Do you typically get a cold in the late summer or early autumn?
This could be due to a seasonal allergy. Seasonal allergies occur like clock work, every year you get sick at the same time.
Allergies often provide the underlying medium for colds to develop. For some, allergies blossom into asthma. The two biggest environmental triggers for allergies in the fall are ragweed and mold spores.
Ragweed affects over 23 million Americans each year (American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.) In late summer, ragweed matures and produces a beautiful golden flower. Each plant can release up to one billion grains of pollen a season.
Mold spores are a concurrent problem. Mold thrives on the warm humid conditions of late summer. Common molds thrive in the spring, summer and fall. Additionally, in the autumn, the leaves of deciduous trees begin their cycle of decay and produce leaf molds. Mold spores, the reproductive “seed” produced by molds, are a major trigger for autumn allergies.
Acupuncture is well suited for treating seasonal allergies. When you become sick, there is always at least one organ system that is working excessively or inadequately. Acupuncture balances your energies so that the whole system can work harmoniously.
Acupuncture also plays a vital role in strengthening your immune system. Many studies show that after receiving acupuncture treatment, patients have increased leukocytes and lymphocytes that play an important role in fighting sickness and disease.
Additionally, air cleaners can provide an oasis of clean air in your home where your immune system can get a break from both indoor and outdoor allergens.
If you are struggling with seasonal allergies or asthma, air cleaners and acupuncture can be a huge help.
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