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Does Acupuncture help with Allergies?

Yes! Acupuncture is a safe and effective tool for treating allergy symptoms such as itchy red eyes, scratchy throat, sinus congestion, sneezing, cough and shortness of breath.  Acupuncture points are used to strengthen the immune sytem and normalize the immune response to allergens by balancing the nervous system.  Chinese herbs are introduced as needed and are a great way to further reduce the allergy symptoms without the side effects of over the counter and prescription allergy medications.

Here are a few tips that can help reduce your allergy symptoms today:

  • If itchy and scratchy eyes are your chief complaint, try making a cold compress with mint tea.  Simply steep a bag of mint or peppermint tea in cool water and soak a washcloth in the mixture, take it out and place it over your eyes for a few minutes.  Mint is a cool herb that clears heat and works great in this simple kitchen remedy.
  • When working in the yard try to reduce your exposure to pollen and dust by wearing a dust mask.  A three pack of the basic model sells for about $5.00 at the local hardware store and can make a huge difference in your allergy symptoms throughout the day.
  • Wash your hands and face + change your clothes. . .After being out and about and especially after working in the yard, airborne allergens collect on your clothes and can wind up being spread around the house if your not careful, potentially setting you up for more allergy symptoms later.
  • Finally to find out just what it is that’s causing all the trouble, take a look at pollen.com where you can research what plants are blooming and get a personalized “allergy forecast” for your region.




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Got those Winter blues?

Natalia & Roo think the sun will come out tomorrow!

Winter’s here in Seattle and with the gray skies and rain it is easy to get a little depressed.  The type of depression that comes with the change in seasons is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and is due to a biochemical imbalance in the brain triggered by the shorter hours of daylight and the lack of sunlight that occur in the winter.  One simple remedy for this problem is to  spend at least a little time outdoors each day by going for a walk to help raise your heart rate and make the most of our limited winter light!

If just getting outside isn’t enough to change your mood, regular acupuncture is an excellent treatment option.  Acupuncture helps to balance the nervous system, promotes the release of endorphins, and helps restore the natural balance of body’s circadium rythm which may have been upset by the change of seasons.  Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to help beat the “Winter Blues” and get you through to our next beautiful Summer!
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