Prime allergy season is upon us and the pine pollen is coating all surfaces, including our nasal passages! A proper diet and overall health can make a big difference for allergy suffers. Here are some remedies to try as we get through this vibrant spring season:
1.) Homeopathy - Homeopathy is widely-used and well-accepted in Europe and there is considerable research to prove it's effectiveness. As an allergy sufferer, homeopathy is my go-to. The premise of homeopathy is to use extremely dilute solutions of the substance to which you are sensitive (i.e. pollen). Putting several drops of the solution under your tongue spurs your immune system to correct it's response. If you would like a referral to a homeopath in the Low Country, please call our office.
2.) Raw, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar- ACV with "The Mother" contains a colony of beneficial bacteria, which is important for gut health. Also, vinegar naturally aids in mucous reduction and lymphatic health. Mixing a teaspoon 2-3x a day into a glass of water or diluted apple juice is a great way to internally supply relief.
3.) Neti Pot and Saline Rinse- The Neti Pot is filled with distilled water and sterile saline to create a solution that will flush the sinus cavities. The mucous buildup and bits of allergens that we inhale throughout the day are removed gently from the sinuses. ** It's important to use a sterile saline solution made for a Neti Pot and clean distilled water. Saline sold over the counter has a preservative which you might be sensitive to. So better to make your own. NeilMed makes measured packets to mix with your Neti Pot, which is convenient.
4.) Quercitin and Bromelain - Quercetin is a plant pigment that is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries. It is a natural bioflavonoid that helps prevent the release of histamine. It is also a potent antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple juice and in the pineapple stem. Bromelain is used for reducing inflammation, especially of the nose and sinuses even after surgery. Taking Quercitin plus Bromelain works well if implemented prior to allergy season and used throughout the irritating allergen months.
The close relationship between the nervous system and immune system is good news for chiropractic patients! By improving the communication between the brain and spinal cord, chiropractic care can help regulate and coordinate the body’s reaction to allergens. For more information, contact us today to schedule an appointment, (843) 321-8119.
Professional guidance for detoxification is wise as the detox process can create free radicals that can damage tissue. Sources of toxins include pollution, food additives, pesticides, cleaning supplies, medication, etc. You may have considered detoxification, but with so many detox methods, how do you know what is right for you? To find a detox that's effective for your specific needs, it's important to work with an experienced healthcare professional. For more information request a complementary consultation.
The Activator protocol can be used to diagnose misalignment of the bones of the foot, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and hand. The foot bone is connected to the knee bone ...the entire kinetic chain from the foot to the head is changed if one joint is misaligned. This leads to compensation patterns with pain distant from the original site of injury. For more information, please request a complimentary consultation.
The Activator protocol can also be used to diagnose neck and skull misalignment, a frequent the source of headaches. Tension headaches typically originate from the neck and radiate to the back of head and even around to the eye. Migraines are associated with tension of the very small muscles just under the back of the skull. Adjusting the neck "resets" the tone of muscles, releases tension and normalizes blood flow through vessels that pass through muscles or bones. Relief can last for a week or longer. More frequent visits are required during times of intense stress. For more information, please request a complimentary consultation.
TMJ pain can manifest as jaw, mouth, head, neck, eye or throat pain. The Activator protocol can be used to diagnose very specifically, which part of the jaw is misaligned. The TMJ (TemporoMandibular Joint) consist of the temporal bone (lateral skull) and the mandible (bottom jaw bone) so it's important to address both top, bottom, left and right joints. Misalignment can be caused by trauma, teeth grinding, stress or dental work - due to prolonged period with the mouth open. For more information, please request a complimentary consultation.
At the top of the stomach is a valve called the esophageal sphincter. If the valve doesn't function properly it allows stomach acid into the esophagus/throat causing burning. The valve can be adjusted mechanically, from the exterior using a very gentle, quick force placed just under the breast bone. This often brings quick and long-lasting relief so patients can reduce or eliminate medication. This adjustment is contraindicated for those diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus due to chronic acid exposure. For more information, please request a complimentary consultation.
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