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Acupuncture to Relieve Allergies

Bhakti Satalkar
Fall, winter, and spring are the seasons of allergies. Acupuncture not only relieves allergies, but also helps maintain the balance of the body. It regulates the flow of energy and helps keep other infections at bay.
Allergies are mostly caused due to pollen of flowers, grasses, and weeds. The most common symptoms of allergies are itchy eyes, sneezing, running nose, headaches and fatigue. A number of medicines are available, but most of them have a certain side effects.
At the same time, these medicines are neither able to improve the overall health of the patient, nor prevent any further allergies. On the other hand, acupuncture not only cures the allergies, but any further allergies are also prevented. Now, let's see in brief what are allergies.

What are Allergies?

An imbalance in the immune system is said to give rise to allergies. They are also a sign of over-reaction of the immune system to certain allergens. Normally, seasonal allergies are triggered due to wind borne allergens.
Acupuncture helps in preventing the occurrence of infection and it also helps in healing the tissues of the sinuses. It treats the root cause of the allergies and does not merely suppress the symptoms.

► Acupuncture for Allergies

Acupuncture is one of the oldest and commonly used medical procedure, which is used to treat a variety of problems. The term acupuncture means treating a variety of health conditions by stimulating a variety of anatomical points.
There are different schools of thought namely Chinese, Japanese and Korean, when it comes to the use of acupuncture. In the traditional Chinese Medicine, allergies are related to the wind. The symptoms of which go as rapidly as they had come.
According to the traditional medicine, people who do not have resistance to colds and other respiratory infections are more susceptible to allergies. If a person has chronic allergies, it is due to problems with the spleen, kidney or lungs.

Laser Acupuncture

In laser therapy, the allergens are identified and then laser is used to stimulate the bio-meridian points on the body. The points are actually same as the acupressure and acupuncture points.
In case of any blockages, they are unblocked. This helps in strengthening the organ, so that it is in a better position to counter the allergen. The laser, which is used in this treatment, is often cold laser.
However, laser acupuncture method is disputed, as according to some, this method does not have any scientific backing.

Acupuncture for Food Allergies

Acupuncture is used to treat food allergies too, as it helps in restoring the normal immune function of the body.
Needles are inserted into certain meridians or acupressure points in the body.This causes the blockages on the pathways to be removed, which in turn results in restoration of harmonious balance and free flow of life force throughout the body.
According to some, food allergies are as a result of allergy to specific proteins present in the body, rather than juices, present in the food. Along with acupuncture, it is recommended to eat immunity enhancing food. The food should be rich in vitamin C, magnesium, and beta-carotene.

Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies

Acupuncture helps to unclog the sinuses and mucus membranes. The results of this treatment vary from one patient to another. Some patients notice a difference in their condition within a few days of the treatment, while some see the difference after a series of treatments.
A 20 minute acupuncture treatment is given once a week for six weeks. The points, which are stimulated are points of the large intestine, gallbladder, lung, and liver.
Acupuncture for allergies will help in restoring the immune system without having any side effects. However, if a patient has severe case of allergy, it is recommended, that you talk to your health care professional about it. At the same time, it would not harm to note the credentials of the acupuncturist, with whom you plan to take the treatment.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this story is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.