• Craig Amrine L.Ac.

Why You Should Try Acupuncture for Allergy Treatment

Widely hailed as an alternative treatment method, acupuncture tends to cure a large array of medical issues, including weight loss to fibromyalgia. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice to treat health issues.

 

Now, however, this treatment method has become common place among western medical professionals to help curb nausea, pain and stress. But did you know acupuncture can also cure, though lesser-known, allergies, including asthma?

If you’re searching for a cure to your allergies without using a medication, acupuncture may be the answer to your prayers. Let’s explore how:


A Little About Acupuncture

This traditional Chinese method involves the use of needles to target health problems. Stemmed from the belief that a web of energy lines connects pressure points called meridians. The pathway creates in our body allows the energy to flow.

When defensive qi (energy lines) disrupt for any reason, a myriad of medical issues can occur. Acupuncture reestablishes those energy lines and communication between the nervous system and organs to alleviate any symptoms.

An exceptionally-trained expert can gently direct needles in different placements under the skin. Because needles are hair-thin and their placement well-determined, the practitioner targets them at the target organ.


Treating Allergies: What Research Says?

Some guidelines for physicians also include the use of acupuncture to treat allergies. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation advises doctors to recommend acupuncture to patients looking for non-pharmacological treatments.

Some results may have been mixed, but several meta-analyses and reviews suggest the benefits of acupuncture for allergic rhinitis. According to a 2015 study of over 2,000 samples, researchers found a significant improvement in nasal symptoms of participants who received acupuncture.

Another 2015 study concluded a high efficacy of this ancient technique in treating perennial and seasonal allergic rhinitis.


Allergy Treatment with Acupuncture

Using acupuncture for eczema, asthma and other allergies is widely researched. Although a placebo treatment – sham acupuncture also relieves stress, the reported relief is not as much. A large multi-center study suggests a greater relief from hay fever and seasonal allergic rhinitis for those who received acupuncture as compared to those who didn’t receive this treatment.

Similarly, acupuncture is also said to effectively treat atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema. Studies have shown a significant reduction in an itchy rash caused by eczema. However, it must be noted that concurrent acupuncture works better than preventative acupuncture in treating this health condition.


Acupuncture to Treat Asthma

Acupuncture and acupressure are used as supplementary treatments to boost the effectiveness of their primary treatment by keeping the symptoms under control. Acupressure is a massage technique similar to acupuncture based on traditional Chinese techniques. Its effects are similar to acupuncture.


Acupuncture can find acupoints to treat asthma symptoms. Bladder 13, conception vessel 17, kidney 27 and lung 1 are those points. Studies suggest a significant increase in relieving allergic asthma due to allergens like food, mold, dust and pollen.

You can schedule weekly or bi-weekly appointments for allergy treatment depending on the symptoms, followed by an annual booster if needed.


A woman suffering from allergies

If you’re looking for an acupuncture specialist in Tempe, Hidden Rhythm Acupuncture is the right place for you. We use traditional Chinese acupuncture techniques to treat sports injury, pain, mental health issues, allergies and digestive problems. We also offer mobile in-home acupuncture therapy services, so you don’t have to leave your home. Contact us to book your acupuncture therapy in Tempe today.

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