Using acupuncture in Europe was pretty normal. This is very bad news, look at that. All of that red for the next four days means that there isn't much relief coming for any of us that suffer from allergies. If you have itchy eyes, if you have a runny nose, if you're sneezing a lot, it's going to be like that for quite some time. That's the worst. Our next guest says there's a way to get relief that doesn't include your typical over-the-counter solution. All you need is a small, little needle. And an expert to help you out. Here showing us how allergy acupuncture works, we welcome out holistic health expert and owner of Healing InSight, Senia Mae, back to Twin Cities Live.
What about the immediate results? Because look at all of these symptoms that allergy sufferers deal with. These are some of the symptoms that you can see relief from because of acupuncture? Yes. Itchy, watery eyes, all the sinus congestion, people get relief from that. This is you; this is your problem. I have loratadine in my system today, that's a common over-the-counter, 10 mg, I do it every day. And I'm still sneezing; I'm still blowing my nose. I have itchy eyes. So we allergy sufferers by nature are doubters that anything will work. You suffered from allergies. What happened to you? I used to have allergies ten years ago. I had that where every morning I was sneezing for an hour. It would clear up, but then I would have the itchy eyes all day. When I would be working on a computer or at my desk my nose would be running that whole time.
I had all those symptoms and acupuncture turned that around for me and changed my immune system so that I don't have allergies anymore. Again, that was ten years ago. I haven't had allergies for almost a decade. Is it essential to get it before your symptoms set in or is it okay to get it when you're already dealing with it? It's ideal to do it before your symptoms set in, but most of us don't think about it until we start to have symptoms. So right now when the pollen is high, this is a perfect time to come in and get started. And in the next few weeks it's going to be grass pollen, so if you know that's the thing that triggers you, then maybe it's time to go in.
Let's meet Amanda. Amanda is one of your patients, and Amanda is just lounging there in your fancy chair with some needles in her face and all over the place. Tell us about what's going on with Amanda. Amanda came in to see me; she had allergies and a lot of sinus congestion and head congestion overall. Amanda, let's talk here, allergy sufferer to allergy sufferer. When you got acupuncture, how did this feel? Help me understand. It was immediate relief. I have seasonal allergies and food allergies, and I get so congested it feels like I have a cold all the time. I would eat food, and my nose would be running because my body was so overloaded. I would see Senia, and it was like that allergy switch was switched off.
It was immediate. Senia, tell us about the points. We can all obviously see the needles that are in her. What's working here? We start by putting points in the body that help to stimulate the immune system. The points that are here off her legs, these all stimulate the immune system and help to boost your energy. Oh, so those are something you would get regularly? Absolutely. We also do specific points depending on what her symptoms are and where she's having issues. For instance, these points that are here at the top of her head, we use those for sinus congestion. We have some here on the side of her nose that help with itchy nose and congestion there as well. And by the sides of the eyes, we have some points that help with itchy, watery eyes. Show us the process of putting one of the little needles in. Because I think this is what stops people, they get so scared about these small needles, and they're so teeny tiny.
Right, it's not a big deal. This is a great point for sinus congestion. She didn't even flinch. I would just be thinking, "Who would get here my silent screams?", But look at you, you're laughing, and you have four needles in your face! That's amazing. Can't feel them. What's your plan for people, is this a one-time deal? Amanda says she's been in a few times. How does this work? The best way to do allergy acupuncture is to come in for a series of eight weekly treatments. That's enough to help with your symptoms, but also to boost your immune system, so you don't have issues further on down the line. That's just for this season. Next season, say you have ragweed allergies in August, or if you know you have spring allergies every year, come in for four weeks before that season starts. We'll re-boost your immune system, and most people don't have allergies that next season or the following year. I know that you're a holistic health expert, you approach this with a full-circle approach.
This is one element of it. Also herbal medicine, you like this. Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to help to deal with allergy issues. We have some great herbs that help sinus congestion and clear it out, but then we also have some that change your immune system for the long-term. For the sufferers out there, you tell them to avoid some particular foods right now. Go ahead, name a couple that's going to quite upset people.
Oh my gosh, the big one is dairy - that's big for sinus congestion. Wheat is also a huge one, a lot of people have sensitivities to that. The biggest one for me is nitrates. So hotdogs and bratwurst, I can't eat a lot of those because they're very allergenic. You have to find the nitrate-free ones, look for that. How long is Amanda going to hang here? Maybe a couple more minutes? Yeah, we'll give her a couple more minutes. Kick back, kick back. We'll throw a couple more needles at you. She's not congested, and she's not sneezing. Senia, thank you so much. Nice to have you here.