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Simple Steps for Dealing with Allergies

By | 2018-04-09T10:09:25+00:00 April 8th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Common Conditions, Holistic Living, Nutrition Articles, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Simple Steps for Dealing with Allergies

April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

Red, itchy eyes, sore throat, sinus congestion, running nose, puffy face, congested ears, swollen lips, headaches. Although it may be true that certain seasons have a propensity to bombard us with excess pollen, or air particulates from farming, and pollution there isn’t really one season for allergies. Some people only suffer during a spring and/or autumn season while others may suffer all year long. Some people are allergic to only one thing, while others suffer from a multitude or combination of allergens. Whatever the individual pattern, it is estimated that nearly 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. It’s estimated that over-the-counter sales of allergies medicines should reach $14.7 billion dollars in 2015–that’s a lot of sneezing and muzzy headedness.

I used to believe that seasonal allergies were coming earlier every year.  Though this may be partly true, what I now see in my practice is that Boise’s air quality is declining enough that clients are suffering more and often longer with allergies–crud.

Allergies in the eyes of western medicine

Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is an example of compromised immunity. Basically, the immune system has a hyper response to a strong pathogen (pollen, an abundance of cat dander, etc) and this causes a rapid physiological changes resulting in itchy eyes and throat, sinus congestion, sneezing, asthma and even diarrhea.  Exposure to an allergen would cause a massive release of IgE antibodies which attach to white blood cells known as mast cells. These cells are mostly located in the lungs and upper respiratory tract, the lining of the stomach and the skin. When these cells are stimulated, they release a number of chemicals including histamine which produce the allergic symptoms.
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Windy Conditions

By | 2017-02-16T11:05:04+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Common Conditions, Spring|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Windy Conditions

April Crowell, Dipl. ABT. NCCAOM CI & CP, CHN

It’s a blustery day!

Each of the 5 Seasons in Chinese medicine has a climatic nature that it corresponds to.  Summer relates to Heat, Autumn to Dryness, Winter to Cold, Late Summer  (the transition of seasons) relates to Dampness, and Spring corresponds to Wind. These climates are simply part of the  nature of the season, and people may be more vulnerable to these climatic conditions, and each can manifest as a series of patterns in the body.  What I pay attention to, as Chinese medicine practitioner and Amma Therapist, is how these may manifest in the body.  Ah…here comes the Wind.   Whipping through the tops of the trees, windy patterns may arise in our bodies as colds, allergies, ticks, stiff necks and more.  In Chinese medicine, Wind corresponds to Spring season and the Liver and Gall Bladder channel, and most Springs are windy.  But Wind can invade in any season, and Wind often picks up again in the Autumn.

Wind can be an exterior or interior pattern

Exterior pathogens (Wind, Hot, Cold, Dry, Damp, Summer Heat ) invade our bodies either because the pathogen is excessively strong compared to normal Wei Qi (immunity), think of plagues and virulent viruses–OR–the body is too week to fend off the invasion.   This is the pattern that appears in people who seem to get sick at the drop of a hat.

Interior patterns are generated by disharmonies within the body.  Eating too many hot foods can damage the Yin (cooling) of the body and lead to heat.  Although there may be a bit of overlap, the treatment focus of interior vs exterior will be different.  Read more on exterior and […]

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Clearing Sinus Congestion

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:16+00:00 January 11th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Common Conditions, Holistic Living|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Clearing Sinus Congestion

April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

If you’ve ever had a treatment at Pulse, you’ve likely smelled the wonderful, clearing Kwan Loong or other oils we use during treatment.  Besides soothing sore muscles the fragrances break up congestion and open the Lungs.  Many a client comes in, sighs and comments that they are thankful to get a deep breath.

Most people have experienced sinus congestion or pressure at some point.  The symptoms are numerous including frontal and sinus headaches, inability to focus, a muzzy sensation, nausea, sinus discharge, inability to gain a full breath, phlegm and even cough–not fun.  Fortunately, there are some excellent simple steps you can take to clear up the symptoms.

What causes congestion?

In Chinese medicine the ideal course of treatment is not to merely relieve the symptoms but to treat the root cause–which means a little delving.

We can lump congestion into two broad categories and then break it down from there– Acute (exterior) or Chronic (interior) patterns.

Acute– Comes on quickly in a sudden attack from the exterior that your Wei Qi (defensive Qi) was too weak to fend off or the pathogen was over strong.  This categories covers the common cold or a sudden allergy attack–like walking down the detergent aisle at the store, playing in a field of blooming lilies, or getting lost in a corn maze.  Ideally, if you system is strong the Wei Qi will rally its defense, the histamine response lessens and you fight off the pathogen.

Chronic— This form of congestion comes from a long standing internal disharmonies and are often perpetuated by dietary imbalances.  In cases of chronic conditions it is vital […]