- Marlo Rapp
Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies
Updated: Nov 30, 2022
Sneezing, sneezing, sinus pressure, and infection have you stuck on a merry-go-round? Learn how acupuncture can help the body self-regulate and defend itself against irritants in the environment!
Many people suffer from seasonal allergies caused by pollen and other environmental factors, especially in the spring.
Allergy symptoms can have a significant impact on our quality of life, preventing some people from enjoying the outdoors and participating in spring activities.
The body's sensitivity to certain allergens or substances that induce allergic reactions is referred to as the seasonal allergy symptom complex. Pollen is a common allergen that can induce seasonal hay fever symptoms or allergic rhinitis, an inflammation of the nose's insides. When an allergen enters the nasal passage, it causes a slew of unpleasant symptoms as well as the release of histamine. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, over 8% of adults in the United States have allergic rhinitis symptoms.
While most of us associate sneezing and a runny nose with seasonal allergies, many people are surprised to learn that it also causes exhaustion, cough, itchy dry skin, sore throats, watery and itchy eyes, headaches, puffiness and discoloration under the eyes, and clogged and irritated ears. Some of these symptoms are commonly seen right after coming into touch with an allergen.
Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies. Pollen season typically brings on symptoms. To help remove congestion, people often reach for their favorite over-the-counter remedy.
These kinds of treatments are frequently used, and may offer some relief. However, not everyone wants to be on a daily or multiple-day medication regimen to achieve relief. They seek a better quality of life without the side effects of pharmaceutical treatments.
This is where acupuncture comes in!
Acupuncture Treatment for Seasonal Allergies
Acupuncture has been demonstrated to be effective in treating allergic rhinitis in several research studies. The findings show that, in some situations, acupuncture is a better treatment than antihistamines — and without the negative side effects!
A study on acupuncture treatment of allergies including 422 participants was conducted at the University Medical Center in Berlin. One group underwent "fake" acupuncture, in which needles were randomly distributed around the body. Antihistamines were given to another. Acupuncture was used on the third group. The acupuncture group experienced the most improvement in their symptoms!
In China and Korea, a similar study was conducted. The experiment's trials and setting were comparable to the German study. Participants who received acupuncture reported a significant improvement in allergy symptoms, as well as a higher quality of life.
Because acupuncture is beneficial and the effects often continue for a long period, patients commonly seek relief with it. Taking allergy shots or using drugs to manage symptoms is unappealing to many people, therefore acupuncture provides a natural and realistic alternative.
Contact us to learn more about how our Hot Springs acupuncture clinic can help you with your seasonal allergies!
Four Seasons Acupuncture Hot Springs Arkansas
Acupuncture, TCM, cupping, injection therapy, Chinese Herbs, moxibustion, tuina, nutritional therapy, and more!
Located in the heart of Hot Springs, Arkansas, just minutes from Lake Hamilton, AR,
Pleasant Hill, AR, Red Oak, AR, Price, AR, and Malvern, AR.