Half the staff at Corydon Times took last week off to blow their noses. Allergy season has officially begun in Winnipeg.
It happens like this every year. In one moment life is good. It’s spring. The sun is out and then somewhere a plant has sex and life for us humans becomes intolerable. Sinuses slams shut, noses starts drooling like a dog at the dinner table and eyeballs feel like they’ve been poached in Tabasco Sauce.
Logically, I understand there are worse ailments people struggle with. Leprosy, the plague and even the lack of Cornell Crème Ice Cream have been known to cause pain and heartache in otherwise healthy Winnipeggers but what makes seasonal allergies so bad is that it ruins are precious short summers. Who wants to spend the day at Grand Beach manufacturing their weight in phlegm every hour, there’s really no point in being polite about it.
There is relief is available. And by this I don’t mean charging your sinuses with Freon at the local Canadian Tire; that’s against the law (I’m assuming). But mention medication to an allergy sufferer and they’ll laugh through their mucous. Depending on what a person is allergic too, medication can be a really poor joke. We found three alternatives to relieving allergies on Corydon Ave.
One alternative is acupuncture, an ancient Chinese practice that targets focal points on the skin using needles. It’s commonly used as a holistic approach to alleviating pain and allergies by stimulating the nervous system.
Rebecca Sprintz, a licensed acupuncturist at Family Acupuncture Wellness Clinic at 880 Corydon says, “Acupuncture can help modulate the whole histamine response with allergies. Chinese medicine techniques strengthen and balance your immune system, so over time the use of acupuncture and even cupping can greatly reduce allergic reactions.”
Acupuncture essentially activates the immune system where allergic reactions start. Rebecca is the owner of Family Acupuncture Wellness Clinic and a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist. Her passion has always been in helping people achieve health and happiness through natural care designed for individual lifestyles and needs.
“There are acupuncture points around the sinuses and elsewhere on the body that may provide almost immediate relief as well as offering cumulative benefits. Acupuncture opens the sinuses, relieves congestion and helps with inflammation. Some people get immediate relief, while others can take a little while.”
Lisa Tjaden of Radiance Gifts at 875 Corydon Ave swears by Himalayan Salt Lamps. “I have a hard time keeping them in stock during the allergy seasons”. These lamps are helpful for people suffering from asthma and/or upper respiratory problems by reducing the amount of airborne bacteria and dust.
Ideal in your home or work place, this natural ionizer reduces the amount of positive ions in your environment, providing cleaner air and a healthier atmosphere. The lamps and tealight candle holders naturally produce negative ions, which help cleanse and purify the air. Ions are small electrically charged particles contained in the air we breathe.
Right next door to Radiance Gifts, Chad Cornell from Hollow Reed Holistic also recommends natural remedies for allergy sufferers. Chad has been passionately studying and practicing natural healing methods for the past 15 years. He holds a great respect for the teachings he has received from healers of Peru, North America, and Asia. He is currently employing timeless holistic methods of healing in a modern urban context.
“The nettle leaf has been used to treat hay fever and herbal practitioners often recommend nettle tea to relieve allergy symptoms. The leaf is rich in minerals and brewing tea from the herb is a convenient way to access those minerals.”
Chad had several more natural recommendations including Quercetin and quality fish oil/Omega 3’s.
“Quercetin is a natural anti-histamine found in onions and other plants. And a good quality fish oil with Omega 3 is used to calm inflammatory response.”
When the sneezing is all spread and done, there’s really only one way to really spell allergy relief: W-I-N-T-E-R but let’s not go there yet.