Cedar Fever? Try Acupuncture

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“Cedar Fever” is a misnomer, as it is actually the pollen from the juniper tree that attacks with a vengeance from December to February every year, especially in southwestern states such as Texas. Cedar Fever is caused by inhaling pollen that is mainly dispersed by the wind. If you are an individual sensitive to pollen, you will experience an allergic reaction.

General symptoms of Cedar Fever include:
>> sneezing
>> clear and watery nasal discharge and congestion
>> itchy eyes, nose, and throat
>> watery eyes
>> low grade fever

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are effective allergy-fighting methods that have been around for centuries, and are recently gaining recognition. The most well known traditional Chinese medical procedure, acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into the body at specific points to relieve pain or treat a disease. Acupuncture triggers spontaneous healing reactions in the body, and scientific studies have proven its efficacy for treating inflammation, pain, depression and a host of other disorders.

Prevention is key in Chinese medicine. "By planning ahead by getting regular acupuncture 'tune-ups' and taking herbs, one can drastically reduce the frequency and severity of allergic reactions as well as common colds," says long-time acupuncturist Song Luo. According to traditional Chinese medicine, wei qi (defensive energy) or our immunity is located at the exterior surface of the body and protects us against pathogenic factors.

When wei qi is strong, pathogenic factors cannot penetrate the body. When it is weak, a variety of infections can occur. In China, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used to relieve allergic symptoms successfully for centuries. Finally, integrative medicine is becoming more available in the mainstream.