Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies (Allergic Rhinitis)

Everyone knows that seasonal allergies are painful and uncomfortable causing runny nose, sneezing, sinus pain, fatigue, watery eyes, and other debilitating symptoms. Allergies also affect your productivity at work and school and may be linked to depression, insomnia, and anxiety.(1)

Acupuncture offers an effective drug free treatment so you can smell the flowers. Acupuncture is different than taking a pill, it helps to reduce pain and inflammation.  But rather than adding a medication that will temporarily block a receptor, histamine in the case of allergies, acupuncture works to regulate the body’s functioning.  The goals is for long term improvement from the acupuncture treatment.

The idea is that acupuncture helps to reset the body and remind it how to be healthy.  As balance is achieved, your body is able to maintain the healthy state without medications.  So instead of simply suppressing the body’s reaction, it works to correct the root cause of the problem.

Acupuncture’s Understanding of Allergies

Acupuncture has its own view of the body and health.  Acupuncturists look for an imbalance that is causing of allergies.

Qi is the body’s vital energy, it gives you the power to work, study, exercise, and fight illness. In acupuncture, the cause of allergies is often a qi imbalance.  There are two major qi imbalances.  The most common one for allergies is when there is too little qi, we call this a qi vacuity.  When your qi is vacuous, you feel tired, can get colds easily, may have poor digestion, coughing, wheezing,  and possibly asthma.  The acupuncture works to boost up your qi, giving you more energy and protecting you from allergies.

The second imbalance is called qi stagnation. This is when your qi does not circulate well. This is often caused by stress, and can cause pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, and in some cases, bring on asthma attacks.

Inflammation is a cause of allergies and chronic sinus pain. In acupuncture, this is often related to an imbalance called heat.  Heat can cause dryness, irritation, and pain.  This is often common in chronic sinusitis.

Acupuncture can help reduce allergies
Acupuncture can help reduce allergies

The Acupuncture Treatment

An effective acupuncture treatment is based upon a specific and accurate diagnosis of the imbalance and by targeting the exact root of the condition leads to the most successful treatment.

I combine acupressure with the acupuncture to create greater results and a stronger sense of relaxation. Usually people will feel some relief after only a visits.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture helps to reduce inflammation and increase circulation.  Acupuncture also helps to regulate the brain to reduce pain, so it is also possible that is another way it works to help regulate the immune response to allergies (2).

References:

1. Marcus MB. Seasonal allergies could spark depression, fatigue.  USA Today. 3/18/2008.2. Napadow V, Ahn A, Longhurst J, et.al. The Status and Future of Acupuncture Mechanism Research. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 September; 14(7): 861–869. 

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  1. Acupuncture has been used to complement mainstream medical treatments more and more frequently in recent years. This therapy, derived from Chinese traditional medicine (TCM), has proven effective to treat chronic pain, as well as over 40 other illnesses and diseases. The practice of acupuncture and how it works remains shrouded in mystery for most people, however. Below is a brief history of acupuncture therapy that will shed a little light on this ancient healing art.

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