Just like that, Spring is here and ready to bring warmth, growth, and unwelcome allergies. Some of us will have little to no allergy symptoms while others are already anticipating the dreadful watery, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and coughing.
There are popular ways to make these symptoms more manageable—like antihistamines and decongestants—but there is an age-old, medication-free treatment that continues to provide relief for many: acupuncture.
Treatment for Spring Allergies
Spring allergies leave you feeling less than your best. The symptoms of spring allergies hinder your concentration and prevent you from being your most productive. When suffering from these bothersome symptoms, it’s all too easy to turn to immediate relief of medications like antihistamines and decongestants. Unfortunately, these medications present some unpleasant symptoms themselves, the most common being drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration.
The best treatment possible is a treatment that actually works and does not present other distasteful symptoms which is what you can expect from acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. Acupuncture is based on maintaining a healthy flow of vital energy—known as qi—through the meridians of the body. These meridians are like channels through which the qi flows. With allergies, the flow of qi is blocked by an obstruction in the meridians or flows in the wrong direction. This causes too much qi in some areas and not enough qi in other areas, causing the body to be out of balance.
A study on the effects of acupuncture on seasonal allergies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine tested the efficacy of this treatment method. German researchers studied 422 people who tested positive for pollen allergies and found that those who received acupuncture therapy not only reported improved symptoms, but many decreased the use of antihistamines.
What To Expect
An acupuncture specialist will gently insert very thin needles through the skin along various energy meridians to relieve your specific symptoms. From head to toe, these points are located all over the body. Many report little to no discomfort during the needle insertion. The needles will stay in place for 10 to 30 minutes. A standard consultation lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. You can expect your first visit to be closer to an hour as the acupuncturist will need to perform a preliminary evaluation.
The best antidote for allergy symptoms is getting ahead of them before they start. If you are considering trying acupuncture this year for your allergies, we recommend scheduling your first session before the peak of allergy season.
Interested in acupuncture for seasonal allergy relief? One of our acupuncture specialists at Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center in Centennial would be happy to help you find relief. Contact us for more information or request an appointment today!
BY: Dr. Friedman
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