Chiropractic Care for Allergies
There are a number of notorious pollen allergens in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, namely juniper, chamisa, ragweed, mulberry and cedar. Ragweed blooms from August to October. During these months, you may notice some sinus irritation because of it. Ragweed produces billions of pollen grains that can travel long distances. When breathed in, these grains trigger the function of the immune system. When these pollen grains enter the body, the immune system attacks, believing the grains to be harmful. When the immune system attacks, histamines are released into the lungs, eyes, nose, and throat to expel the pollen grains. Typically, this results in uncomfortable buildup with symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing, dry throat, watery eyes and coughing. It's important to note that allergy symptoms overlap with common colds and do not cause a fever.
Your respiratory system and immune system rely on proper communication between the brain and spinal cord to coordinate and control their functions. If there is an interruption to that communication (vertebral subluxations), the immune system can become compromised. Chiropractic adjustments have been found to be very effective for relieving allergy symptoms.
Studies Showing Chiropractic Boosts the Immune System
One of the most important studies was performed by Dr. Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor medicine at New York University. It showed the positive effect that chiropractic care can have on the immune system and general health.
Dr. Pero measured the immune systems of people under chiropractic care as compared to those in the general population and those with cancer and other serious diseases. His initial three-year study was of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more. The chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than those people who had not received chiropractic care, and they had 400% greater immune competence than those people with cancer and other serious diseases. The immune system superiority of those under chiropractic care did not appear to diminish with age.
Another interesting study can be found here.