Allergy Treatment

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been treating asthma and allergies for many thousands of years. Acupuncture helps the prevention of respiratory problems by balancing and improving the immune system. It also reduces the risk of allergic reactions and bronchial inflammation.

Acupuncture can also adjust the nervous system to expand the walls of the airways whilst at the same time increasing lung capacity as well as reducing and removing excess mucus and phlegm.

Below are some common remedies to reduce sinus congestion:

  • Your Sinuses Explained

    Your sinuses are air-filled pockets found within your cheeks, behind your forehead and eyebrows, on either side of the bridge of your nose, and behind your nose. Healthy sinuses are lined with a thin layer of mucus that traps dust, germs, and other particles in the air.

  • Drink More Water

    If you have sinus problems, drink up! Consuming more water will help thin out mucus and encourage drainage. Aim for eight or more 8-ounce glasses of water.

  • Breathe Moist Air

    Keep a humidifier running in your bedroom or other rooms where you spend a lot of time. Dry air can irritate your sinuses, but keeping your sinuses moist allows the lining of the cavities to trap dust and allergens.

  • Avoid Smoke and Chemicals

    Fumes from harsh cleaning products, paints, hair spray, perfumes and most of all, cigarette smoking can irritate your sinuses. Don't let friends or family smoke in your home.

    Have you ever walked down the cleaning products aisle in a grocery store? Ever notice the distinctive smell coming from the closed containers? We inhale these harsh chemicals which can kick-start a sinus problem. Look for "green" cleaning products that are available in unscented varieties.

  • Buy a Netti Pot

    Ear, nose, and throat surgeons recommend nasal irrigation with a Neti pot. Nasal irrigation can help keep your sinuses clean and clear. It involves using a mild sterile saline solution to flush out the thickened mucus and allergens causing your sinus congestion. Lean over the sink, squirt the solution into one nostril and let it drain through your nasal cavity and out the other nostril. Keep your mouth open and don't breathe through your nose.

    To make your own solution, mix about 16 ounces (2 cups) of lukewarm filtered water with 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Some people add ½ teaspoon of baking soda if there is a sting from the salt.

  • Be Mindful of Your Food Choices

    Diet can be a contributing factor. For many people dairy products are a direct mucus causing food. Also, pay attention to whether drinking alcohol worsens your sinus swelling. Red wine contains sulfites and other allergens. Beer and fish contain histamines.