Acupuncture for Allergies
Acupuncture therapy is an effective, holistic and natural form of healing that has a wide range of health benefits and can improve a wide range of conditions. For some people, when they think of acupuncture treatment they might only think of acupuncture for pain management, or acupuncture for sports injuries. However acupuncture therapy can influence a wide range of conditions and provide many benefits, such as acupuncture for allergies!
Allergies occur when a person’s immune system reacts to substances in the environment that most people find harmless. There are many different types of allergy, with symptoms ranging from mild to potentially life threatening. Allergies are very common, and the number of people with allergies is increasing throughout Australia.
A common type of allergy is a seasonal allergy, commonly known as hay fever. Symptoms of hay fever include a running nose, sneezing and watery itchy eyes that recur during certain parts of the year (most commonly spring and autumn).
Acupuncture for allergies is an effective natural method to reduce the symptoms associated with allergies. Acupuncture therapy has been found to help boost the body’s immune system through regular acupuncture treatments, which in turn can help to lessen the symptoms of allergies such as hay fever.
Studies conducted on acupuncture for allergies have found that acupuncture therapy is an excellent complementary treatment for the treatment of seasonal allergies. Acupuncture for allergies often reduces or even eliminates the need for medications, which can help people avoid side-effects of some allergy medications. Acupuncture therapy is a viable option for those looking for a non-pharmaceutical method to reducing the symptoms of hay fever or allergies.
Some studies suggest that acupuncture treatment can modulate the levels of cytokines and other anti-inflammatory mediators involved in immune responses, such as allergies, to reduce allergenic symptoms. Acupuncture for allergies is a safe treatment, with side effects in acupuncture being very rare. Acupuncture for allergies is also a cost effective treatment option, with the cost for most patients being comparable to symptomatic medication.
Acupuncture therapy is quite individualized, with the treating Doctor of acupuncture forming an individual treatment plan for each patient depending on their symptoms and goals. With acupuncture for allergies, often patients will experience relief during the first visit; however a series of initial treatments is often needed to ensure symptoms are lessened for a longer period of time. Patients can determine the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment by comparing nose stuffiness, number of sneezes and severity of eye itching before and after treatments. Acupuncture treatments for allergies have both a preventative and therapeutic aspect, and many patients find it beneficial to receive acupuncture therapy prior to the onset of symptoms (for example, attending an appointment before Spring), as well as after the onset of symptoms.
Benno Brinkhaus et al, “Acupuncture in Patients With Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis: A Randomized Trial,” Annals of Internal Medicine, doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-4-201302190-00002
Xue, C. C., English, R., Zhang, J. J., Da Costa, C., & Li, C. G. (2002). Effect of acupuncture in the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled clinical trial. The American journal of Chinese medicine, 30(01), 1-11.