Allergies and Acupuncture

Fall is fast approaching and with the fall comes allergy season. Do you suffer from hay fever? Chances are if you don’t suffer from it, you know someone who does. For those that do suffer

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from hay fever, they are all too familiar with symptoms such as post-nasal drip, congestion, headaches, sneezing, as well as itchy and watery eyes.

In today’s world, there are many options to treat seasonal allergies, but they don’t all work. Some people who have seasonal allergies also have many food and drug allergies as well, making it difficult for them to take allergy medications without an allergic reaction or sensitivity to the very medication they’re taking! Other treatments are unpopular because of potential side effects. As a result, many people suffer through the fall season.

There is one option, however, that many people don’t even know was available. Most people have heard that acupuncture can help with pain problems, but don’t realize that it can be used to help with allergies too. Did you know that acupuncture could help with everything from food allergies to hay fever?

Acupuncture is an excellent way to help people through their seasonal allergy issues. Acupuncture, which involves the use of tiny needles on specific points to help treat a variety of problems, has become very popular for treating allergies because it offers many of the benefits of traditional treatment without the downsides. Acupuncture does not involve the use of chemicals or drugs. It has no side effects and is painless. It can offer relief for many allergy symptoms.

Scientific studies support these claims. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that patients suffering from allergic rhinitis who received acupuncture treatments reported improvement in their symptoms and a decrease in the use of allergy medication when compared to those getting standard treatments.

Going to an acupuncturist for allergies isn’t complicated either. Most appointments take about an hour, during which the acupuncturist will ask the patient a series of questions. After which, the patient will lie down comfortably while the acupuncturist applies the needles. Then, the patient rests for an average of 20-30 minutes while the needles are in place. Afterwards the acupuncturist removes the needles and the appointment is concluded.

Many patients will see relief right away, but to get a reduction in the frequency of symptoms it usually takes 6-8 treatments. Treatments are usually only once a week—unless the allergy symptoms are truly severe, at which point 2-3 appointments per week might be necessary. Furthermore, after your initial series of 6-8 treatments, it’s important for a patient to have a “booster” treatment or two before each allergy season. Patients are encouraged to return any time their symptoms resurface, to ensure that their treatment continues to last.

It’s important to remember that acupuncture can help many problems, so patients are encouraged to report all their problems and symptoms to their acupuncturist, even if they don’t relate back to allergies. Often an acupuncturist can work on other symptoms and problems simultaneously with the treatment for allergies.

So why suffer through another allergy season? Check with the front desk at Ridgely Retreat about getting a free consultation to find out if their acupuncturist can help you.