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Overcoming Springtime Allergies

Spring is the season of rebirth, bringing flowers, greenery and warm weather – and runny nose, itchy eyes and headaches for allergy sufferers. To make matters worse, allergy medications can leave you feeling fuzzy-headed, drowsy and dried out. They can also have dangerous side effects when combined with other medications.

Fortunately, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are safe, natural, chemical-free and effective therapies that can combat the symptoms of spring allergies

If you are already experiencing spring time allergies, here are some tips to provide fast relief.

Allergy-Relieving Tips from Dr. Ashley:

• Drink plenty of fluids, particularly warm teas (avoid iced beverages)

• Add these helpful supplements:
o 1000mg of vitamin C daily
o Probiotics to boost your immune system naturally
o High-quality omega-3 oils

• Eliminate what typically aggravates allergies:
o Wheat
o Processed sugars
o Dairy
o Alcohol

• Avoid allergens as much as possible by:
o Keeping your windows closed
o Taking your shoes off before entering your home so you don’t track in pollens
o Regularly dusting your furniture
o Cleaning the air filters in your home and air conditioners

Next Year, Nip Your Allergies “In the Bud”

The even better news is that you don’t have to let allergies get you down at all next year. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can also be used to prevent allergy symptoms before they start.

I recommend you start a treatment regimen two to three months before you typically experience allergy symptoms in order to strengthen your body’s defenses. By the time peak allergy season rolls around, your immune system will be better prepared to defend against the influx of allergens.

Preventative treatment can be as simple as one acupuncture treatment a week, or every other week, and a small daily dose of herbs. An added bonus is that this regime is an overall immune boosting treatment, so it can also help you avoid catching a cold or the flu.

I am happy to provide more information on how you can limit your allergy symptoms. Just send me an email at or call my office at 954-566-5097.

Happy Spring!

Dr. Ashley Herrin

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