Herbs, Allergies, & Chi
TCM Herbs & Allergies
It’s that time of year again...Allergy Season is rapidly approaching, but did you know that you do not have to suffer from your allergies anymore? With Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) you can finally say “goodbye” to those troublesome allergies. TCM has been around for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until China “opened” itself in 1972 that TCM rapidly gained acceptance throughout the world as a highly effective system of medicine; however, because China remained in such a prolonged state of isolation from the world until then, the western world has much research to conduct to better grasp and understand this broad system of medicine and healing. (Shen-Nong.com)
Regardless, great strides have been made in the subsequent decades since the 70’s in recognizing the many conditions and ailments TCM treats and how it works. TCM utilizes a variety of treatment methods in combination with one another to obtain balance for each patient. Typical treatments include acupuncture, cupping/scraping, herbs, and lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and sleep patterns, and even meditation and relaxation techniques.
As for allergies, TCM has many ways to manage and reduce not only the symptoms, but the actual cause for the problem in the first place and even boosting your immune system too! For centuries, herbs alone have been the primary and most effective treatment for springtime allergies. This is because an allergic reaction is the body’s reaction, typically inflammation in affected areas, to foreign substances or influences. However, Chinese herbs and acupuncture can work together with even higher success rates in treating allergies and can reduce inflammation and many other typical allergy symptoms. Overall, TCM strengthens and improves your immune system, whereby over an extended period of time, lessening the body’s reactions to the allergens in the first place. (NIH)
Why choose herbs? Herbs are natural and non-toxic, safe and gentle, and holistic and effective. Herbs have stood the test of time. Essentially, they have been used for medicinal purposes since the beginning of time. TCM recognizes the strengths and weaknesses of each individual herb and compensates for this by blending them to create a balanced and holistic, powdered, herbal formula to treat each person to meet their constantly changing needs. The powdered formulas make a tea-like decoction that can be easily drank, allowing for quick absorption in the bloodstream and body for rapid and effective results. (NaturalPharmacie)
To fully understand the power of herbs as medicine, it is important to recognize that most pharmaceuticals either use plants and herbs as their foundation or were derived from plants and herbs but are now synthesized to mimic the components and molecular structure of those original herbs and plants. Herbs are nothing new, yet with new research and understanding about their uses and effectiveness, it’s time we look at them in a new light as highly effective treatment methods for your ever changing needs and lifestyle.
Western Medicine Recognizes Chi
We are excited to learn that Western medicine is beginning to recognize the effects our psychological and emotional condition(s) has on our body. New scientific evidence proves that an astounding 98% of illnesses are either directly or indirectly caused by the overall condition of the human mind. One of the most important founding fundamental concepts of Chi is that it is our life force (the breath of Life) and it is constantly responding to and interacting with our thoughts and feelings. This means it can be strengthened or weakened depending on whether our thoughts are positive or negative. Positive thoughts and feelings create a positive flow of Chi or energy channels, allowing Chi to flow freely without interference; however, negative thoughts and feelings create a disruption in the flow of Chi, creating energy blocks throughout your body, whereby creating illness and disease.
The good news is that Acupuncture’s main purpose is to remove these blockages and allowing for the healthy flow of Chi throughout your body to promote optimal health. (Reiki.org)