AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

AOMA Acupuncture Clinics Offer Relief for Cedar Fever Season

Chinese medicine is very effective for treating allergies.

Austin, TX, December 01, 2011 --( Austin is listed on many “Best Cities” lists. But, unfortunately, Austin is also considered one of the top "allergy capitals" in the US. There are allergens in the air throughout the year in varying amounts in Central Texas, but Cedar Fever is often one of the most annoying.

“Cedar Fever” is a misnomer, as it is actually the pollen from the juniper tree (juniperus ashei) that attacks with a vengeance from December to February every year. Cedar Fever is caused by inhaling these pollens, which are mainly dispersed by the wind. If you are an individual sensitive to pollen, you will experience an allergic reaction.

General symptoms of Cedar Fever include:
clear and watery nasal discharge and congestion
itchy eyes, nose, and throat
watery eyes
low grade fever

Many people with allergies seek out "alternative" medicine when they find that over-the-counter drugs or even prescriptions don't help, or they aren’t worth the side-effects. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are effective allergy-fighting methods which have been around for centuries, and are recently gaining recognition. The most well-known traditional Chinese medical procedure, acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into the body at specific points to relieve pain or treat a disease. Acupuncture triggers spontaneous healing reactions in the body, and scientific studies have proven its efficacy for treating inflammation, pain, depression and a host of other disorders.

Prevention is key in Chinese medicine. "By planning ahead by getting regular acupuncture 'tune-ups' and taking herbs, one can drastically reduce the frequency and severity of allergic reactions as well as common colds," says long-time acupuncturist Song Luo. According to traditional Chinese medicine, wei qi (defensive energy) or our immunity is located at the exterior surface of the body and protects us against pathogenic factors. When wei qi is strong, pathogenic factors cannot penetrate the body. When it is weak, a variety of infections can occur. In China, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used to relieve allergic symptoms successfully for centuries. Finally, integrative medicine is becoming more available in the mainstream.

About AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine offers a masters-level program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, preparing its students for careers as skilled, professional practitioners. AOMA is known for its internationally recognized faculty, award-winning student clinical internship program, and herbal medicine program. Since its founding in 1993, AOMA has grown rapidly in size and reputation, drawing students from around the nation and faculty from around the world. AOMA conducts more than 20,000 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics, collaborates with Western healthcare institutions including the Seton Family of Hospitals, and gives back to the community through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and by providing free and reduced price treatments to people who cannot afford them. AOMA is located at 4701 West Gate Blvd. AOMA also serves patients and retail customers at its north Austin location, 2700 West Anderson Lane. For more information see or call 512-492-3034.

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
Sarah Bentley