Acupuncture has been used to treat seasonal allergies for centuries with great success. This complimentary healthcare treatment is directed toward clearing the nasal passages, supporting the immune system and strengthening the systems of the body to prevent allergic reactions from reoccurring.
What causes seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies are caused by the body’s hypersensitivity to substances in the environment, and millions of Canadians suffer from them. Many people turn to over-the-counter medications, which can cause unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness and immune system suppression. Acupuncture can provide effective alternatives that inflict no discomforts such as sinus headache, fatigue, dryness of the nose and throat, and itchy eyes and ears.
Acupuncture improves biochemical balance
The scientific explanation for the effectiveness of acupuncture for allergy symptoms is that it stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the body, which influence its own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities.
Address the underlying imbalances in your body
Acupuncture addresses the underlying imbalances within the body to relieve the symptoms, while also treating the root problems that are contributing to the body’s reaction to the allergens. The treatments can help to strengthen resistance and regulate the body’s antigen-antibody reactions. This is important in helping to relieve hay fever and other allergic reactions such as sinus headache, fatigue and asthma.
Patients usually experience some relief during the first visit. Nasal congestion, discharge, and itching are usually relieved during the first acupuncture visit, and up to six treatments may be needed.
Some patients return for a series of treatments each year; being proactive before allergy season begins to avoid the need for medication. Other patients remain free from allergy symptoms for years after one course of acupuncture treatments.