Acupuncture… Sneezing with Allergies?

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Sneezing with Allergies?

Seasonal allergy, or allergic rhinitis, is one of the most common health concerns, with 40% of the North American population affected. The total direct medical cost of allergic rhinitis in the US is estimated to be greater than $3.4 billion annually, with the majority of medications being antihistamines and intranasal corticosteroids.

Treatment plans for allergies vary greatly, and the possible results range from temporary relief to complete remission. Acupuncture frequently relieves allergy symptoms immediately. Manipulation of points around the nose (such as Yintang, Bitong, and Large Intestine 20) usually relieves nasal congestion and sneezing as soon as the needles are inserted. Allergies also occur when the body’s immune system misidentifies a normally harmless substance as a threat to the body. Common allergens (substances that produce allergic reactions) are foods, pollen, animal dander, mold, insect venom, drugs, and dust mites. An inflammatory reaction takes place in an attempt to eject this substance from the system, resulting in a variety of symptoms.

Our experienced Acupuncturist will discuss an individualized treatment plan for your specific needs. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a different approach to look at the root of allergic rhinitis and effectively treat it –strengthening the immune system.

If you are tired of trying the same old nasal spray and medication, why not give Acupuncture and TCM a try? You will be impressed with the results of increasing your immune system for long-term relief!

Written by:
Sandra Moynan Longworth R.Ac., R.TCMP