Natural Approach to Treating Seasonal Allergies
Dr. Ben Kim
suffer with seasonal allergies, you are well aware of how a sudden
onset of scratchy and watery eyes, violent sneezing, and a constant
runny nose can hamper your activities of daily living. Sometimes called
hay fever or allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergies affect tens of
millions of people throughout North America every year.
causes seasonal allergies? When an outdoor or indoor allergen comes into contact
with your body, your immune system may trigger the production of an antibody called
immunoglobin E, also called IgE. If this happens, the next time that you are exposed
to that allergen, IgE antibodies in your body release a chemical called histamine,
which sets off a series of chemical reactions that can result in any of the following
of the mucous membranes in your sinuses, nose, and eyes
of these eliminative reactions are in place to preserve your health. You want
these mechanisms to be sharp and fully functional all of the time, ready to react
to substances that are harmful to your cells. What you don't want is
for these eliminative mechanisms to swing into high gear in response to substances
that don't pose a real physiological threat to your cells.
that are produced by mold - also called mycotoxins - are examples of substances
that you want to react to by sneezing and having watery eyes and a runny nose.
Regular exposure to mycotoxins can contribute to the development of a wide variety
of health challenges, including cancer, nervous system dysfunction, immune system
dysfunction, diarrhea, and even rapid death.
from various types of grasses, weeds, and trees are examples of substances that
don't pose the same physiological threats to your cells that some mycotoxins do;
there is no real need for your body to activate a histamine-mediated response
when exposed to pollens.
different types of pollen, there are many other common allergens that are not
directly harmful to your cells, and yet, if you suffer with seasonal allergies,
your body may react to these allergens by producing the eliminative reactions
is this? Why does your body use up energy and sometimes exhaust itself in responding
to allergens that are not directly harmful to your cells?
medicine and science do not have an answer for this question. All we know for
sure is that allergens induce an IgE and histamine-mediated response. We don't
know with absolute certainty why only a small percentage of the human population
suffers with seasonal allergies.
personal and clinical experiences have led me to believe that seasonal allergies
come about because of a hypersensitive nervous system and a dysfunctional immune
system. All sub-optimal lifestyle factors - poor stress management, lack of rest,
poor food choices, and regular exposure to toxins - can gradually create both
a hypersensitive nervous system and a dysfunctional immune system in people who
are genetically susceptible to developing these health challenges.
follows are dietary and lifestyle recommendations that I have used to help many
people successfully overcome seasonal allergies.
deep massage to the following acupressure points for a few minutes, two times
10 (SP-10): located in a tender region of the inner side of the thigh,
approximately three finger widths above the upper and inner border/corner of the
For Clinicians: this point corresponds with
the anterior cutaneous branches of the femoral nerve, the muscular branch of the
femoral nerve, a portion of the great saphenous vein, the muscular branch of the
femoral artery and companion vein, and the articular branch of the descending
6 (SP-6): located approximately three finger widths above the inner ankle
bone, in a tender region of the lower calf muscle.
this point is found in between the medial margin of the tibia and the soleus muscle.
As you go deeper, this point corresponds with the flexor digitorum longus and
flexor hallucis longus muscles. This point also corresponds with a cutaneous branch
of the saphenous nerve, motor branches of the tibial nerve, and the deeper trunk
of the tibial nerve. A superficial branch of the great saphenous vein, the posterior
tibial artery, and a companion vein to the posterior tibial artery are also in
Intestine 4 (LI-4): located in the soft, fleshy web that sits between
your thumb and forefinger.
For Clinicians: this point
corresponds with a muscular branch of the median nerve, the deep branch of the
ulnar nerve, proper palmer digitial nerves from the first common palmar digital
nerve, and the superficial branch of the radial nerve. Tributary branches of the
cephalic vein, the radial artery, and the first dorsal metacarpal artery and companion
veins can also be found in this region.
3 (LR-3): located in the soft flesh that sits between your big and 2nd
toes, the equivalent of LI-4 on your foot.
this point corresponds with the medial dorsal cutaneous nerve, the medial branch
of the deep peroneal nerve, and a muscular branch from the deep branch of the
lateral plantar nerve. The dorsal venous network of the foot , the first dorsal
metatarsal artery, and a companion vein are also found in this region.
Some Notes Regarding Acupressure: in general, you should
feel around for a tender spot in each of the regions described above. You should
apply enough pressure to feel a mild, dull, achy pain. If you have varicose veins,
do not massage any of your muscle groups without first consulting with your family
doctor. It is best to massage each point on both sides of your body. If you are
not sure about the location of each of the points listed above, I highly recommend
that you take a look at the following book, the best of its kind: Acupressure's
Potent Points: a Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments.
all sources of MSG and artificial
a high quality probiotic
on a daily basis.
doing a juice
fast to help remove stored toxins from your tissues, particularly from the
insulating sheath that surrounds your nervous system.
adequate vitamin D status.
Vitamin D is essential for optimal nervous system and immune system health.
the recommendations listed above as a means to addressing seasonal allergies requires
a lot more effort than taking an over-the-counter drug like Claritin. Please keep
in mind that in addition to helping you overcome seasonal allergies, following
these recommendations can also help you improve your overall health without a
number of "side" effects like dizziness and drowsiness.
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