Ok, so it is a little broad of a title, but seriously in the last couple weeks I have seen a HUGE increase of allergy cough related illness. Many of these have been weeks long and can be triggered by both allergies and viruses. My best suggestion cut down on the dairy. ALL dairy- cheese, ice cream, milk etc. Dairy creates more dampness in your body and the last thing you need is to add more phlegm (dampness). I would also cut out refined sugars as much as you can. You should NOT put anything in your body you can not only pronounce, but also anything not derived from natural. With the FDA approving ingredients like antifreeze in our foods do we really feel not reading ingredient labels?
I would also try to keep the upper chest and lung region of your body warm. Air conditioning and windy weather have been making these lung related illnesses worse. Cupping (a vacuum-like technique done in Oriental medicine) works marvelous at relieving cough. We have been doing this technique on many of our patients this week! Cupping has been around for thousands of years in most cultures through the world, not just Asia.
There are many different herbal formulas specific to what you are experiencing to aid in your wellness. Depending on the color of your phelgm, cough, fatigue, wheezing, pain level, fever or no fever, digestion and many other issues there are dozens of formulas that can be specifically altered for you to regain your health and well being.
Acupuncture works great to aid your body into wellness, by helping stop the cough, boosting your immune system, transporting the fluids (phlegm, water etc), alleviating aches and pains including headaches and helping relax your mind and body relieving stress and anxiety often caused in our daily lives, but usually elevated when we are not feeling 100%.
Feel free to call us if you or anyone you know could benefit from our services!