Written by Lieum Fallon, Licensed Acupuncturist at Calm Spirit Acupuncture and Massage
Sneezing and itchy eyes are typical signs that you are allergic to something; but did you know that head aches, sore throat, sinus pressure, dizziness, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and even aches and pains are all signs of a possible allergy?
There are numerous ways to treat allergies with acupuncture and herbs. Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that illness is a sign of imbalance. Too much damp, phlegm, dryness, wind, or relative yin or yang can make a person very sick. Acupuncture can restore balance by eliminating damp and phlegm and strengthen organs, such as the lung, spleen and stomach, often involved in allergic reactions.
There are multiple approaches to treating allergies with acupuncture. Dr. Tan, a famous acupuncturist and teacher of his own method, the Balance Method, suggests point prescriptions for seasonal allergies usually caused by grass and tree pollen. As the name suggests, Dr. Tan’s focus is on balance. Certain organ systems and their associated meridians can be thrown out of balance by many internal and external conditions. Treatments using his methods restores balance and eliminate symptoms of allergic reactions.
Dr. Nambudripad, MD, acupuncturist and chiropractor developed her own approach to treating allergies in 1983. With her approach an individual allergy can be targeted and treated. If you are allergic to cats, you can get allergy shots to desensitize you to cat dander. Similarly, Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) can treat you for a cat allergy and even more specifically if you have a cat, an acupuncturist can treat you for the allergy to that particular cat. NAET can also treat food, environmental and chemical allergies.
NAET is based upon a reprogramming of the nervous system, which tells your body to stop over reacting to the allergen. It consists of exposure to the energy signature given off by the allergen while the practitioner taps down the back on either side of the spine. This is followed by acupuncture to strengthen the effect and then a complete avoidance of the allergen for 24 hours if possible. If you have an aversion to needles, a vibratory tool or laser may be used instead. We have an extensive collection of possible allergens or you may want to bring in your own samples.
Sounds odd? Silly? Won’t work? That is what I thought before I had a treatment for my severe cat allergy. I had spent time in the ER due an allergic reaction from being exposed to cats. A fellow acupuncturist treated me with NAET, and since those treatments I have visited homes where cats reside and didn’t even know they were there! That experience made me a believer, so I became trained in NAET to help others and I would love to help you. Allergies can drastically affect your overall feeling of wellbeing and keep you from enjoying life as it was meant to be. Let us help you live without illness.
Check out NAET.com for more information.