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It’s not unusual to have allergies and gut health issues. The lungs and the stomach are related. You take in our breath, with your lungs. You take in food through your stomach.

There are many steps to working with people who want to improve their health through their diet, nutrition and acupuncture.

Acupuncture for Food Allergies
The first 3 foods, most people have difficulty assimilating and many have allergies to are:

  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Wheat

These 3 foods are most prone to trigger allergies, mucus draining, digestive disturbance, fatigue. People have difficulty digesting cow milk, wheat is usually a processed grain, and processed food takes more energy or yang to digest, and sugar creates irritation in the liver.

Spice up your diet with these 3 foods during allergy season

Each year an increasing number of people with allergies are exploring acupuncture and Chinese medicine, herbs and diet for ways to prevent and cope with allergies.

4 ways Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help you are:

1.Controlling inflammation of air passages

2.Dilating air passages

3.Thinning mucus in the lungs

4.Preventing food-allergy reactions that can trigger respiratory allergies and asthma

In a study published in Allergy, 52 people with allergic rhinitis were randomly assigned acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal tea or sham acupuncture and herbs for six weeks. Nearly 85 percent or the people receiving the real acupuncture and herbs had 100 percent or significant improvement of their symptoms, versus 40 percent of those getting the placebo treatment.

3 ways you can change your diet and improve or eliminate your response to allergens are:

Eat more Ginger: Ginger is a natural antihistamine and decongestant. It may provide some relief from allergy symptoms by dilating constricted bronchial tubes.

Eat the right fat: Omega-3 essential fatty acids can counter the formation of chemicals that cause inflammation of the air passages. Good natural sources include flaxseed oil and salmon.

Increase fiber: Food intolerances seem to be connected with seasonal allergies. A healthy and active colon can decrease food sensitivity, which can, in turn, lighten the burden on your immune system and may reduce the impact of seasonal allergies. For maximum colon health, increase the fiber in your diet.

Chinese medicine addresses the causes of allergies and treats the whole person, balancing the immune system which leads to long term benefits.


MaryAnne Bachia is a licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist, currently working in the state of Colorado. MaryAnne specializes in working with Acupuncture and herbs and chronic diseases, such as lymes, cancer, parkinsons, chronic fatigues, metabolic issues and any digestive issues.

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