Allergies can be a real burden. The itchy face, runny nose, and sneezing side effects can make us not want to participate in our normal lives. While there is a plethora of medications available to manage allergies, an increasing number of people are looking for natural alternatives to manage their symptoms. Acupuncture is one such alternative that has been gaining popularity in recent years.

How Acupuncture Treats Allergies

Acupuncture has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years and relies on the principle that a balance of energy, or Qi, flows through the body along pathways called meridians. When these pathways become blocked, acupuncture can help to restore the flow of Qi and promote healing. By stimulating points along these meridians, acupuncture can help promote energy flow and restore the body’s natural balance. For example, when treating allergies, an acupuncturist may stimulate points along the lung and large intestine channels to resolve the blockage to the nasal and sinus activity, which reduces the body’s sensitivity to allergens. For allergy sufferers with nasal congestion, facial acupuncture points can prove to be useful in providing temporary relief by clearing congestion quickly.

Studies have shown that acupuncture, when used alone or in conjunction with conventional allergy treatments, can be effective in reducing the severity of allergy symptoms. Acupuncture treatments can help decrease inflammation and improve circulation, which can lead to a reduction in symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and nasal congestion. Patients often note that they feel better overall and these improvements last beyond the allergy season. Acupuncture treatments are both practical and drug-free and effective way of helping alleviate allergy symptoms.

Whole Body Approach

It’s worth noting that acupuncturists take a “whole body” approach to treatment, so it is not just about addressing allergy symptoms alone. Allergies are considered a sign of an overreactive immune system. This means that attention to the immune system can be beneficial for allergy sufferers. Acupuncturists work with patients to identify possible underlying imbalances or stressors that could be exacerbating the allergy symptoms and offer helpful strategies to help alleviate their symptoms or prevent them altogether.

Several studies have investigated the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for allergy symptoms. One study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that acupuncture helped to improve the quality of life of people with seasonal allergies compared to a control group who received sham acupuncture. Another study published in the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that acupuncture was more effective than standard medical care for treating allergic rhinitis.

Another significant benefit is that acupuncture is a safe and non-invasive option for allergy sufferers. Unlike some allergy medications which may have unpleasant side effects such as sleepiness or an irritated stomach, acupuncture does not produce any of these unpleasant symptoms. Side effects of acupuncture are generally limited to minor discomfort or mild soreness in targeted areas.

Types of Allergies that Acupuncture Can Treat

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, is an allergic reaction to airborne allergens such as pollen or dust. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis can include sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of allergic rhinitis by modulating the immune system and decreasing inflammation.

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the airways and can cause difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Research has found that acupuncture may be beneficial for people with asthma by reducing inflammation in the airways and improving lung function.

Eczema

Eczema is a skin condition that causes redness, itching, and flaking of the skin. Studies have found that acupuncture may be effective in reducing symptoms of eczema by increasing blood flow to the affected area and modulating the immune system to reduce inflammation.

Food Allergies

Food allergies are an abnormal response of the body’s immune system to certain foods or ingredients in food. Research has found that acupuncture may be beneficial for people with food allergies by modulating the immune system and reducing sensitivity to allergens.

Drug Allergies

Drug allergies are an abnormal response of the body’s immune system to certain drugs or medications. Studies have found that acupuncture may be beneficial for people with drug allergies by modulating the immune system and reducing sensitivity to allergens.

Your Acupuncture Treatment

It is worth noting that acupuncture comes with few side effects compared to prescription medications. While some people may experience slight bruising or soreness at the site of the needle insertion, these side effects are rare, usually mild, and temporary.

If you are considering acupuncture as a treatment for your allergies, it is important to find an experienced and licensed practitioner. They will work with you to identify the best course of treatment based on your specific needs and symptoms. Acupuncture is an effective modality for treating allergy symptoms. It can provide significant relief and may be a valuable addition to your allergy management plan.

Acupuncture has the potential to help reduce your symptoms from a natural approach. Several studies have demonstrated its ability to reduce allergy symptoms and improve quality of life. As with any alternative treatment, it is important to seek out an experienced and licensed practitioner to ensure safe and effective treatment. Acupuncture is not a cure for allergies, but it can be a valuable tool in managing symptoms and improving overall quality of life.

Mountain View Acupuncture can treat allergies using these ancient techniques. Contact us today to book an appointment with one of our expert acupuncturists in Bend, Oregon. You can reach us by phone at (541) 388-0675 or email at info@mountainviewacupuncture.com. We look forward to seeing you in the office!