Seasonal allergies? Manage them naturally

In 2015, we are not seeing the pollen that we usually see this time of year. Autumn has been late this year; maybe because of all the rain, who knows? (I can still work out in my pool and that’s not usual either!) Patients are complaining of sinus pressure and stuffy noses one week, and runny noses with headaches this past week. This is right on schedule, according to the ancient Asians.

We didn’t have our usual “late summer colds” after the kids went back to school this year (it’s called “Wind Cold” in Chinese). What’s strange about these colds is they have associated with them sore throats and mild fevers. These symptoms started in early August this year, even before school did, and that’s unusual. In Oriental Medicine we call this Wind Heat. So I hope we don’t have a bad autumn season.

I believe the best solution is Acupuncture (Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. There are documented protocols for treating sinus conditions and colds.but the suggestions below also help with the symptoms that come with autumn/winter).

If you are suffering from seasonal allergies, here are some additional simple suggestions to help you manage your way through the “hay fever/allergy season”:

  1. Don’t wear the clothes in the house that you worked in the yard wearing. After working in the yard take your clothes off in the garage. Then take a shower and wash your hair. Don’t sleep on a pillowcase with hair that has pollen in it.
  2. Wash your hands, wash your hands and wash your hands!
  3. Use a saline spray to flush out sinuses or a netti pot with saline and water. Dr. Oz said also recommends putting a pinch of baking soda in it. (By the way, he also said Acupuncture was “THE BEST OF THE BEST” for pain relief!)
  4. Drinking hot tea with honey (if you can tolerate honey); any tea would do.
  5. Slice a lemon and put salt on it (if you can tolerate salt), and eat it quickly. The salt dissolves phlegm and lemons are astringent according to Oriental Medicine.
  6. Drink a cup of hot water with lemon.
  7. Place a really warm wet washcloth over your face and breathe in and out.
  8. Cook asparagus (or use canned) and blend it up. You may add a little water or butter if needed. It has to be blended and cooked to mush. You will be surprised how much better you will feel.
  9. Vitamin A, C and D are especially helpful.  In our clinic, have many great Homeopathic Medicine formulas at our clinic.  These are very safe, very effective, and inexpensive. (You can call (386-734-4126) or e-mail me if you can’t get into the clinic and we will put together a prescription for you.)
  10. Rub your face gently but firmly around the sides of your nose, forehead, top of your head and temples.  A “BIG” Acupuncture point is between the thumb and first finger in the “web.”
  11. Eat more vegetables and a lot less sugar and dairy. Seven servings of vegetables a day is ideal.  Lettuce, corn and French fries don’t count. And, of course NO GRAINS!
  12. In Oriental Medicine, the following foods are recommended for allergies – green onions, apples, strawberries, radishes, star fruit, and carrots. They help dissolve phlegm and thin mucus.  Eating hot peppers and horseradish will open up your sinus also.
  13. Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Pick something you like to do – dance, walk (fast), or jog in a heated swimming pool. It keeps your Qi flowing – one of the reasons you get headaches and facial pain is stagnated Qi.

If you have allergies and have not tried AcuSET the treatment protocol I developed – please ask us about it (read my personal testimonial here) or read more about it on our website. Also check out the video on the “Welcome Page” – “Take a Tour” here.

If you did the protocol above and still have problems, please CALL US ASAP at 386-734-4126. We want everybody feeling great. Last summer I ordered 500 new vials to treat you for your allergies, including new ones. Be sure you’re an AcuSET patient. That’s where we start!

And, please – do yourself a BIG favor – call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture four times a year will help keep you healthy.

Fondly, Dr. Rusty