Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I am in my late twenties and just started to develop allergies. I am not quite sure what could be causing them. Is acupuncture a good way to go?
A: Allergies are often a sign of some kind of immunity weakness. In young people, barring any known medical conditions, this is most likely caused by overexertion and excessive indulgence in drink and physical activity. Allergies manifest when your immune system is overburdened and tends to take the attitude that a “good offence is the best defense”.
I recommend you begin by regulating your sleep and physical activity. Do not drink alcohol, coffee, smoke, or take recreational drugs. Go to sleep early, before 11pm, and get at least 8 hours. Eat regularly and only eat healthy foods—no fast foods. Do this for two weeks and witness the changes. Then afterwards, I suggest you begin a journal where you can note any specific activities, foods, locations, or exposure that may be the trigger of your allergies. This will also help a practitioner determine the best course of action.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help to immediately alleviate your symptoms. Consult a licensed practitioner to determine best treatment course.
You may find the herbal supplements “Allergy Tamer” and “Perpetual Shield” helpful in temporarily relieving your allergy symptoms and strengthening your immune system. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.