Easy Pollen Defense

 Yay sun!  And the pollens are coming.  Booooooo!  I love helping people prevent and treat their allergies.  I first got acupuncture because of my allergies and chronic sinus infections.  So I understand the suffering.  And I know the other side—freedom from worrying about managing my sinuses.  Freedom from headaches, foggy headedness, post nasal drip, coughing, clogged ears, and fatigue!  Freedom to go out in nature and enjoy the sun!
Today I’m going to share with you the top easy self care recommendation that gives immediate allergy relief!  I will mention that if you want to treat the root cause of your allergies to experience the kind of freedom I described above, it’s best to get a personalized acupuncture and self care treatment plan.  But I won’t let that stop me from sharing this tip with you now so you can get started right away.  And don’t let that stop you from sharing it with your loved ones.
Body Experiment:  If you want to support your respiratory system, pick up some Xlear Nasal Spray the next time you are in the office.  It washes and soothes nasal membranes, prevents contact with allergens, and keeps nasal membranes healthy so they are a better first line of defense.  It has grapefruit seed extract which is a natural antimicrobial and xylitol which is beneficial to the respiratory system and acts as a surfactant to help loosen particles from the nasal membranes.  (P.S. they sell it at Oliver’s and Whole Foods and places like that too.)
Here’s how I use Xlear:
2 sprays in each nostril, 2-5 times per day. Wait a bit, then blow the nose to clean it out.

  • Prevention: Xlear morning and night. 
  • Exposed:  Xlear after exposure to allergic irritants (or colds and flus).
  • Allergies: Xlear throughout the day when allergies are bothersome (also during colds and flus).

I discovered xlear after I already had a handle on my sinuses and I was feeling pretty healthy.  Even then, my respiratory health improved using xlear regularly.  
I’ve recommend Xlear to friends and patients (often before they get in for their first acupuncture treatment).  My patients recommend it to friends and loved ones.  And so many people tell me that their allergies were squashed because of it, even without acupuncture or other self care.  It’s that effective. 
That’s why I’m so excited to recommend this experiment to everyone looking for a quick treatment for their allergies.  Try out my favorite respiratory system hack and let me know how the experiment goes.
If you want to talk more in depth about your allergies or respiratory system ask me at your next appointment and I’ll be happy to discuss custom formulas, diet (that’s a biggie for allergies), steaming, and more.  No one’s body is identical to another and I don’t think people’s treatments should be either.  That’s what makes Chinese Medicine so effective—the diagnostic methods that help me create truly customized treatment plans.
Next newsletter I’m going to share with you the connection between stress, the Liver, and allergies and what you can do to help yourself.

Upcoming Events:Interested in feeling more peace of mind? Like to have more energy? Want to reduce your inflammation and improve your immune system?  Join us for our March state of mind workshop to learn the inside-out understanding that allows people to thrive regardless of circumstances.  
The next state of mind workshop is the last week in March.  I know we're all busy, so put it in your calendar now.  Seats are limited, so click this link to register or find a future date that works for you:

Resiliency 101–The Art and Science of Thriving
Tuesday, March 26th from 6-7

In this uplifting workshop you’ll learn how your mind works, so you can enjoy more peace of mind and:

  • Supercharge your performance
  • Improve your relationships
  • Enter the healing zone

Because less mental stress (worry, rumination, frustration, guilt, over-analysis) isn’t just more enjoyable, it’s correlated with better physical health.  And the bonus is that when you understand your state of mind better, it’s easier to make better decisions to support your health.
Tuition is $20 and all proceeds will be donated to the Ceres Community Project.  Ceres supports the resiliency of our community with nutritious meals for families coping with serious illness.  And they empower youth by teaching them to grow and cook the meals.  If you're not familiar with them, check them out!   

What We’re Treating in the ClinicEveryone knows that spring is allergy season, but did you know it’s also migraine season?  For some people, especially when they don’t rest enough during the California winter, their bodies get overexcited to jump into spring and the energy gets stuck in the head and causes headaches and migraines.  
The good news is that with the style of acupuncture I do, if you have a headache, most patients report relief as soon the treatment starts while they are lying on the table.
  Acupuncture works best as preventative medicine, so you don’t have to wait for a headache to make an appointment.  I love helping people prevent and treat headaches and migraines so they can get back to doing their thing. 

Existing patients can book online here.  Make sure you get a confirmation email and click "CONFIRM" in that email.  

You can access our online booking anytime by clicking anywhere on our website that says "make an appointment" or "book now" and follow the breadcrumbs to "Existing Patients" and "Book Online".  Existing patients are always welcome to call or email us if you prefer to schedule that way or you’re not finding any appointments that work for you online.  

New patients need to call or email us to set up their first appointment because there is just too much information we need to share with you.

Happy Respiratory Soothing Explorations!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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