Relief from Allergies
An immune system that reacts to air, food, or products can make life pretty miserable. Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies, food allergies, chemical sensitivities, or some other type of immune response, at Amaluna we treat allergies by identifying the underlying cause while simultaneously offering you options for immediate symptom-relief.
We want you to enjoy exercising outside again, sleeping with your windows open, eating out at restaurants, traveling worry-free, and visiting stores or homes with scented products or pets without becoming ill. We want you to be able to ditch the dehydrating anti-histamines and tissues for good.
Root causes of allergies
- impaired liver detox
- antibiotic usage
- imbalanced microbiome
- inflammatory diet
- mold exposure
- heavy metal toxicity
- nutritional deficiencies
- poor boundaries in relationships
- gut infections like SIBO, fungal overgrowth, or parasites
- chronic stress
Dr. Caitlin Gordon will identify the particular circumstances that have led your immune system to overreact to substances in your environment. This is done via in-depth health history and intake, advanced functional medicine testing, and if you’re in-office, a physical examination that helps put the puzzle pieces together.
Common symptoms of seasonal allergies
- itchy or sore eyes, nose, throat, ears, skin
- sinus congestion, drainage, postnasal drip
- pressure in the face and/or ears
- fuzzy-headed feeling, feeling spacey, vertigo
- fatigue, lethargy
- chest tightness, coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing
- waking up feeling hungover in the absence of alcohol consumption
- heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, belching
- dark undereye circles, puffy eyes, facial swelling
At Amaluna we treat allergies of all kinds with both acupuncture and Chinese medicine and functional medicine.
Acupuncture for Allergy Relief
Acupuncture works as a natural antihistamine, allowing your body to handle more of an environmental trigger before mounting an immune response. This is a wonderfully effective and relatively passive way to experience fewer allergy symptoms.
Acupuncture has been shown to moderate the production of histamine (histamine is what causes the itching, running, sneezing stuff) by reducing IgE levels, as effectively as medications such as Zyrtec and Claritin. It produces a response in your body like anti-histamine would—without the synthetic chemicals and possible negative side effects.
In a study of 422 individuals with grass pollen allergies Acupuncture led to statistically significant improvements in disease-specific quality of life and antihistamine use measures after 8 weeks of treatment.
Chinese herbal medicine addresses the underlying patterns that lead to immune system imbalance and allergy symptoms. There are several powerful herbal formulas that Dr. Caite frequently recommends to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms.
Functional Medicine for Allergy Relief
Functional Medicine really dives deep into gut health, liver health, and detoxification to heal immune imbalance from the inside out. It uses advanced testing such as comprehensive stool, urine, or blood panels to investigate microbiome imbalances, stealth infections, and other stressors that are causing allergies. This approach is especially suited for someone with many allergies who has already tried multiple other approaches without success. It works beautifully in conjunction with regular acupuncture sessions.