The Bravewell Collaborative describes integrative medicine as “a movement whose time has come.” We agree wholeheartedly. At Omaha Integrative Care (OIC), we offer integrative therapies to support your health and wellness. The time has come, yet where do you start?
Q: I love spring but feel like I can’t go outside without getting stuffy, sneezy and itchy. What can I do about seasonal allergies?
A: About 40 million people suffer from some form of allergies. Untreated they can be miserable. There are many ways to treat allergies including over the counter medications and prescriptions as well as integrative approaches to getting some relief. Many people find a combination of lifestyle modifications and other approaches can help you breathe easy even when the flowers are blooming.
Acupuncture and Holistic Care: There is some promising evidence that acupuncture can be helpful in relieving symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis and help with seasonal allergies. There are also modifications to diet and nutritional supplements that can help with inflammation and other allergy symptoms. We recommend meeting with a holistic practitioner who can help develop a diet and treatment plan personalized for you. If you need more of a boost, Dr. Heidel-Arnold can recommend herbal and/or homeopathic formulas specifically designed for those dreaded histamine reactions to spring blossoms!
Essential Oils: Lavendar, peppermint and lemon are cleansing oils which can help with seasonal allergies. You can difuse these in your home or at your desk. This article from Mind Body Green gives instructions on using essential oils in a decongestant gargle rinse. Just be sure to use high quality essential oils proven for safety and efficacy such as the DoTerra Intro Kit which has all three of these oils. You can purchase this at OIC or online.
Massage: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Stress is an underlying culprit for almost everything. Stress doesn’t cause seasonal allergies, but it does create a chicken and egg scenario. If you don’t feel well, you get stressed and stress complicates any type of inflammation or disease. Using essential oils in a stress reducing massage can do wonders for the fatigue of allergies. You may also want to consider a Spring Cleanse massage to detoxify and move energy.
Yoga: Finally, there are specific yoga asanas (postures) and pranayamas (breathing practices) which can be very helfpul for keeping the breath moving and energy up. Kapalabhati is a vigorous breathing practice used to move excess mucus and stagnation. We recommend meeting with a registered yoga teacher who can review your unique set of circumstances and develop a safe and effective plan for working with allergies.
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