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  • Writer's pictureJustin Short

Win Against Seasonal Allergies

It is that time of year again when temperatures rise and everything is in bloom. For many, it marks the beginning of seasonal allergies. The usual response to this is prescription or over the counter medications, or in severe cases, allergy shots. These treatments are great at stopping the symptoms of allergies; runny nose, red and itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion. However, they need to be taken regularly and are often not completely effective. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer a third way to treat allergies that can be effective on its own or in conjunction with medications, often times more effective than medications alone. Additionally, it can help reduce the need for those medications as treatment continues.

Allergy symptoms are the result of an immediate hypersensitive reaction to allergens such as pollen. Medications work by reducing the severity of this reaction, essentially covering up the symptoms. However, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can work to help the body self-regulate and thus have a more normal response to all types of allergens, not just pollen. What this means for you is less sever allergy symptoms less frequently, and in some cases, no symptoms at all. It is even possible, and in some cases preferable, to start treatment prior to allergy season in order to prevent symptoms before they even start.

All this takes time however, you should expect about two months of weekly treatments for the full effect, and some patients may need to come in a few times throughout the year for a ‘tune up’. In many cases dietary changes will also help greatly. Cutting out dairy, sugar and gluten will help reduce the body’s response to allergens and also increase its response to treatment. Additionally, locally sourced honey (usually within a 20-30 mile radius of your house) can be a huge help. It gets your body used to all the pollens in the air and helps it realize it does not need act like it is under attack. This can lead to better and longer lasting results.

If you are worried about the coming allergy season, or even if you have year round symptoms, acupuncture can be a great alternative, or compliment, to regular medical treatments that can lead to longer and better results and improve your boy’s overall function. If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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