An allergy is a reaction by the immune system to a foreign substance that it identifies as a threat to the body, even though it is usually harmless to most people. An inflammatory reaction then occurs, that results in a variety of symptoms. Common allergens include pollens and dust mites, certain foods, insect stings, medications and animal hair.
Signs & Symptoms of Allergies
The patients who consult us for allergy-related issues experience symptoms such as:
- Sneezing and congestion
- Swelling, edema
- Chest tightness, shortness of breath
- Itching, skin rashes, hives
- Stomach pain
Sometimes, an allergen can trigger anaphylaxis, a strong allergic reaction characterized by swelling of the throat or tongue, lightheadedness and severe shortness of breath, that requires emergency medical attention.
Causes of Allergies
To our knowledge, factors that can play a role in the development of allergies include heredity, childhood infections, asthma and environmental pollution.
However, it has been our experience over the years that in most cases some form of emotional stress is the root cause of the immune system imbalances that manifest as allergic reactions. Stress can make it more likely that a reaction will take place, and often can aggravate symptoms.
How we treat Allergies
At the Nei Jing center in Jerusalem, we routinely use Chinese medicine as a tool to relieve symptoms of allergy, and correct the underlying imbalances that may have contributed to their development.
After an initial consultation meeting, during which we will assess your symptoms and diagnose their causes, we will build for you an individualized treatment plan suited to your needs, that may include:
- Acupuncture and laser acupuncture
- Chinese herbs
- Tuina massage and cupping
- Lifestyle and dietary advice