Points - Ask the Doctor

Q: Does acupuncture help seasonal allergies?

A: Yes, acupuncture and Chinese medicine have effectiveness in treating seasonal allergies. You may want to follow up with immune system strengthening tips to prevent reoccurring infections. To help strengthen your immune system and reduce intolerance, I recommend you incorporate the following into your diet: ginger, green onions, garlic, bamboo shoots, cabbage, beets, beet top tea, carrots, leafy green vegetables, yams, organic chicken gizzards, and astragulus.

Avoid wheat, citrus fruits, chocolate, shellfish, dairy products, eggs, and the nightshade family of vegetables. Avoid pollen, polluted air, and always maintain a well-moving bowel (no constipation).

Here are some tips for clearing up allergies:

1. Irrigate your nose with saline (warm salt water) twice daily.
2. Reduce the allergy-load on your body by avoiding mucus-producing foods like dairy, wheat, and sugar.
3. Take a bee pollen supplement and the herb stinging nettle.
4. Use an air purifier in the workspace, as well as at home.
5. Exercise indoors with filtered air.
6. Drink 8-12 glasses of water daily.

Strategies for a stronger immune system:

1. Keep stress low by practicing meditation, tai chi, or yoga.
2. Maintain a positive and uplifting attitude.
3. Eat lots of garlic, ginger, cilantro, and oregano.

About our Doctors

This month's Ask the Doctor question was answered by:

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, PhD, D.O.M., Dipl. ABAAHP . from his website:


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