Breathe Into Spring: Sunshine and Flowers and... Sinus Problems? Oh My!
By Aculosophy, April 2018
The winter months are finally behind us, and to flu season we say “good riddance!”
Although Spring 2018 may have started off on a strange note with its seemingly indecisive weather patterns – our anticipation for longer days and warm weather intensifies.
Unfortunately for some of us, this seasonal shift brings along the threat of allergy season and the joyful symptoms that come with it. From itchy eyes and congestion to aches, pains and sneezing – the season of growth may feel a bit less than inspiring.
As a result, many people find themselves amidst their local pharmacies searching for the best antihistamine to make their days manageable.
Although these antihistamine solutions may temporarily block the allergy symptoms from occurring, many of them will eventually present side effects that resemble the allergic reactions themselves after a prolonged period of use.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture treatment is the go-to therapy for alleviating allergy symptoms, addressing the root cause and even strengthening the immune system without any adverse side effects.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE, EXACTLY?
Practiced for over 3,000 years, acupuncture is one aspect of Chinese medicine used to treat a variety of physical and mental health conditions. As TCM works with the body’s ability to heal itself, acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points along the body to regulate the flow of vital energy.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is founded on the belief that diseases are caused by a disruption within the body. By improving the flow of oxygen (qi) and nutrients (ying qi) throughout the blood vessel system, acupuncture is able to activate movement within the body providing every cell with the nourishment it requires.
As every organ relies on the support of blood flow, the nutrients contained within our blood also rely on the food we eat, the hormones we produce, oxygen and the body’s natural ability to create anti-inflammatories or painkillers. As a result, acupuncture is often paired with herbal medicine and nutritional therapy.
As many symptoms may be resulting from deficiencies within the inner organs, acupuncture will stimulate certain points across the body’s “meridians”. With over 300 pressure points to work with, these meridians can be thought of as blood vessel pathways supplying the rest of the body with what it needs. By stimulating points along these pathways, acupuncture activates the body’s physiological responses for healing itself.
HOW ACUPUNCTURE CAN HELP WITH SINUS HEALTH
With a better understanding of how acupuncture works, it is much easier to understand how activating specific points along the nasal cavity will allow for any trapped mucus to drain and breathing to improve.
See for Yourself:
The next time you experience the discomfort of nasal congestion, try applying pressure to the points between your eyebrows, or the points just below your nose for a minute at a time. You will likely experience immediate, but temporary relief.
As these points interact with our body’s ability to heal itself, treating sinus problems with professional acupuncture therapy will also provide the following health benefits:
· Increase Endorphins
· Improve Mood
· Reduce Inflammation
· Increase Circulation
· Enhance Natural Painkillers
· Increase Ratio of Immune Cell Types
Whether you are suffering from seasonal allergies, a bacterial infection or even the common cold – we can help.
Book a consultation to enjoy the season of renewal, sneeze free!