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Both increased rain in recent months and above average temperatures in the past Fall and Spring seasons have increased allergy reactions. Another factor is an increase in carbon dioxide from pollution that will create increased pollen production. These factors cause a longer pollen season and are the ingredients contributing to global warming.

The reason that pollen makes some people sniffle and sneeze is because their immune systems attack it like a parasite. Our bodies attempt to expel the “parasite” through sneezing, eye tearing and other symptoms. This reaction is what we call an allergy. Pollen is relatively innocuous until your immune system reacts disproportionately.

TCM and Western medicine both view allergies as a dis-regulation of our immune system (wei qi) and lung system (lung qi). There can be an underlying weakness of lung and spleen qi. In addition, exterior weather conditions such as wind, damp, cold and heat can add to allergy reaction. Lung qi is responsible for the proper function of the entire respiratory tract, including the nasal passages. Spleen qi controls the transport of fluids and when impaired can lead to an over production of mucus in the Lungs.

Acupuncture and herbs can decrease mucus production, open up the nasal passages and boost lung and spleen function. TCM can also help to boost the immune system so over time there will not be as severe a reaction to environmental allergens such as pollen. In the short term you can see an acupuncturist to control the immediate symptoms. A preventative approach is to go to your acupuncturist two months before the Spring or Fall seasons to boost your immune system and drastically decrease your reaction to allergens.

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Sharon McDermott

Sharon McDermott, L.Ac., owner of Healthy Healing, specializes in infertility, stress and pain relief. Ms. McDermott creates individualized acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas to address your needs. Healthy Healing is conveniently located in Westbury, Long Island in the heart of Nassau County.

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