By: Kris Shaw-Acupuncture Allergy Specialist and Massage Therapist
http://www.Seattleallergynaturalsolutions.com 206-370-2600 or 206 -932-3718
This time of year, the grass & juniper pollens are at an all time high, circulating in our environment. So is that fluffy white stuff from the cotton wood trees. Those white fluffy balls are floating in the air or collecting in many nooks & crannies around homes & on the roads and sidewalks, reminding us of winter snow fall but its June.
“My seasonal allergies are driving me crazy!!! Is there anything I can do?” is an all too common frustration that I hear in the summer months. Actually there are many things you can do to breathe more freely and have some quality of life during the hay days of pollen production. The warmth of the summer heat stimulates a full orchestra of pollens, stepping up their dissemination. For some of you readers, you have more of a hereditary predisposition to sinus, allergy & asthma challenges when the pollen count is too high.
Histamines serve a healthy purpose in the body, as part of the immune system’s defenses. And when they are too liberally distributed through out your lungs, sinuses & eyes, they can inflame & congest your breathing passages. If you are feeling all stuffed, TAKE NOTE: There are some natural allergy treatment solutions as an alternative to taking suppressive allergy medications that must be taken every few hours.
So What Healthy Options Are Available to help you to Breathe More Comfortably?
Allergy desensitizing treatments know as NAET address the underlying core issues of seasonal pollen reactions, reprogramming the body/mind that has misinterpret pollen, cat dander or common foods to be an intruder to the body’s defense systems. Allergy desensitizing treatments reset programs in the mind, reaccelerating long standing allergens to become friend, not foe….. In other words, to reclaim them as normal substances in the body. NAET treatments are offered by a seasoned allergy acupuncturist in West Seattle & are often covered by most of the older insurance plans. They are available to both adults & children and keep pollen reactivity at bay for years. Is that really possible? Discover the NAET healing method that’s been around for 35 years at http://www.SeattlAllergyNaturalSolutions.com . Check out the resource section.
What really works when you are in a crisis mode with an allergy induced asthma or a sinus flare up?
1. Quercetin & Nettle are well researched bioflavonoids that reduce histamine reactions, by stabilizing the mast cells, that pumps out the excess histamines. This supplement is great for symptomatic relief, as long as they are taken throughout the day & night to keep the histamine reducing properties in your blood stream. You’ll find several formulas with quercetin & nettle combo in your local health food stores. D- Hist is my favorite of the quercetin & nettle herbal blends.
2. Nasal Flushing with salt & baking soda solution. Many of you with chronic sinus challenges are familiar with daily nasal douching to gently flush pollens out of your nasal passages. Flushing with water thins out accumulated mucus that otherwise holds on to delicate sinuses. Clogged nasal cavities serve as a breeding ground for respiratory viruses & bacteria. NASOPURE, created by Dr Hana is the most user friendly nasal flushing system that children & adults can use. There is an amusing UTube video with two young children supporting each other with their nasal rinsing without any discomfort. Using either golden seal or the glycerin form of echinachea are both antimicrobial herbs to add to the nasal flushing fluids.
3. Vitamin C Deficiency: If you’re challenges with pollen sensitivity, it would be worth your time with being muscle tested, to see if you are absorbing vitamin C efficiently. In my clinical practice with the NAET, I’ve noticed that 90 % of my patients with acute & chronic seasonal allergy reactions & other allergen inhalants such as cat dander, mold & dust to be challenged with Vitamin C assimilation. Vitamin C is essential to a healthy immune system & adrenal support. More efficient assimilation of Vitamin C is one of the first treatments that I do to aid the body/mind to reacclimate to Vitamin C as one of the building blocks in the immune system, when addressing seasonal allergy sufferers.
Ready to solve your allergy problems? Call DeSautel Chiropractic at (206) 932-3718 or Kris Shaw at (206) 370-2600 to schedule a consult! (Make sure you specify that the appointment is for allergies.)