Therapist talk:

Various symptoms related to Oriental medicine acupuncture

 

By Eitaro Hamano

(Acupuncturist)

7 Oriental medical acupuncture and hay fever 

 

This time, I would like to talk about pollinosis. Pollinosis in the UK is called "Hayfever. There are many turfgrass allergies in the summer.    Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and watery eyes. Hay fever is also called seasonal allergic rhinitis., it is an allergic reaction caused by excessive immune function. The hidden causes of hay fever seem to be the living environment such as rich diet, stress, disordered lifestyle, lack of exercise, chemicals, and car exhausts. Antihistamines and steroids are prescribed by doctors to relieve the symptoms. 

 

But why do some people have an allergic reaction and some do not, even though they live in the same environment? The direct causes are cedar pollen and turfgrass, but it is thought that allergic symptoms occure due to indivudal natural constitutions, changes in the living environment, and stress. Therefore, it will be necessary to improve the constitution itself in order to suppress the excessive immune response and provide radical treatment. 

 

Acupuncture and moxibustion treatment that balances "Qi", eliminates stagnation, and improves circulation is very effective in improving the constitution. 

Autoimmune diseases such as Graves' disease, hypothyroidism Hashimoto's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes are also used in combination with Western medicine to give acupuncture and moxibustion to increase the vitality of the whole body.  

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In Oriental medicine, "lungs" in the category of "gold/metal" relate to the nose, "liver" in the category of "wood" relates to the eyes. Related to the function of water, we pay attention to the "kidney" viscera of the deep "water" energy. In Oriental medicine acupuncture and moxibustion treatment, the "lung channel", "liver channel", kidney channel" and "stomach channel", "bladder channel" that pass around the face and eyes are used to take air and blood around the eyes and nose. We will treat the painful symptom by the release of stagnation in the channels. 

The acupoint that relieves these symptoms is the point called "Geikou" next to the nose. We use "Shinkai" and "Indo" that line up from the hairline to the base of the nose. Also, "Shoukyu" and "Shihaku" under the eyes are often used. It is said that Oriental medicine can "cure a pre-illness" (prepare the body while it is light and pluck its buds before it becomes a serious illness). We recommend that you start treatment every year a few months before your symptoms appear. 

Next time I would like to write about depression and acupuncture.