Acupuncture Could Help You With Seasonal Allergies
Dealing with seasonal allergies can be frustrating. A runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing aren’t easy to handle on a daily basis. There are many over-the-counter antihistamines that may provide a temporary relief but for the long term relief acupuncture is one of the best treatment options. Acupuncture is a popular alternative treatment that involves the insertion and manipulation of needles at fixed acupressure points in the body.
Understanding Seasonal Allergies and The Symptoms
Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis and hay fever, are an allergic reaction that is active at specific times of the year especially during the fall and spring seasons. The symptoms occur when people come into contact with pollen, mold, dust, and animal dander that are spread by wind. Seasonal allergies are generally more common around spring time due to the new growth of trees and flowers blooming. Other allergens like dust, animal dander, and mold are present all year round. People with pets are more prone to experience more frequent reactions. Symptoms include nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, itchy ears, and hoarseness.
How Acupuncture Treats Seasonal Allergies
Acupuncture treats seasonal allergies by restoring the flow of Qi (life force or life energy) which flows through meridian channels in the body. From Traditional Chinese Medicine’s perspective seasonal allergies, referred to as “bi yuan”, occur due to a disruption or imbalance in the flow of Qi.
All imbalances, excess dampness, deficiencies, and stagnation, occurring along median channels and connected organs must be addressed in order to treat symptoms of seasonal allergies. Wind is believed to be the main cause for the imbalances resulting in congestion. Individuals with a deficiency or stagnation of Qi are more likely to catch colds and suffer from allergy symptoms during the windy season.
TCM also takes internal factors into consideration that may cause allergy symptoms to surface. The principle is to address all causative factors for the long term relief. Lungs, kidney, and/or spleen deficiencies, are often common among individuals who experience severe allergic symptoms. The aim of the acupuncturist is to establish an effective plan to address all the underlying immune system imbalances and other causes.
Acupuncture needles are inserted at certain acupuncture points during the treatment. Acupuncture needles inserted along meridian points are intended to help eliminating congestion, coughing, soreness, difficulty breathing, and asthmatic reactions. Traditional Chinese herbal medicines or naturopathic treatment may be recommended along with treatment.