our vehicles, and sneaking into our houses. Park your car under an oak tree for any amout of time during pollen season and you will find it covered with a familiar greenish-yellow pollen.

If you’re one of the people who suffer from seasonal allergies, this time of year can become a blur of runny noses, sneezing, itchy eyes, headaches, fatigue, difficulty breathing, and coughing. Allergic symptoms like these, along with inflammation and swelling of nasal passages, may turn into sinus infections, asthma, ear aches, and upper respiratory infections. Many people don’t know that seasonal allergies also can worsen depression, digestive issues, and joint pain.

Rather than temporarily alleviating these symptoms the way allergy medications do, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treat the root cause of the symptoms and over time help your body reduce future allergy symptoms.

Two distinct theories on allergies

From a biomedical perspective, when plants release their pollen, some people’s immune systems overreact, turn on their attack responses, including the release of histamine which causes inflammation and muscle constriction. Problem is there’s no invader and our bodies are confusing our own cells with “the attacker,” unleashing a storm of immune reactions including extra cellular fluid leaking, swelling, dilated vessels, increased blood flow and draining.

In acupuncture theory, seasonal allergies are not isolated to the histamine response. Rather, they are seen as a general disruption of a person’s self protection mechanisms.

Instead of accepting the overreactive immune response and suppressing it with antihistamines, acupuncturists ask, why is this person’s immunity compromised? And what can we do to bring it back to balance?

How does acupuncture treat allergies?

In acupuncture theory, a person who develops allergy symptoms after being outside is often treated for something we in Acupuncture Land call “Wind.” In Chinese medicine our traditional diagnosis often sounds like a weather report. Wind as a source for disease is characterized by a sudden onset of symptoms, itching, and changeability.

An untreated Wind condition over time can lead to other conditions that involve symptoms linked to Heat or Dampness. To modern eyes Heat and Dampness in our nose looks a lot like a sinus infection– think yellow discharge, swelling, and pain.

Regular acupuncture treatments optimize immune function and can often prevent future infections. And if you need more support, Chinese herbal treatments can reinforce the effects of acupuncture.

Seasonal allergies are something many people have come to accept as an inevitable part of springtime, a trade off of sorts for the warm weather. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Chinese medicine can relieve and prevent seasonal allergies, without negative side effects. So go out and celebrate spring, no strings—or Kleenex—attached.

Allergy Tips

 

Thanks to Arizona acupuncturist Britta Van Dun for inspiration from her article Allergies Have Sprung.
Nap Packs: Two Package Deals

Nap Packs: Two Package Deals

Acupuncture Packages Available Saturday, Nov 26 to Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at the Clinic Discount cards… We’ve got ’em! We offer 2! kinds of Nap Pack Specials: the Nap Pass and our new 3-Pack. Both help you get more acupuncture. Some folks use the special rate as a chance to see what more frequent acupuncture will… Continue Reading

International Cooperative Day: July 2nd

International Cooperative Day: July 2nd

Celebrate International Cooperative Day with us on Saturday, July 2nd! All POCA Co-op members get FREE acupuncture at Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture throughout the day. Click here to join! International Co-op Day 2016 International Cooperative Day 2016 falls on July 2nd. The event is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement and is observed on the first… Continue Reading

Celebrate May Day 2016 on May 2nd: POCA Members Get Free Acupuncture

Celebrate May Day 2016 on May 2nd: POCA Members Get Free Acupuncture

May Day 2016 Celebrate May Day with Your Co-op Members Monday, May 2nd, community acupuncture clinics around the world begin their 13th Annual May Day Celebration. Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture will join in the celebration on Monday by providing our POCA Co-operative members free acupuncture 2-8PM at the clinic (last session starts at 7PM). Join POCA and… Continue Reading

Buy an Acupuncture Mobile & Support POCA Tech

Buy an Acupuncture Mobile & Support POCA Tech

Up-cycled Acupuncture Tubes: Hanging Mobiles a fundraiser for POCA Tech You may have noticed the fancy mobiles hanging from the ceiling in the treatment area at the clinic. These crafty mobiles are designed and created by Mary Margaret Dobson, L.Ac. of Summerville Community Acupuncture in South Carolina. Made from recycled acupuncture guide tubes these nifty… Continue Reading

POCA Clinics in Florida

POCA Clinics in Florida

Community Acupuncture in Florida This summer while you’re traveling around Florida visiting family & friends and our fine beaches, fresh water springs, the Everglades, cities, and rural communities, visit your closest POCA clinic in Florida. I’m thrilled to write that there are now 12! clinics located around the state who provide affordable care in a community setting… and… Continue Reading

Help Ann Pay For Chemo

Help Ann Pay For Chemo

Keep Her Kansas Clinic Open *and* Pay for Chemo? Help Ann keep Kansas’ only community acupuncture clinic open and thriving. In addition to paying medical deductibles & co-pays, navigating cancer care, and getting through chemotherapy, Ann provides affordable acupuncture. Ann Rich is the owner of Ad Astra Acupuncture in Lawrence, KS and is undergoing treatment for Stage 3 ovarian cancer. Despite having health insurance, Ann… Continue Reading

11th Annual May Day Celebration: Free Acupuncture

11th Annual May Day Celebration: Free Acupuncture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/11/2014  Contact for Info: Gururas Khalsa Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture (813) 237-8920 gururas@seminoleheightsacupuncture.com Observe May Day with Us!  Tampa, FL — Thursday, May 1st, Community Acupuncture clinics around the world begin their 11th Annual May Day Celebration by offering free acupuncture. Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture will join in the celebration providing free acupuncture… Continue Reading

Why Commemorate May Day With Acupuncture?

Why Commemorate May Day With Acupuncture?

Why free acupuncture on May Day? Annual May Day Celebration Free Acupuncture Thursday, May 1, 2014 2-8PM Free treatments on May 1st are a community acupuncture tradition. If you’re new to community acupuncture, or unfamiliar with the history of May Day, also known as International Worker’s Day, you might well be wondering Why? International Worker’s… Continue Reading

Clinic Hours

Monday: 2PM – 8PM

Tuesday: 2PM – 8PM

Wednesday:  2PM – 8PM

Thursday: 2PM – 8PM

Friday: Closed

Saturday: 9AM – 2PM

Sunday: Closed

Walk-Ins Often Possible.
Appointments Recommended.

POCA

POCA

Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture, our staff, and volunteers are members of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture. POCA is a co-operative run and fueled by co-op members who believe that acupuncture should be available to people: learn more about that here.

We see acupuncture changing lives every day. It’s simple, safe and effective, as well as the most widely used medicine in the world! Last year POCA clinics, about 200 of them in all, gave more than 1 million treatments. Our goal is to make that number 50 million treatments by the year 2020.

We support the Community Acupuncture movement with our POCA membership and our volunteer hours.

We know that acupuncture can change the world, and would love for you to join us in The Calmest Revolution Ever Staged!

Interested? Help spread access to acupuncture by learning more about POCA.  Click here to join online.  Or drop by Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture to talk with us more about our favorite co-operative, POCA!

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