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Allergies & Acupuncture

  • According to Chinese medical theory, the symptoms and signs that indicate a Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and organ systems in the body.
  • These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes, including:
    • stress
    • poor diet
    • constitutional weakness
    • pollutants
    • environmental toxins
  • Over time, if imbalances remain within the body, they will affect the functions of the organ systems.
  • Some of these organ systems are involved in the production of Wei Qi (pronounced "way chee") and it is important to have the correct quality and quantity of Wei Qi circulating around in the body in order to stay healthy.

Wei Qi

  • The Chinese concept of Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system.
  • It functions to protect and defend the body against foreign substances, that if not caught can lead to allergies.
  • When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy.
  • When Wei Qi is inadequate, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses and pollen.

Acupuncture and Allergies

  • Acupuncture and Chinese medicine support and strengthen the systems of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi.
  • By building up the supply of Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it through the body, symptoms and signs related to allergies could be greatly reduces or eliminated.

What will an acupuncturist do?

  • An acupuncturist will conduct a thorough exam, taking a complete health history.
  • They will then develop a unique treatment plan that will address your specific concerns.
  • The goals of the treatment plan will be to eliminate visible signs and symptoms, while addressing the root causes and underlying imbalances affecting the quality and quantity of Wei Qi.