Spring is here, bringing with it flowering plants – and
allergies. If you are one of the 50 million Americans itching for allergy
relief this season, you are not alone! With a variety of natural remedies
available, you may want to skip the pharmacy and look to Mother Nature instead.
Our immune systems are designed to combat pathogens and
other foreign invaders that zap our strength and energy.
However, due to high stress levels, dietary habits, and
environmental factors our immune system is overly sensitive.
When the immune system overreacts to allergens – pollen,
dirt, pollution, animal hair, and mold to name a few – it mobilizes with full
force, producing severe allergic symptoms: sinus congestion, itchy, watery
eyes, running nose, and an aching head. Sound familiar? Try the following tips
to help you breathe in the fresh air and see the blue skies more clearly!
Keep an allergy-free home
One of the key factors in treating allergies is to get
rid of the substances that overstimulate the immune system. Dehumidify and air
out your home regularly.
Use the air conditioner and central heater sparingly as
they tend to permeate the home with dust and particles collected in their
Fungal colonies, dust mites, and pollen collect in the
Clean floors regularly, and opt for solid wood or stone
floors instead of carpets, which collect tremendous amounts of dust and
Prevent mold by using vinegar to disinfect the surfaces
that often get wet and humid. Also, keep beds, bedrooms, and couches off-limits
Bee free from allergies with herbs and
Eating one teaspoon of local, unfiltered, and
unprocessed honey daily can do wonders for allergies. Also, bee pollen
supplement may help alleviate allergies.
Stinging nettle is used in medical traditions worldwide
to reduce inflammation, and has been successful in alleviating allergies.
Research shows that nettle blocks the action of
inflammation-inducing immune cells. When looking for stinging nettle
supplements at your health food store, choose the leaf part of the plant to
Magnolia flowers, xanthium, mint, dandelion, Chinese
basil, siler root, and schizandra all have allergy-reducing properties.
Take in tea form or try in a traditional Chinese herbal
formulation called Allergy Tamer, which balances the immune system and relieves
Toss the chemical cleaners, perfumes, and hair sprays if
you want to breathe better. Try to minimize cooking fumes and do not smoke.
Keep car windows closed and set the air conditioner to use re-circulated air.
To get your beauty rest, keep pets away from the
bedroom, beds, and couches. Leave the plants and flowers to the florist, as
they sometimes harbor mold that exacerbate your allergies.
Avoid pesky pollen
To minimize pollen and allergen exposure, wash your
clothes and shower as soon as you come in from the great outdoors. Outside
pollen counts are usually highest between 5 am and 10 am so spend as little
time as possible out of doors during this time of day.
Spice up your resistance
If you enjoy some fire in your dishes, then you are in
for a happy surprise: spices can thin the mucous secretions that are so often a
byproduct of allergies. Use more cayenne pepper, hot ginger, fenugreek, onion,
and garlic in your cooking so that you are free to smell the roses without the
May you live long,
live strong, and live happy!
Dr. Mao Shing Ni,
best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and
board certified anti-aging expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake
Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post.
Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his
associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena.
Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than
25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey.
To make an appointment for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or
you can email Dr. Mao at firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe to his
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