Springtime Allergies Are Nothing to Sneeze At

March 5, 2019 by Free Spirit Wellness

After another long, cold, dreary Western PA winter, springtime — thank goodness — is nearly upon us! Of course, along with the flowers and warmer days comes something else: seasonal allergies. The sneezing. The runny noses. The red, itchy, watering eyes. It almost makes you wish it was winter again. Almost. 

The good thing is there are healthy, natural ways to deal with springtime allergies and eliminate all those nasty symptoms. Here at Free Spirit Wellness and Acupuncture, we use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help people manage their allergies so that they can go outside and enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year. We don’t just suppress the symptoms of allergic reactions with over-the-counter medicines. We go to the source, providing personalized, effective treatments that offer a long term, curative solution.

Modern Western medicine sees allergies as just another condition to treat with shots or drugs. TCM, on the other hand, sees springtime allergies as an imbalance in the flow of Qi (pronounced /chee/) or one’s vital energy, specifically in the area of the nasal and sinus cavities. Deficiencies in lung and/or spleen Qi can affect one’s respiratory functionality and cause an overproduction in mucus, leading to that person being more susceptible to allergic reactions. 

At Free Spirit, we use the time-tested art of acupuncture along with herbal supplements to help reverse this imbalance and enable your Qi to flow freely. And we do this by creating a unique plan that is specific to you and your particular symptoms. We offer a holistic approach to your allergies, working to strengthen your immune system, which, due to stress and other environmental factors, has been weakened. 

Some of the herbs we use include Huang Qi, Chi Shao, Cang Er Zi, and Bai Zhu. Through acupuncture, our patients experience long term, and sometimes immediate, relief from their symptoms.

Don’t let your allergies keep you from enjoying another beautiful spring season. Stop in today and let us create a custom-tailored allergy management plan just for you!