Allergies & other respiratory disorders
Allergies, or allergic rhinitis, are due to sensitivity and subsequent overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens. During spring and summer, allergies are generally induced by wind-born tree, grass, or weed pollen, and can lead to such symptoms as: sneezing; nasal congestion; runny nose; watery, itchy, or red eyes; headaches; fatigue; and sometimes coughing and wheezing. When allergens and antibodies react in individuals with allergic rhinitis, their nasal mucosa becomes swollen and may obstruct drainage from the sinuses causing sinusitis in many people. Thus, sinus infections are a frequent complication and consequence of allergic rhinitis.
Allergic rhinitis often starts in early childhood, with a constitutional weakness, but it may also start later in life, with a progressive decline of Kidney-Qi. Lung and Kidney Qi Deficiency is the root of the problem, therefore, with herbal medicine and acupuncture we strengthen and nourish these organs. The manifestation of the disease is wind invading the lung channel through the nose. This accounts for the acute attacks. With herbs and acupuncture, we clear the wind, reduce congestion, and open the nasal passages. It is necessary to treat both the root and the manifestation in order to produce lasting results.