What are Allergies?
An allergy is a reaction or immune response to substances that are usually not harmful. Allergy symptoms can include: Breathing problems, Convunctivitis (Burning, tearing, or itchy eyes), skin rashes, headache/migraine, digestive issues and more.
Facts about Allergies
Allergies are among the 10 Most Common Chronic Diseases. Nearly 1 in 5 people experience Allergies or Allergy Symptoms. There are Seasonal Allergies(typically spring and fall months) Also there are Perennial Allergies (occurring year-round) Allergies are the cause of over 14 million doctor visits annually.
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Acupuncture Treats Allergies
Acupuncture effectively treats chronic allergy-like symptoms. Acupuncture can also decrease inflammation and constriction of bronchial passages. Often there is a quick response when allergies are treated with acupuncture. Many people find that their sneezing, congestion and itching begin to improve after their first treatment.
After a series of initial treatments, patients may come back in on an as needed basis for boosters a month prior to the start of the allergy season or for maintenance treatments during the year.
Acupuncture Vs Western Medicine
Acupuncture treats the root cause of seasonal and perennial allergies by correcting the underlying immune system imbalance. Acupuncture provides symptom relief by aiding the bodys capacity to regulate antigen-antibody reactions and to process allergens.
For those who choose conventional care medication and allergy shots, acupuncture is a holistic therapy which can be safely incorporated into standard care without adverse side effects or contraindications. Acupuncture can aid in reducing dependence on allergy medications.
TCM and Allergies
Certain allergic disorders such as asthma, eczema and hay fever are partially regulated by brain chemicals and hormones released into the bloodstream in response to stress. While acupuncture can aid in reducing stress, your acupuncture physician may recommend stress management techniques, Chinese herbs, and diet modification to supplement your acupuncture therapy.