Whether they are caused by a reaction to pollen, dust, animal dander, airborne chemicals, or other substances, allergic reactions to inhaled irritants are the most common type of allergy, and cause a lot of misery for sufferers. Sometimes the symptoms are felt just seasonally, and sometimes all year long. They can sometimes develop quite suddenly, or can gradually get worse year by year.
Allergies to inhaled irritants are caused by a defensive over-reaction of the immune system upon exposure to relatively harmless airborne particles. This over-reaction typically stems from one or more stressors accumulating gradually, making the immune system more and more reactive over time:
- Stress – elevated levels of emotional, physical, work, financial, family, social and/or other stress
- Microbiome imbalance – not enough good – and/or too many bad – bacteria in the gut
- Rest and sleep – insufficient quality and/or quantity
- Digestive damage – aka increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome; with this condition, the intestinal wall has been damaged by exposure to certain foods, medications, chemicals, bacteria, fungi, and/or viruses, allowing too-large particles to leak out of the gut and into the bloodstream where they don’t belong, setting off immune system reactions to these unrecognized “invaders”
(Note: larger particles aren’t supposed to get into the bloodstream until they have been broken down by the digestion into much smaller pieces, but the larger holes present with leaky gut syndrome allow them to escape, and these out-of-place larger particles are often not recognized by the immune system as safe because they are where they don’t belong, so the immune system thinks they’re invaders and launches a defensive reaction to neutralize them)
The Good News
Together, we can make your allergies better!
A standard course of treatment – consisting of a series of weekly acupuncture treatments plus customized herbs, supplements and diet and lifestyle modifications – helps to address and heal each of the underlying causes of allergies, and brings lasting relief from the symptoms of allergies, including:
- runny nose
- sinus congestion
- sore throat
- itchy, watery, puffy, and dry eyes
- poor sleep
The amount of time needed to get a significant reduction in allergies varies from person to person, but it usually takes 3-6 months of weekly treatments for lasting relief (and longer if reactivity is severe and/or very chronic).
Once you get that lasting relief from your allergies, monthly or quarterly maintenance treatments are helpful to maintain optimal health and vitality, strengthen the immune system and improve long term outcomes.