Use acupuncture to protect against springtime allergies
So, January is disappearing in life’s rear-view mirror and we’re all getting well and truly stuck into the new decade.
It’s never good to wish time away – we have so little of it, in the grand scheme of things – but it’s also nice to think that warmer weather is (hopefully) just a few weeks away and we can look forward to the sun being around for longer in the day.
Spring is a time for growth both literally and figuratively, a season of renewal and optimism, but with any upside is a downside, and when it comes to the spring one of the acute downsides is the onward march of allergies.
It may seem a little early to be talking about allergy prevention in the spring when in all likelihood we haven’t yet borne the snowfall that February often carries with it, but now is the perfect time for allergy sufferers to start thinking about how they’ll cope when the time comes.
Those of us who count a preventative inhaler as a constant companion during May, June and early July will know that the relief it provides is optimised by staying ‘topped up’ – in other words, you need to start using it before the allergens are present and continue to use it daily, even if you’re symptom-free.
Regular acupuncture is a really effective way for you to build up resistance to the effects of pollen and other allergens. Like your preventative inhaler, regular treatment with acupuncture for hay fever can mitigate – and in many cases, completely eradicate – the unpleasant symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose.
And as I never tire of telling people, the real benefit of acupuncture is that while it’s going to work on your vulnerability to grass pollen, seed pollen or tree pollen, it’s also going to work on your general wellbeing, too.
The reason for that is that in very simple terms acupuncture works by restoring the body’s natural energy, or qi (pronounced chee) so that your immune system is better able to deal with all health issues.
Think of it in this way. Your car is susceptible to all sorts of issues that regular servicing prevents. Once a year, your garage will change the oil, replace the air filter, top up brake fluid and do a whole load of other things that ensure your car runs efficiently.
It stands to reason, then, that the longer your car goes without servicing, the more likely it is to eventually break down.
Your body’s natural energy is one of the key things that keeps you healthy and able to fight off illness, but over time the stresses and strains of life take their toll and slowly erode that energy so that it becomes less and less effective at dealing with what it needs to deal with.
Acupuncture, then, is the servicing of your natural energy that keeps you in good health. And having your qi at an optimum level is crucial in your body meeting the challenge that allergens bring.
Building up your qi during the winter months and then maintaining it through the spring and summer gives you every chance of enjoying an allergy-free year.
And, of course, maintaining a health regimen that includes regular acupuncture on a weekly or monthly basis can also help to prevent the myriad other health challenges the year brings with it.
So, if you’re dreading a spring that’s punctuated with sneezes and tissues, maybe it’s time you tried acupuncture and experienced for yourself the benefits it can bring.