Acupuncture and Allergies
Many people are often affected by seasonal allergies and suffer from nasal congestion, sniffing and sneezing. Seasonal allergies occur when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to external allergens. The most common triggers of seasonal allergies are pollen from wind-pollinated plants such as weeds, trees and grasses that cause allergic reactions. Let’s take a quick look at allergy symptoms:
Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Watery and itchy eyes
• Irritated sinuses, throat or ear canals
• Ear congestion and tinnitus
• Postnasal drip
• Acid reflux
• Skin rashes
Such symptoms can make you feel sluggish and anxious because your nervous system will be hypersensitive when you don’t get enough oxygen due to nasal congestion. At this point, you should seek acupuncture treatment to prevent seasonal allergens from triggering hay fever symptoms.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture helps maintain the flow of vital energy along your body’s meridians. These meridians are channels that serve all the organs, muscles, nerves and surfaces of the body. Energy flows through these meridians throughout the body and balances your immune and nervous systems. However, allergies block the meridians and impede the flow of energy, causing inflammation and infection. Acupuncture helps restore the smooth flow of energy by placing fine needles on meridian points. These injections can reduce the release of histamine from mast cells by balancing your immune and nervous systems. Acupuncture can also improve your digestion to reduce histamine release because undigested food tends to trigger immune reactions.
This Chinese procedure is performed by a trained acupuncturist by inserting hair-thin needles under the skin into different parts of your body. The duration of treatment varies from person to person, depending on the conditions being treated. It also depends on how your body responds to the treatment. If a person has a stronger digestive system and less stress, they will need 6 to 10 treatments to get relief from their allergies. Otherwise, more sessions will be required.
How long do the effects of acupuncture last?
The effect of acupuncture can last up to 12 months. However, its actual effectiveness depends on factors such as the nature or severity of the patient’s symptoms and their duration.
The effects and recovery time of acupuncture can vary from person to person. For some people, the time it takes to treat seasonal allergies may be longer, while for others it may be less. The longer a person’s symptoms persist, the longer it takes to cure the problem. Often times, it takes some time for the body to respond to a new treatment, and it may require multiple acupuncture sessions to cure an illness. As symptoms improve, less frequent acupuncture treatment is required. Therefore, if you have seasonal allergies, it is recommended to resort to acupuncture therapy to restore the energy flow and eliminate the substances that cause your allergies.