Asthma and allergies are related
Did you know that asthma and allergies are closely related? Asthma, which affects roughly one in 12 people according to the CDC, is characterized by spasms of the small airways and inflammation. About 90% of children under the age of 16 with asthma also have allergies. In people with asthma aged 16 to 30, 70% also have allergies. And 50% of adults over the age of 40 with asthma, have allergies.
These numbers are on the rise and, unfortunately, many people are not aware of alternative treatments for allergies and asthma. Many people rush to mask their symptoms with nasal sprays and antihistamines rather than seeking a treatment for the root cause. This may take care of the immediate discomfort, but may cause other issues in the long run.
Both asthma and allergies (in this case I am going to be referring to inhalant allergens only) involve an overreaction of the body’s immune system to what it believes is a foreign invader. When the body is exposed to an allergen (e.g. ragweed, pet dander, pollen, etc.) the immune system produces an abundance of inflammatory hormones, which subsequently cause the symptoms of allergies and asthma to manifest.
Alternative treatments for allergies and asthma
Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET)
NAET Is a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to eliminate allergies of all types and intensities using a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine. NAET has been shown to be quantifiable through both IgE and IgG testing. Essentially, NAET is able to hit the reboot button on the body so it no longer recognizes items as an allergen.
Acupuncture has also been shown to improve the symptoms for outdoor allergies and asthma. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves stimulating the body’s life force (Qi) by placing small, thin needles directly under the skin. When a person’s Qi grows stagnant or experiences other problems, he or she is more susceptible to disease and illness. Therefore, correcting this problem through acupuncture will naturally deter allergies, asthma and other common problems.
Dietary and lifestyle changes
The lack of nutrients and increased intake of preservatives can disturb the immune system, causing greater sensitivity to allergens. A better choice is to consume a diet rich in lean meats, fresh fruits, and vegetables. It is important to avoid any known food sensitivities. According to Chinese Medicine items such as dairy, sugar, grains and soy have been known to cause increase phlegm. Which can exasperate any allergy or asthma symptoms. For more food options please visit “Dietary Recommendations for Lung Disorders”.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is a time-tested alternative treatment for allergies and asthma. Herbs like stinging nettle, ginkgo biloba, green tea, and reichi all contain heavy concentrations of antioxidants. These antioxidants are believed to fight harmful chemicals in the body known as free radicals, which if left unchecked, may irritate existing conditions like allergies and asthma. Now, before you go rushing out to the store to buy these herbs it should be noted that not every herb is conducive to ever person. Please consult your trained herbalist prior to starting any herbal supplements. Your practitioner is trained to also determine the possibility of any herb/drug interactions.
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