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Seasonal allergies are a very common complaint for people to have especially in an area such as fall allergies Seattle WAthe Pacific Northwest.

Year in and year out allergy patients dread this season. The symptoms of seasonal allergies can be severe and can cause suffering for a large portion of the population. The pharmaceutical companies capitalize on it. From inhalers over shots to pills, millions of dollars are spent annually to combat the runny noses, sneezing, and itchy eyes.

We can draw some interesting parallel between Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. In the traditional medicine we treat allergies by balancing the Stomach, Spleen, Lung as well as large intestine Meridians. Each have their correlated symptoms. All the organs mentioned have meridians that run or flow through the areas where symptoms bother us most – the upper respiratory tract and face.

Western medicine explains allergies as a hypersensitive reaction to airborne particles such as pollen, dust or other environmental factors. Antibodies produced by lymphocytes react to the pollen or airborne allergens and cause the most bothersome reaction.  Overall allergies are a very complex topic. Each person etiology or reason for having allergies is different. It can be genetic, exposure, autoimmune and once one allergy is present more might develop.

The following is a list of medication classes that can be obtained. Antihistamines, Corticosteroids, Mast Cell Stabilizers, Leukotriene Inhibitors, Nasal Anticholinergics, Decongestants, Immunomodulators and Autoinjectible Epinephrine.

Many more over the counter drugs are available. All of the above have side effects that you should make yourself aware of. Most will have dependency effects. The body also adapts and builds a tolerance to most of these drugs.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will look not only at the symptoms you are experiencing, but more so will take in consideration your stress levels, overall health, diet and potential underlying causes for your suffering. As mentioned earlier we work on meridians and prescribe herbs to help your body to move from one extreme back to a centered balance. Acupuncture has been shown to have anti inflammatory effects which can help your breathing and watery eyes. Herbs can be utilized to help with nasal discharge, itching eyes and sneezing. Once the we have diagnosed the underlying cause we are able to treat it and your body will regain strength to fight off allergens on its own.

Furthermore we are able to review your daily diet habits and guide you away from foods that aggravate your symptoms. Together we can develop a plan and based on the improvement levels after a few treatments assess what your body needs.

Carsten Rode Seattle WACarsten Rode is an acupuncturist at Glow Natural Health Center. In his free time he enjoys cooking, backpacking, and spending time with his daughter.

 

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By Candace McNaughton, ND

Allegies treatment and Glow Natural Health Center Seattle WAWouldn’t it be great if they would just go away?  Wouldn’t it be better if the treatment was simple and could be done at home?  Sublingual immunotherapy involves custom formulas based on your individual allergies to things like dust, mold, grasses, trees, weeds, or pets .  It’s a liquid under the tongue and is based on the same principle as allergy shots with no pain and no repeated trips to the office.  We do a blood test, I formulate the mixture based on your results, and then you take it at home.  The materials are the same that are used for allergy shots, just in oral doses, and can be used with adults or children.  The dose is slowly increased over time and is designed to reduce or eliminate your allergy or asthma symptoms.  Sublingual immunotherapy has been studied and found to be extremely safe.  Imagine freeing yourself or your children from dependence on allergy medications!

Candace McNaughton, NDTrained as a family practitioner to address acute and chronic conditions, Dr. McNaughton focuses on autoimmune disease, allergies, and digestive issues.  She facilitates healing as a knowledgeable guide and partner, helping her patients make lasting changes and achieve health goals.  She graduated from Bastyr University in 2003.  Call our office with questions or to make an appointment- 206.568.7545.

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Product information from Thorne. Available for purchase at Glow.

 

Few things are more annoying than the pain and pressure of a stuffy or runny nose turning normal daily activities into truly miserable tasks. Thorne Research’s QC Nasal Spray is a homeopathically-prepared nasal spray utilizing quercetin chalcone 2X and Euphorbium 6X, packaged in a one-ounce, metered-dose bottle.

The flavonoid quercetin strengthens cell membranes of mast cells and basophils (a type of white blood cell), thus preventing them from releasing their histamine. Quercetin also affects enzymes that help maintain a normal inflammatory response. Homeopathic indications for Euphorbium include hay fever, headache, nasal discharge, stuffy nose, sneezing, and post-nasal discharge with a raw, sore throat.

QC Nasal Spray relieves dry and inflamed nasal membranes and sinus passages, sneezing, stuffy nose, watery nasal discharge, and headache. And this unique homeopathic medicine goes to work right where the body needs it most – the nasal mucosa.

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Trained as a family practitioner to address acute and chronic conditions, Dr. McNaughton specializes in allergies, autoimmune disease, and digestive issues.  She facilitates healing as a knowledgeable guide and partner, helping her patients make lasting changes and achieve health goals.  Her patients are motivated and are active participants in their healing process.

Dr. McNaughton holds your comprehensive medical record and helps you to coordinate care with other practitioners.  Her treatment approach is to remove obstacles to cure and improve the functioning of the body so that disease cycles are stopped or slowed.  Treatments can also minimize the side effects of medications and improve their effectiveness.  History, labs, and diagnosis are the same as conventional doctors. Therapeutics are natural medicine.

Dr. McNaughton’s patients feel heard and thoroughly cared for.  They feel safe, accepted, and respected, whether they share aspects of alternative lifestyles or “slip-ups” from the treatment plan.  Her patients appreciate finding ways to practically achieve recommendations rather than only following protocols. Instead of simply telling patients what to do, she works with them to plan how they can institute change.

Therapeutics used:

  • Science-based herbal medicine
  • Diet and nutrient therapy
  • Detoxification
  • B12/B Complex injections
  • Antibiotics or hormones if necessary
  • Medical cannabis evaluation

Dr. McNaughton completed her pre-medical education at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.  While there, she ran a natural health interest group; arranging for a variety of professionals to speak as well as giving several talks.  She graduated from Bastyr University’s naturopathic medicine program in 2003.

Dr. McNaughton is an experienced writer and speaker, giving talks at libraries, schools, community centers, support groups, and natural foods markets.  She published a front page article on acid/alkaline balance in the PCC Sound Consumer.  She spoke on natural medicine quick fixes at IgniteSeattle, a fast-paced event where speakers are given five minutes and auto-advancing slides.  She has been a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians since 1998, and spoke at their 2005 convention.  She has twice appeared on SCAN TV’s Being in Seattle with Rosemary Broccoli, and on KYPT Radio’s Northwest Point of View with Anita Mofitt.

In 2009, Dr. McNaughton completed a three-week academic and practical intensive in traditional and institutional medicine with Spanish immersion in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  She has facilitated a Spanish conversational group since 2005.  Her personal interests include yoga, hiking, and travel.

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by Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalisttree polle

Cedar, alder, birch trees can play havoc on those suffering with tree pollen allergies in the Pacific Northwest. Here are a few tips on how to cope.

  • Keep floors clean. Vacuum weekly. Take your shoes off to avoid tracking allergens indoors
  • Shower before bed. Pollen can linger on skin and hair.
  • Neti pot daily 1-2 times to wash pollen out of the sinuses
  • Get a HEPA filter for your bedroom to remove 99.97% of pollen. Make sure to clean and replace filters
  • Consider a detox diet to reduce overall inflammation in the body
  • Wash pillows and mattresses weekly in hot water (130 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • A cup of caffeinated tea in the morning can help open nasal passages
  • Monitor pollen levels and know when they are the highest. (When levels are at the highest, I like to plan a weekend away to a warmer or colder place where the tree pollen count is lower.)
  • Use freeze-dried stinging  nettles as an antihistamine. Try 300 mg 2-3 times daily.
  • Get acupuncture to relieve symptoms and promote immune function.

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