Health&Wellness Magazine May 2016 - Page 11

For advertising information call 859.368.0778 or email | May 2016 General Lifestyle Recommendations Use a Neti pot with warm, sterile, distilled water and a pinch of salt once a day to remove excess mucous as well as germs and allergens such as dust and pollen from your nasal passages. Do not use the Neti pot more frequently than once a day as it can remove too much of your body’s natural nasal flora. Consider using a “citracidal” grapefruit seed extract nasal spray once a day to keep secretions flowing. Vacuum your home weekly to help control the allergens nestled in your rugs and furniture. If you also have dust allergies, use an HEPA air filter and dust-proof pillow and mattress covers. If you have been outside (especially after doing any kind of yard work or gardening), take off your shoes when you enter your home to avoid tracking in allergens. Wash your hands, launder your clothing before wearing them again and shower before retiring to keep allergens out of your bed. If allergies are a serious problem, get tested by your physician. Use a good air filter such as Health Mate, especially in your bedroom. With seasonal allergies, avoid being out in the wind, which stirs up pollens. Practice meditation or mindfulness exercises if you have a lot of stress and worry. roids, anti-histamines and antibiotics), over-the-counter remedies and/or allergy shots, Chinese medicine is more concerned with getting to the root cause(s) of the allergies. We treat the whole person, focusing on long-term health through balancing the body’s energetic system. By examining the imbalances found in the pulse and tongue diagnosis, practitioners of Chinese medicine can customize treatments for each person using a combination of acupuncture points, Chinese herbs (formulated and tested in this country using our standards) and diet and other lifestyle changes. We find over time as imbalances are corrected, the need for medicine often & lessens and in some cases, it may no longer be necessary. Allergies and sinusitis are a few of the many ailments that respond well to acupuncture, according to the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Healt