Acupuncture & Allergies

In many parts of the country, fall allergies are beginning to rear their heads again.  Allergy sufferers are making appointments with their doctors and heading to drug stores for medications.  If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you might find real relief from an acupuncturist.

The sneezing, the watery eyes, the coughing and other allergy symptoms can be alleviated by acupuncture in many patients.  Acupuncture helps relieve symptoms and may even correct internal imbalances that lead to allergies in the first place.  After a series of acupuncture treatments, it’s not unusual for patients to throw away antihistamines and other medications that can be expensive and only partially effective.

Acupuncture’s record of success doesn’t mean allergy sufferers should ignore external and environmental causes.  If you’re allergic to certain foods, avoid them.  It’s not a bad idea to spend less time outside when pollen counts are high.  While you’re inside, make sure dust isn’t accumulating in your home. 

Some allergy symptoms can be alleviated quickly.  However, often it will take treatments over several weeks to get a handle on the symptoms and their causes.  If you’re put off by the acupuncture needles, don’t worry.  The needles are much smaller than ones used in allergy shots and virtually painless as well.

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