What To Do During Allergy Season in Houston, Texas?

You can tell it’s allergy season when people at the office are sneezing and can’t stop blowing their noses and rubbing their red eyes.

Are you like these millions of people who suffer from these springtime allergies?

Do you have irritating nose congestion, sinus issues, red itchy eyes that water, and runny nose?

Do you end up taking decongestants like Sudafed and western drugs like Claritin and still suffer from allergies?

If the answered is yes to all these, then we have a solution for you.

Here at Houston Acupuncture and Nutrition Clinic we are providing gentle, relaxing allergy relief by using Acupuncture.

You may not know that continually using decongestants may make your allergies worse from unwanted side effects like insomnia and increasing blood pressure. Likewise, antihistamines like Claritin and Zyrtec may cause drowsiness.

If you want to avoid these side effects and greatly reduce your allergy symptoms, you can consider Acupuncture.

Acupuncture relieves itchy red eyes, sinus congestion, and inflammation by using your own body’s immune system to heal and balance itself. Acupuncture primes or jump starts the body’s own defense system to rid they body of allergens.

Call us at 713-721-7755 to see how acupuncture can help you go about your day feeling healthy and symptom free!

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Houston, Texas! It’s Allergy Season

Allergies are in full bloom these days. I actually started seeing the itchy, watery, sneezy, goopy stuff in the office starting in January, but it’s in high season with the budding and flowering of our trees and bushes. The good news is acupuncture and chinese herbs are a great way to beat the allergy blues while concurrently building your immune system to better fight the allergy problems for next season. I can say that my patients who started last year to treat allergies are doing significantly better during this allergy season as a result of previous treatment. One patient told me it’s the first time she has not developed bronchitis and a severe environmental allergy attack in years.

I used to have allergies. After taking some allergy medication and almost going off the road in a hallucination type of reaction with my scalp feeling like it was crawling, I decided to get off the prescription drugs. Luckily it was about the same time I started studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine. That was twelve (12) years ago and I have not had one bout of sinusitis or an allergy attack since. (I also have not been to the chiropractor in the same amount of time for a back adjustment). It’s amazing how the benefits extend to the whole body with acupuncture!!

Even though we recently had some good rain to wash some of the pollen out of the air, I am continuing to get calls from people who are at their wits end with allergies. All of these new patients have tried everything Western medicine could offer and finally decided to give acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy a try.

Treating acupuncture in Chinese medicine generally involves the Spleen, which manages the distribution of fluids-think congestion, runny nose, dampness as well as the stomach and Large intestine channels (as they traverse the face, nose and sinus areas). Interesting those channels that affect the digestion have a lot to do with allergies that affect the face, nose, sinus and lungs. It makes sense that a strong, healthy core makes for a healthier body.

I get great satisfaction treating patients who have had long standing issues with allergies. The response can be fast, like right on the table. Congestion, post nasal drip, runny nose quite often is relieved within minutes of an acupunture treatment. Truthfully, it takes more than one treatment to resolve a long standing problem, but in the interim of treatment, symptoms go away while we gently strenthen the lungs and spleen and make you stronger for the next season of allergies. The good news is that patients often will become less dependent on prescription medications for managing their allergy symptoms. My patients are always amazed and pleased about that. Why wouldn’t you want to be more drug free?

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Allergy season is upon us-Houston, TX

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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