The wind-pollinated cedar (mountain juniper) trees are about to be in full bloom compromising many of our respiratory systems this time of year. The amount of cedar pollen in the air is a factor in whether cedar fever symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion, and difficulty breathing develop and how intense they can become. Dry, windy days are more likely to have increased amounts of cedar pollen in the air than cold, damp and rainy days when cedar pollen is washed to the ground. The alternating warm then cold days without long periods of freezing temperatures we often experience in Austin promote cedar pollen to grow and thrive in abundance – then the windy days carry it to our noses.
In Acupuncture and Herbal medicine we view cedar fever as an overactive immune response due to an unbalanced immune system. This can happen for several reasons, including poor sleep, stress, poor diet and nutrition, and other unhealthy lifestyle habits which can energetically weaken organ systems.
Cedar tree pollen count is generally highest from December through February and often continues into March when other pollen arrives. Don’t wait until the cedar winds blow, come for weekly preventative treatments beginning the week of Halloween and boost your immune system to help avoid symptoms that can compromise your health when cedar pollen is in the air. If symptoms do arise, bi-weekly treatments are helpful to assist your immune system in re-balancing, then maintenance treatments throughout the season are ideal.