Energy Medicine for Seasonal Allergies

“Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom,”
-Margaret Elizabeth Sangster-

And so the time is here where Spring launches us into a state of newness and rebirth.  It’s time to come out of hibernation and be open to the wonderful healing energies that Spring has to offer.  It’s a time to move forward with plans that you may have been thinking about over the winter and now have the energy to make them happen! Let’s not forget to bloom. Bloom those buried dreams that you thought were not possible, bloom those plans that make your heart sing and smile.

Seasonal Allergies

Allergies are triggered by airborne pollen generated by plants and trees as well as spores that come from mold.  When they enter the nose, throat or eyes, inflammation of the mucous membranes located in the nasal passages occurs.  The immune system is generally able to fight allergens, but for some individuals, the immune system responds by releasing various chemicals including histamines causing inflammation and overall discomfort.

While there are many different types of allergies, seasonal allergies typically start in the spring as a result of pollen and other allergens and affect over 40 million people.  Some common symptoms include:

* Sneezing
* Runny nose
* Smell and taste is impaired
* Sleep problems
* Swollen sinuses
* Itchy throat
* Watery eyes
* Headache
* Fatigue

Energy Medicine For Healthy Living™ Quick Tips For Seasonal Allergies

Is Your Living Qi Moving?

The Spring Equinox in Traditional Chinese Medicine is governed by the Wood Element and arrives with the Wind, bringing with it seasonal allergies.  It is associated with the Liver and Gall Bladder organs and their associated meridians.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 26 million Americans endure chronic seasonal allergies that are caused by the body’s hypersensitivity to environmental substances like pollen, weeds, blooms, dust and animal dander.

The Liver plays many important roles including detoxifying, nourishing, rebuilding and storing blood.  It has more than 700 jobs to perform including promoting the free flow of Qi throughout your body and is essential in clearing allergic reactions.  The liver also governs the tendons, nails, eyes and your tears.

Some common emotional and physical signs of Liver Qi Stagnation where the energy is blocked in the Liver, include:  anger, frustration, depression, mood swings, pain on sides of the body, eye problems, brittle nails, sore tendons, poor appetite, hiccups, constipation, bitter taste in mouth, stomach ache, PMS, painful or irregular pain during menstrual cycle and Plum Pit Qi where you feel a lump in your throat.

To get your Liver Qi flowing smoothly again, massage the Liver Source Point – LV 3 located in the webbing between the big toe and second toe.

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LV 3 is also excellent for relieving all types of allergic reactions and is especially helpful for itching, swelling and pain of the eyes.  It’s also useful for headaches, dizziness, congestion and insomnia.

Relieve Sinus Pressure with this Acupressure Routine

1. Sinus Points: UB2 and UB3
Place your thumb on UB 2 and your finger tips on UB3.
Hold with mild pressure for 1-2 minutes while you focus on your breathing.  Also use UB 2
for red, watery eyes and sneezing.  The sinus points located around the eyes are also used for Eye Diseases and to promote eye health. For more information, consult our Energy Medicine for Eyes Chart and DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

Sinus Points: UB2 and UB3

2.  Continue by tapping or holding these points around each eye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sinus Eye Points

3. Now place your thumb on ST 3 and your finger tips on GB14.  Hold with mild
pressure for 1-2 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sinus GB14 ST3 Points

4.  With your middle finger apply pressure to LI 20 at the flare of the nose for 1-2 minutes and then move up to Bitong directly above LI 20 along the lower border of the bone.  Helpful for nasal congestion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sinus LI20 Bitong Points

 

5. Relieve headaches and sinus pressure with the Crown Pull.  Pressing in the middle of forehead with your fingertips and pull across with some pressure.  Repeat this pulling and stretching motion as you move over your entire head and down your neck.  It is also helpful to massage along the bottom of the skull as several meridians pass through this area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crown Pull

6. Tap or massage K27 to bring energy up to the face and eyes.  K27 will also activate energy in a forward direction throughout your entire meridian system.  This point transforms phlegm, alleviates cough and wheezing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K27

7. Tap or massage Lung 7 generally found by sliding your finger from the thumb side of the wrist crease over the styloid process (bone) and press where sore.  Lung 7 is excellent for cough, sore throat, phlegm, sneezing, chills, runny nose, headache, toothache, stiff neck and promotes Lung Qi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lung 78. Massage LI 4 located in the webbing on the back of the hand between the thumb and index finger.  LI 4 is the Command Point for the Face and is the Source Point for the Large Intestine Meridian.  Also excellent for sore throat, loss of voice, toothache, pain any where, sneezing, runny nose or headache.  AVOID using LI 4 if pregnant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LI  4

9. One of the best ways to fight off allergens and boost your immune function is to Sedate Triple Warmer and Strengthen Spleen.  Begin tracing from the outside of the eyebrow to the opening of the ear, up and over the ear as you smooth behind it down to your shoulders.  Give your shoulders a squeeze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Triple Warmer Smoothie

10. And for the Spleen Neurolymphatics tap or massage one rib directly below the nipple on both sides and along the midline of the body below the arm pit.  Also tapping or massaging the Thymus Gland which is located directly below the sternum will boost your immune system and calm Triple Warmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spleen NLR and Thymus

11. To determine what allergens your body is responding to, Energy Medicine Advanced Substance Testing can be used to bring your body’s energies into balance so it no longer must fight off the allergen.  Schedule your appointment with Dr. Melanie to find out how that oak pollen, cat dander, wheat or mold is affecting you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nutritional Tips for Allergies
Natural medicine, herbs, minerals and specific foods can help prevent allergies and ease their impact.

Choose foods that reduce inflammation of air passages and decrease mucus in the lungs and control the release of histamines such as: 

  • Spicy food, cayenne pepper and ginger.
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids such as flax seed oil and salmon.
  • Foods that contain flavonoids and quercetin, such as apples, red onions, black tea, capers, grapes and berries.
  • Yogurt and foods with fiber help with food intolerances that are often precipitated by allergies.
  • Foods that contain carotenoids such as carrots, apricots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, kale and butternut squash.
  • Vitamin C is considered a natural antihistamine.
  • Magnesium helps to open the airways by relaxing muscles in the bronchial tubes.