Allergies are a very common problem that affects many people’s quality of health and life. Most people experience short term problems and symptoms with allergies. Some people deal with allergy symptoms for a long time or even their entire lives. It may appear at any age with different symptoms and signs.
Individuals can be affected by a variety of allergic diseases. Allergies may exhibit themselves as nasal, respiratory or skin problems in the body. The most common allergic diseases are, rhinitis, asthma, eczema, allergic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and urticaria.
The signs and symptoms of nasal allergic rhinitis are:
- sneezing, often accompanied by a runny or clogged nose and throat
- coughing and postnasal drip
- allergic shiners (dark circles under the eyes caused by increased blood flow near the sinuses)
- the “allergic salute” (in a child, persistent upward rubbing of the nose that causes a crease mark on the nose)
- conjunctivitis itching watery eyes, (an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids, causing red-rimmed, swollen eyes and crusting of the eyelids)
The signs and symptoms of asthma (Lung) are:
- a feeling of tightness in the chest, breathlessness, cough and wheezing
The signs and symptoms of (skin) eczema, contact dermatitis and urticaria are:
- red, itchy inflamed skin or welts (hives)
The most frequent causes of allergy problems are: pollens, mold spores, house dust mites, animal dander, foods, insect bites or stings, plants, insect spores, environmental conditions (such as cold temperatures). We don’t exactly know all the factors that cause allergies. They are common in the spring due to seasonal changes, common cold, food allergies (like milk, dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat, sea food and peanuts).
Standard methods of allergy regulation treatments: including allergy immunotherapy (“allergy shots”) is not proven effective and these therapies may have possible side effects. These treatments possibly may also be long term.
Acupuncture and Chinese herb medicine can be help treat symptoms of allergies and supplement modern medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine considers allergies a person’s body manifests to be an imbalance between the exterior of the body, environmental factors and an internal relationship. The key is our body’s reactionary response. We can find, people who are living and working in various environments, eating some types of food, have varying response reactions but only a few unlucky people experience allergenic reactions. Why do some people have allergy attacks and others do not? Why do people become allergy prone with age?
People begin to experiences allergies because each person’s body has internal changes that take place; and they become more susceptible to easily accept “factors of allergy”. The way to treat is to rebalance a person’s body, with emphasis is on strengthening the “ immune system”.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have a long history of treatment of “allergy’s symptoms”. Since the 1960’s in China, many research projects of have been conducted in treating symptoms of allergies. The results have shown improved and positive results without side effects.
Dr. Yang has been using acupuncture and Chinese herbs to treat allergy symptoms in U.S. and China. He has had very positive medical outcomes; especially for patients who have had severe symptoms of allergy or may have had ongoing long term symptoms after many years of allergy shots. These patients have experienced relief of their allergenic symptoms and even stopped “allergy shot” therapy and are still symptom free. Many patients still remain allergy free and do not experience symptoms of allergy even “in season” for many years (See: www. dryangacupuncture.com).
Dr. Yang’s protocol for treating allergy conditions address nasal congestion and obstruction, most patients feel more free flowing nasal inspiration within the first 2 to 3 minutes following the initial acupuncture treatment procedure and many symptoms continue to improve within a short period of time. The symptoms will further diminish with follow up treatments.