Finally, it’s spring! Whoo hoo! A-CHOO!
Allergies. The party-poopers of spring. I don’t have a ton to say about them, except I used to have them so bad I had to take Claritin and use an inhaler and I don’t have them anymore. At all. For real! (Though my contacts still get grimy with all the pollen.)
I started getting acupuncture in late winter of 2005 and that spring I just simply didn’t get my usual allergies. I never even mentioned to my acupuncturist that I got them. It makes sense, because allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to irritants like dust and pollen. When your body is out of whack, your immune system doesn’t function right. Acupuncture, to make a gross oversimplification of thousands of years of medicine, heals the out of whackness.
The problem with prescription medications like Claritin is they simply will not work forever. Ever time you use them and then go hang out in the garden, you are increasing the severity of your allergies when you are not taking them, and eventually they will be too strong for your medication. This was told to me by a western physical, who recommended staying inside as the cure for allergies — hell no! It’s 75 degrees out and I like smelling flowers.
I guess I did have a ton to say about allergies, but the one point I really wanted to put out there is that allergies, like most conditions, do not have to be forever. For me, acupuncture did the trick. For you, it may be something else, but sooner is better. And it’s never too late.
*if anyone has any good articles about allergies, that would rock.