According to Chinese medical theory, the symptoms and signs that reflect a Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and Organ systems of the body. Underlying imbalances stem from a variety of causes, including stress, poor diet, constitutional weakness, pollutants and environmental toxins.
Over time, if imbalances remain within the body, they will affect the functions of the Organ Systems. Some of these Organ Systems are involved in the production of Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”). According to the theories of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, in order to sustain a healthy body, it is important to have the correct quality and quantity of Wei Qi circulating throughout the body.
What is Wei Qi?
The Chinese concept of Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. Wei Qi functions to protect and defend the body against foreign invaders, that if not caught, can lead to allergies. When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy. When the supply of Wei Qi becomes inadequate, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to foreign invades such as, dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses, pollen.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine support and strengthen the symptoms of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi. By building up the supply of Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it through the body, symptoms and signs related to allergies could be reduced or eliminated.