Do you suffer from allergies every spring or late summer? Allergies are notoriously difficult to treat, as there are a fair amount of factors that can cause them. First, there are outdoor airborne allergens floating around at different times of the day. Pollen (such as that of ragweed) and grass are some of the main culprits during allergy seasons. Indoor allergens like dust, mold and pet hair can also make a person’s allergies worsen. Finally, did you know that your diet could affect your allergies?
During the peak allergy seasons of spring and late summer, many people suffer from extreme symptoms of congestion, sneezing, lethargy and exhaustion. It can be overwhelming to know how to begin to reduce your allergy symptoms. Over-the-counter medications only work for so long before our bodies become resistant to them. However, acupuncture is a great preventative measure for allergies because it uses natural techniques to heal the body. Here is an overview of what you can do to minimize your allergies and how acupuncture can play a role.
Minimizing allergens in the home is the first step in reducing allergic reactions. It’s best to close windows in summer and early fall and turn on the air conditioner’s dehumidifier. Make sure your AC is clean so it doesn’t blow dust or debris around the home. This will improve the air quality and keep outdoor allergens outside.
Give your home a good clean and remove any dust and mold. This will make a world of difference to your allergies and you will start to see an improvement immediately.
Acupuncture as a Preventative Measure
Since allergies are an immune response that is triggered by the release of cortisol (a stress hormone), they can have a profound affect on your immune system and overall wellbeing. Acupuncture is an effective tool to reduce this response which can be used in combination with western medicine. Many people even claim that acupuncture has reduced their dependency on allergy medications.
It’s best to set up acupuncture treatments before the allergy symptoms begin to prevent your allergies from starting. Most medications, even over-the-counter pills, should be taken far in advance of the expected reactions. Likewise with acupuncture, it’s always better to start treatment before the symptoms strike. However, if you’re already experiencing symptoms, seeing an acupuncture professional can help your body begin the process of alleviating your reactions.
How Acupuncture for Allergies Works
Acupuncture for allergies works with points along the spleen, stomach and large intestine meridians to reduce the allergic reaction’s persistence and intensity. It boosts the immune system, reduces itching, swelling, stuffiness and restores the body’s balance naturally.
Are you suffering from allergy symptoms? With hay fever season well under way, let us help. Schedule an appointment to see a professional acupuncture practitioner today.