21 September

The Fall, And How To Adjust To One’s Landing

Fall is both a season and a verb describing movement, a change of direction, and sudden action. Herodotus observed, “People are most likely to be seized with maladies during changes; changes of anything, but especially of the seasons.” According to the Huananzi, “Autumn wind brings frost, retreat, decline….The grasses and trees retrench to their roots, […]

10 March

Getting Help for Seasonal Allergies

Allergies in the Pacific Northwest Spring arrived in Portland several weeks earlier than usual this year, right on the heels of a very mild winter. I love to see Portland in bloom, and I’m not alone; so many people are out enjoying this unseasonably sunny weather. But the downside to this temperate weather is a […]

7 March

Get Allergy Relief by Healing Digestion

What does your gut have to do with seasonal allergies? It’s that time of year again! When the sneezing, sniffling, and burning eyes of seasonal allergies have you reaching for the allergy pills and eye drops. But did you know you can greatly relieve if not banish your allergy symptoms by fixing your gut? It […]

6 May

Foods for Seasonal Allergies

The following foods can be incorporated into your diet to give your body additional allergy prevention. Ginger: Ginger is a natural antihistamine and decongestant. It may provide some relief from allergy symptoms by dilating constricted bronchial tubes. Apples: Apples (with the skin on) contain the flavonoid quercetin, which can cross-react with tree pollen. Quercetin can reduce allergic […]

6 March

Simple Steps for Allergy Season Relief

Spring has arrived in Portland. Our northwest springs are glorious, with a bloom season stretching from February through August. The NW region is also notorious for seasonal allergies. If your hay fever is flaring up, check out the following self care tips for reducing your allergy symptoms:  Dietary choices that can help alleviate allergy symptoms: […]

30 March

Seasonal Allergies Self Care Tips

Here are some simple behaviors you can incorporate during the allergy months to reduce you hay fever symptoms: Drink plenty of water to flush your system Consume foods high in bioflavonoids such as green tea, citrus zest, red onions, red grapes, red berries (raspberries, cranberries, strawberries), spinach, broccoli, red bell peppers, tomatoes, and Brussels sprouts. […]

21 March

Acupuncture for allergies and hay fever

It’s officially spring! Portland boasts a long, glorious spring season. But allergy season is just around the corner for hay fever sufferers. Luckily, acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy can help with seasonal allergies. Acupuncture treats allergies in two ways: it addresses the root cause of the allergies, and it also treats the symptoms. It is […]

13 April

Allergies and Depression

Some research studies have found a link between seasonal allergies and depression.  Allergic reactions cause chemical reactions in the brain that result in a decrease in serotonin.   Allergies can also impede sleep, cause headaches, and result in general fatigue, which can contribute to depressive feelings. If you suffer from allergies, depression, or a combination of […]

28 March

Acupuncture for Seaonal Allergies and Hay Fever

April is almost here and Portland is blooming.  Although the city is resplendent with colorful trees, allergy season is also starting.  If you’ve struggled with seasonal allergies without relief from medications, now is the best time to explore how acupuncture and herbs can address your hay fever symptoms.  Allergies are best treated before you are […]