How Acupuncture can help with Seasonal Allergies
Allergy season can be an exhausting time of year for many people. Constantly wearing on the immune system, the pollen and season change can ruin those beautiful sunny days everyone has been “itching” to enjoy. According to the national center for health statistics, allergies affect about 26 million Americans chronically each year, and about 40 million suffer from mild seasonal allergies. Typically people will have certain sensitivities to the environment that may affect the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, and throat.
Acupuncture can help you manage the allergy symptoms and get outside again!
Allergy symptoms oftentimes can start a chain effect of other issues, such as:
- sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose
- phlegm build up
- difficulty breathing, allergy induced asthma, wheezing
- drowsiness, fatigue
- foggy head, headaches, concentration issues hives, or skin rashes
If you have been experiencing these symptoms or others you may need to consider adopting a new treatment for your allergies.
Many of the decongestants or antihistamine medications prescribed for seasonal allergies may help to reduce symptoms, may come with unwanted side effects such as drowsiness or a suppressed immune system, and might not completely address the root cause of the allergies. People feel they need to rely heavily on these medications to ease the symptoms through the season. Let us help you on a new course of action, a more natural approach to decrease the suffering throughout allergies.
How Acupuncture Helps Allergies
In a study from the American Journal of Epidemiology, there was a trial of 5,237 men and women separated into 2 groups; those to receive regular acupuncture treatments for 3 months and one control group. The groups were noted at the 3 month and 6 month period to report if the treatments had helped or there was no change. The group receiving acupuncture noted symptoms lessened after 3 months and treatments helped through the 3 months after being treated. The control group noted no change. To keep up with routine treatments throughout allergy season had helped greatly.
If you or your family member suffer from any of these seasonal or environmental allergies:
- dust mites
- mold or mildew
- pets and animals
- cigarette smoke
Let us help you manage your allergy season for a happier spring!