Over the past few weeks, I have seen an increase in patients coming in with sinus and allergy related issues. Most complain about congestion and pressure in the head, ears and nose. Some have a cough due to drainage from a post nasal drip.

Most people who come to the clinic have had a long history of problems with allergies. Many have regular bouts of cold or allergy symptoms turning into full blown bronchitis and/or sinus infections. Many have allergies as well as asthma.

Nancy came in for the first time this summer with complaints of allergies that had gradually gotten worse after moving to Houston many years ago. She had not found any combination of medications that had given her any measure of relief and was regularly suffering from bronchitis and sinusitis each winter and summer. She reported that the past couple of years have been particularly severe. In addition, she suffered with issues of regularity, gas and bloating and a general sense of heaviness in the body.

Nancy was given a summer allergy treatment along with herbs to dry the dampness in her body and strengthen her Chi (vitality of digestion & energy). The week after the first visit she returned to say she felt a 50% improvement. We discussed some dietary changes which would help with the amount of phlegm and damp in the body and she has done her part to “clean it up a bit.”

Nancy has continued to come in on a regular basis and no longer suffers from runny nose or heavy congestion in her chest. She no longer has problems with gas, bloating, digestive upset or a sense of heaviness in her body. The best part, however, is she never developed any bronchitis or respiratory infection during the height of the allergy season in Houston this past summer or fall. She still has some low level congestion in her head and ears, but that is more than likely due to having an allergy to her two cats. At the very least, her symptoms are at a minimum and she can spend quality time with her cats.

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