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Benefits of Acupuncture for Allergies
Understanding the Benefits of Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies
The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and trees are lush with fresh growth; making the world colorful again – YES, the sure signs that warmer days and Summer are drawing near, are here!
For allergy sufferers, however, those trees and flowers signal the return of seasonal allergies and the uncomfortable symptoms that they cause. If you use over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants with little to no relief, or want to try a more natural approach, it may be time to give Eastern medicine a try.
Have you ever considered Acupuncture? You should. It not only offers relief from pain and inflammation (among many other issues), but it can also help reduce and clear allergy symptoms in as little as just one visit.
Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t – and our team has put together a list of benefits in how this Holistic approach can help you this allergy season. Check them out below.
Know Your Symptoms
The usual culprit for Spring and Summer allergies is pollen from trees, shrubs and flowers earlier in the season – to the grasses and weeds that bloom later. While pollen is as natural as it comes, so is the body’s response to it in the air, and for some people, that response is a form of over-reaction known as an allergy.
Typical allergy symptoms include the following upper respiratory issues:
- Itchy or red eyes
- Runny nose
- Sinus congestion and pain
- Dry cough and tightness in chest
- Skin rashes
These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and people usually turn to their physicians for relief in the form of oral medication, nasal spray, or inhaler to ease their discomfort.
When It Doesn’t Work
What if you have taken everything you can, and still your allergic reaction persists? Acupuncture can be a holistic alternative to reduce your allergic response and give you a respite. A skilled acupuncturist knows where to apply needles not only to improve your respiratory responses but also to minimize your systemic inflammation.
The idea is simple. Acupuncture needles are administered to pressure points throughout the body that may correspond with those areas that react to allergens. For example, needles near your nose and sinuses may stop sneezing, while targets near your feet may reduce itchiness in your eyes.
In fact, addressing systemic inflammation may work better than traditional treatment because an acupuncturist understands how your body systems function and interact. By improving that function, you may be able to reduce the allergic response because your immune system is in balance.
With improved blood flow, your body may respond quickly to acupuncture for allergies, but the real benefit comes with multiple treatments to improve your total health and boost your immune responses. If you want an integrated approach to allergy management with the side effects that go along with pharmaceutical treatments, visit Holistic Vitality Center or call us at (919) 848-3333.