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Natural Relief for Cedar Fever

According to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Austin is among the worst U.S. cities for allergy sufferers. Allergens exist in the air throughout the year in varying amounts in Central Texas, but cedar fever is often one of the most irritating.

“Cedar fever” is actually a misnomer, as it is actually the pollen from the juniper tree 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. Individuals sensitive to pollen will typically experience an allergic reaction. General symptoms of cedar fever include sneezing; clear and watery nasal discharge and congestion; itchy eyes, nose and throat; watery eyes; and low-grade fever.

In China, acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used to relieve allergic symptoms successfully for centuries, but are only recently gaining recognition in the U.S. for their effective allergyfighting methods. AOMA Acupuncture Clinics in Austin employ the alternative treatments to help individuals find relief during cedar fever season.

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. According to the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, by planning ahead and getting regular acupuncture “tune-ups” and taking herbs, one can drastically reduce the frequency and severity of allergic reactions as well as common colds.

AOMA is one of the leading graduate schools of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the nation, and is one of the largest providers of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Central Texas. For more information, visit

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