Acupuncture and Allergies
According to Chinese medical theory, the symptoms indicating a Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and organ systems of the body. These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes, including stress, poor diet, constitutional weakness, pollutants, and 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 (Way-Chee). According to the theories of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, it is important to have the correct quality and quantity of Wei Qi circulating through the body in order to stay healthy.
What is Wei Qi?
The Chinese concept of Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. Wei Qi functions to protect and defend the body against foreign substances, which can lead to allergies. When Wei Qi is abundant, we remain healthy. When the supply of Wei Qi becomes deficient, then health is compromised and we become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses, and pollen. People who have a Wei Qi deficiency are more prone to allergies and frequent colds.
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 reduced 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 symptoms and signs, while addressing the root cause(s) and underlying imbalances affecting the quality and quantity of Wei Qi.
Acupuncture treatments may be combined with herbs, dietary changes, massage (Tuina), or exercise. These therapies help to accelerate the healing process in order to balance, build, and support the body’s Wei Qi.