Allergies and Asthma

Allergies 

Allergies are the result of abnormal immune responses to foreign substances. These responses can cause inflammation of the skin, sinuses, airways, and digestive system. A common type of allergy is called allergic rhinitis, in which patients suffer from sneezing; runny or stuffy nose; itching of the nose, eyes, or roof of the mouth; runny and stuffy nose; and watery, red or swollen eyes.

While most allergies can’t be cured, a number of treatments can help relieve your allergy symptoms. Western medical studies also cites TCM as an alternative, natural treatment for allergies. (Clinical practice guideline: Allergic rhinitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015.) 

Allergies and Traditional Chinese Medicine: TCM interprets the cause of allergic rhinitis as a weakness of Wei-qi (Defending qi) that allows external pathogens and wind to attack. Treatment using TCM can restore the normal qi in the body’s meridians and dramatically lessen allergic reactions. It also enables most people to reduce or eliminate their dependence on allergy medication.

Treatment of Allergies: At Great Wall Acupuncture, we use a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Qi-gong (breathing exercises), cupping, and moxibustion to treat not only the symptoms, but also the root cause of allergies: Wei-qi deficiency.

During the pollen season, we focus on alleviating the acute symptoms by expelling the wind-cold or wind-heat. After the pollen season, we target the underlying problem by strengthening the immune system and Wei-qi. TCM is a safe, natural, and effective option for treating allergies.

A typical treatment regiment includes an initial series of treatments, for both acute symptoms and Wei-qi restoration. Some patients may need to return once or twice a year for a booster, usually in late summer and early spring.

Asthma

Asthma and allergies often go hand-in-hand. Allergic asthma is a type of asthma that is triggered by an allergy (for example, pollen or mold spores). According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 50% of Americans with asthma have allergic asthma.

Asthma and Traditional Chinese Medicine: Qi-gong is an easily learnable practice of regulating breathing, mind and posture. Qi-gong stretches the lungs, which can significantly improve lung function, decrease the symptoms of asthma, and lessen the dependence on medications. In fact, Dr. Wang has conducted research at Indiana University showing the benefits of mechanical stretching of the lung to asthma management (Eur Respir J  2013 Feb;41(2):317-22.Use of continuous positive airway pressure reduces airway reactivity in adults with asthma.,  Tepper RS.)

Incorporated with this achievement in modern research,  our specialists at Great Wall Acupuncture will coach patients in medical Qi-gong practice to increase the effectiveness of asthma management, in addition to acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cupping and moxibustion..