If you are suffering from spring allergies, you are not alone. Over 26 million Americans deal with chronic seasonal allergies according to the National Center of Health Statistics. This figure does not include people who may just be dealing with more minor symptoms from allergies, but if it did, it is presumed that number would shoot up to 40 million people.
Many individuals rely on over-the-counter options to help relieve the symptoms of allergies. Medications are often not ideal, because they can leave patients with some unpleasant side effects. Fortunately, acupuncture provides a more holistic approach that doesn’t leave you feeling unhealthy, because it treats more than just the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
“Most over-the counter drugs treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily, and they often come with negative side effects. But not acupuncture. Acupuncture treats allergies safely and effectively with no side effects. It is one of the major holistic therapies used for thousands of years to address the underlying energetic relationships in the body that makes those allergic reactions happen,” said Ingri Boe-Wiegaard, L.Ac. from the CT Acupuncture Center in Bethel, CT.
Many hesitate to try acupuncture for seasonal allergies because they aren’t exactly sure how it works. We wanted to create a post to help demystify the process of acupuncture for patients.
For those not familiar with acupuncture, it is an ancient medicine which uses hair thin needles to stimulate certain points to the body. This stimulation can treat a number of ailments and health problems by stimulating the body.
An appointment at an acupuncturists starts off a lot like an appointment at a traditional Western doctor. The specialists will ask you about you symptoms, medical history, etc. They need this information to best assess how to treat the patient.
Next the doctor will apply hair thin needles to the patient at specific points that provide allergy relief. For some patients, one appointment a year is enough to treat their symptoms. Other patients require follow-ups to help boost the treatment.
Many patients report immediate relief after receiving the acupuncture treatment. This relief is not permanent, but it can last for weeks. It is especially helpful to extend the lifetime of the treatment if the patients follows any dietary guidelines set by the acupuncturist.
To find more information on acupuncture, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more or ask a doctor your acupuncture and allergy questions.
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