What is Acupuncture?
A traditional practice in Chinese medicine consisting of the insertion of tiny needles under the skin, acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Combined with the modern understanding of body mechanics, it can be an extremely effective treatment. By decreasing inflammation, a key part of the allergic response, acupuncture can be a valuable treatment for common allergies.
What types of Allergies can Acupuncture Help With?
While acupuncture has many applications, the allergy it will be most beneficial in treating is Allergic Rhinitis. Also known as Hay Fever, sufferers experience irritating nose and eye symptoms caused by exposure to allergens such as pollen, dust, and mold. Allergic Rhinitis can be experienced year round, depending on the allergen.
Why use Acupuncture
Patients can choose to use acupuncture to enhance the efficacy of medications such as antihistamines or nasal sprays, to reduce their use, or replace them entirely. Many people who suffer from allergies try to avoid allergy medications as they can have negative side effects that can affect quality of life, such as drowsiness.
Studies have shown that allergy sufferers experienced a significant reduction of their nasal symptoms, when compared to those who did not undergo treatment. By choosing acupuncture as your allergy treatment, or to compliment an existing treatment plan, you can alleviate symptoms and decrease dependence on medications.
What to Expect
You may experience allergy relief following your first acupuncture appointment, or it may take multiple sessions to notice an improvement. Likely, your treatment plan will initially consist of regular appointments over several weeks, followed by less frequent maintenance appointments preceding or during allergy season.