Antihistamines and allergy injections aren’t the only treatment options available to the more than 30 million Americans who experience seasonal allergies. In fact, a growing number of allergy sufferers in the United States are turning to the ancient therapy of acupuncture to bring them newfound relief from the sneezing, congestion, and watery eyes that plague them.
According to a 2004 study published by Allergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be safe and effective treatment options for patients with seasonal allergies. Acupuncture was given once a week for six weeks, with a Chinese herbal medicine formula taken daily. At the conclusion of the study, patients noted improvements in allergy symptoms in the nose and eyes, higher energy levels, and improved emotional wellbeing.
Seasonal allergies fall under the diagnosis of allergic rhinitis, which includes such symptoms as runny nose, sneezing, and watery/itchy eyes. Allergic rhinitis may be triggered by blooming plants, dust, animal dander, or other environmental sensitivities.
Consumers spend millions of dollars each year on medications and allergy shots to treat allergic rhinitis, and these treatments can cause unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness. Acupuncture for allergic rhinitis focuses on supporting the immune system, as well as relieving symptoms of stuffy nose, headache, sneezing, and watery/itchy eyes.
If you experience seasonal allergies, now is the time to find an acupuncturist and start working on preventing your spring allergy attack. If you want to give acupuncture a try, be sure to seek treatment from a licensed acupuncturist (LAC).