Thursday, March 24, 2011

Natural Relief for Seasonal Allergies - Dr. Lee's Top 5 solutions.

Do you have watery, itchy eyes?  A congested nose?  Are you coughing and sneezing? Or your nose is dripping like crazy?  Well, it sounds like you have something I struggle with, as well as many patients - Seasonal Allergies!

I was a long time sufferer of seasonal allergies, and being a Naturopathic doctor, I have always searched for natural relief for seasonal allergies.  Some of the suggestions below are available at a local health food store, while others require more specialized treatments from an acupuncturist or naturopathic doctor.

Top 5 Natural Relief for Seasonal Allergies

5. Support the body's anti-allergy mechanisms with vitamin C & high quality fish oils. 
Vitamin C prevents the release of "histamines" from white blood cells.  Between 2 to 4 grams is what I take per day for my seasonal allergies.  Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (Fish Oils) is effective at reducing the inflammation causes by seasonal allergies.  I typically take 1 teaspoon twice a day. 

4. Luffeel nasal spray or tablets. 
Luffeel is a homeopathic product that works very well for seasonal allergies.  For my patients that get severe seasonal allergies, I recommend they start using the tablets 1 month before the allergy season tends to start.  To learn more about Luffeel for natural seasonal allergy relief, please read this article on my clinic's website.

3. Acupuncture Treatments
Acupuncture is effective for both treatment and prevention of seasonal allergies.  Thin needles are placed into specific acupuncture points throughout the body to help strengthen and stabilize the immune system.  The treatments are relaxing and patients find that they sleep better the days after acupuncture.

2. Customized Chinese Herbs
I find Chinese Herbs much more effective than over the counter anti-histamines.  Chinese Herbs are custom tailored to the specific individual's seasonal allergy symptoms.  Much like acupuncture, Herbs help stabilize and strengthen the immune system, not just simply covering the seasonal allergy symptoms.

1. Nebulizer Treatments
A nebulizer is a machine that turns liquids into a vapor or mist.  The mist is then inhaled by mouth and absorbed through the lungs.  A variety of natural medicines can be nebulized and delivered into the body this way. This is the most effective natural treatment to manage and treat seasonal allergies in my practice.

Dr. Jeffrey Lee is a naturopathic physician and registered acupuncturist in Richmond, BC.
Call today to get rid of your seasonal allergies!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Licensed Naturopathic Physicians obtain prescribing authority

In the Spring 2011 issue of Integrated Healthcare Practitioners, Dr. Christoph Kind, ND wrote an article on the landmark Advancements in British Columbia Healthcare.

To see the full article, click here.

A summary of the article:

- In the fall of 2010, licensed naturopathic physicians, who chose to obtain prescribing authority, were granted access to a wide range of therapeutics previously limited by prescription.

- ND's have been licensed as physicians since 1923 in BC

- A major stumbling block in 1990 occurred to the naturopathic profession when the NDP government initiated a practice review process of all health professions. This stalled all scope issues for a number of years and in the end almost derailed the profession

- Recently, the government began holding its "Conversation on Health Care" meetings across BC, and found that an overwhelming number of British Columbians wanted more access to complementary and preventative health care. 

- An appropriately certified naturopathic physician may now have full access to the natural medicines previously help behind locked doors, but used so safely and effectively in the past. 

" It reduces the existing burden on MD's while ensuring the provision of safe and effective primary healthcare in a measured fashion"

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Low Level Laser Therapy & Lymphedema

I have treated a variety of Lymphedema cases in my practice using acupuncture and naturopathic medicine.  However, recently, I have found that low level laser therapy is far superior to previous methods at reducing swelling around the ankles and legs.

Lymphedema occurs when the lympathic channels are blocked, causing fluids and proteins to leak out and remain trapped between cells.  Chronic lymphedema can occur after surgical procedures, inflammation in the region, congestive heart failure or kidney issues. 

Most conventional treatments include:
1) Elevation of extremity above the heart
2) Compression techniques (bandages, fitted garments)
3) Manual techniques (massage, compression)

Advantages of Low Level Laser Therapy for Lymphedema
- circulation is enhanced
- reduces fluid retention
- painless treatment that reduces discoloration
- heals skin infections