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Spring Allergies

Spring Allergies

Spring AllergiesSpring is here: a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, and spring allergies. Billions of tree pollen grains (mostly from oak, cypress, and bayberry) will float over our yards, cars, ponds, and doormats for the next 6+ weeks. And this is nothing new. Back in 2002, Tampa made the top of WebMD’s 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. Park your car under an oak tree for any amount 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, earaches, 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 extracellular 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.
Our Custom Foot Soaks

Our Custom Foot Soaks

Healing Yourself with Foot Soaks Self Care with Custom Foot Soaks Headaches wreck your day? Do your feet make walking a challenge? Your back and knees hurt? Our custom foot soaks contain medicinal herbs and mineral salts used for centuries to revive our bodies and reduce pain. Check out the clinic’s “grocery shelves” in the reception… Continue Reading

Self Care: 12 Tips Acupuncturists Hope Everyone Remembers

Self Care: 12 Tips Acupuncturists Hope Everyone Remembers

Acupuncture wisdom? It’s really about self-care. There are many simple practices that, when done regularly, can drastically improve a person’s symptoms and overall quality of life. If only we remembered to do them, right?!? Here’s a list of our favorites, written down in one place to help you remember. Acupuncturists from around the country have… Continue Reading

Breathe to Reduce Holiday Stress

Breathe to Reduce Holiday Stress

Stress Busters! When life gets chaotic, and it invariably does, how do you cope? One convenient, effective (and free!) option is controlled breathing. Paying attention to your breath invokes the Relaxation Response, which can reduce stress, ease anxiety, and promote clear thinking, as well as slow down your heart rate and lower blood pressure. Making… Continue Reading

Weight Loss and Acupuncture

Weight Loss and Acupuncture

People often ask if acupuncture can help 
with weight loss. Here’s what we’ve learned. Acupuncture and Weight Management Acupuncture can be a great tool for PAIN management. When you have less pain, you’re more able to be physically active (and you’re more likely to enjoy it). Regular, moderate physical activity can be a huge help… Continue Reading

Street Medic Training

Street Medic Training

When There is No 911: a 4-Day Street Medic Intensive August 3 – 6, 2017 Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Limited space available Sliding Scale Donation: $100-$400 (contact Charly directly if this is a concern, please) To register contact Charly at 828-779-1623 (text) or caurelius1@gmail.com COURSE OVERVIEW Tampa area activists… Continue Reading

Nettles for Health

Nettles for Health

Nettles to Heal Allergies and Inflammation Nettles (Urtica dioica) are a popular herb in traditional Western herbalism, and frequently used to boost immunity and for the abundance of bioavailable minerals stored in its dark leaves. It is important to be able to identify this plant in our yards and when out in the woods for… Continue Reading

7 Acupuncture Tips for a Healthy Fall

7 Acupuncture Tips for a Healthy Fall

Fall is here! New seasons are an opportunity to realign with our body’s natural rhythms. Fall’s shorter days and cooler temperatures can help encourage the transition. From an acupuncture perspective, autumn is about refinement. A time to pare down, to let go of excesses we gave ourselves in summer, and focus on what’s necessary for winter.  Even here… Continue Reading

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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 150 of them in all, gave more than 1 million treatments.

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

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