Ahhh..spring has arrived – and so have seasonal allergies. Pollen allergy affects an estimated 35 million Americans each year, according to Web MD. Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and sinus congestion are just a few of the allergy symptoms people face each year as the pollen count rises.
While over the counter remedies such as antihistamines can help in the short term, many people find that these medications lose their effectiveness over time. Fortunately, natural treatment alternatives exist. Acupuncture has been proven to effectively reduce and even eliminate allergy symptoms. CNN reported research published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine in March 2013 on the positive benefits of acupuncture treatment for seasonal allergies.
How does acupuncture work? By placing tiny, sterilized needles into just a few specific acupuncture points, acupuncture has been shown to boost your immune system so you can combat common allergens such as pollen, dust, and animal dander. In Chinese medical terminology, acupuncture boosts the ‘Wei Qi’ or protective qi that circulates just beneath the skin. Wei qi becomes weak due to common dietary factors such as excess sugar and not enough quality nutrition like fresh vegetables. Additional factors include stress and lack of sleep. Acupuncture combined with good nutrition is a winning combination for seasonal allergies.
To read more, please see my Allergies & Asthma page complete with patient testimonials and research articles to see how acupuncture can help YOU with your allergies this season.