Ahhh, spring. Can’t you smell it in the air today? The sun is beaming, the temperature is rising, the snow is melting and it’s easy to imagine crocuses and daffodils pushing their way up through the thawing soil.
Then, someone sneezes, reminding us that allergy season is just around the corner. Some are allergic to molds, which are abundant in damp, spring weather, and some are allergic to the various pollens that will begin flying through the air in just a few short weeks. Allergies are rampant here in New Hampshire, but they can be successfully treated with Chinese medicine. For best results, acupuncture for allergies should start 6 weeks before your particular allergen emerges, but it’s still not too late to reap the benefits of pre-allergy-season treatments. For cases that require daily treatment, I prescribe one of two herbal remedies: Allerease, a supplement that combines herbs which regulate the immune system, dry up phlegm and open the nose, and Bi Yan Pian (Nose Inflammation Pill) which focuses on opening, drying and quelling inflammation in the sinuses.
For some, the damp, cool weather of spring increases the pain and swelling of arthritis. Acupuncture, moxibustion (the application of heat to acupuncture points by burning a mugwort stick an inch away from the skin) and Chinese herbs come together to reduce pain and improve mobility. Arthritis doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying outdoor activities: hiking, gardening, etc., Chinese medicine can help!
Once you are out and about, what happens when you overdo and an injury occurs? The best time to treat a sore joint or pulled muscle is right away! Don’t let those early spring injuries linger into the summer. Usually one or two acupuncture sessions will help a recent soft tissue injury heal more rapidly and prevent it from becoming a chronic pain.
Lastly, as we transition from winter to spring, your body becomes preoccupied with responding to rapid and often dramatic changes in light and temperature (and changing the clocks doesn’t help!), creating the right climate for energetic imbalances to occur. Now is a great time for an acupuncture tune-up to tap into your body’s self-regulating mechanism and help smooth this transition from one season to the next. Happy Spring!
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