Acupuncture for Allergies: Does it Work?

Posted on: June 17th, 2015 by Cara-Michele Nether - Acupuncturist

Allergies… You know, the runny nose, teary eyes, itchy skin and the whole 9 yards! And if allergies weren’t bad enough, over-the-counter allergy medications add insult to the injury. You may get some symptom relief, but at a cost of major drowsiness, dizziness, dry-everything and a potential for liver damage.

Shouldn’t there be a better way?

There IS a better way to address your allergy symptoms: acupuncture!

acupuncture for allergies

It may initially sound odd: what does needle therapy have to do with a runny nose? But we’ve seen it work time and time again on our clients. If you are looking for a scientific explanation, the Western science doesn’t currently have one to offer. But if you are simply looking for a way to relieve your symptoms and cut down on the allergy meds you are taking, then you should definitely try acupuncture.

Don’t worry, the needles won’t be applied to your nose, sinuses or any other facial areas. Acupuncture uses a system of meridians—energy points on your body that trigger a specific response. More often than not, meridians responsible for stimulating your allergy symptom relief are nowhere near the face. Stomach and intestine meridians are typically involved, and these are the areas where needles are often applied.

Will Acupuncture Work Right Away?

Each person has a different experience with acupuncture, but 90% of our clients experience relief of sinus pressure and some other symptoms after the very first appointment. After 3-5 sessions, their symptoms become manageable and they stop relying on allergy meds. The sneezing fits gradually go away and allergy flare-ups diminish.

Don’t Make Acupuncture for Allergies Your Last Resort

Many people come to us to try acupuncture after they’ve had limited success with allergy shots and other medications. But you don’t have to wait this long and suffer from unpleasant symptoms that make your life miserable! If you are responsive to acupuncture, you can start as soon as your seasonal allergies kick in, and save yourself time, money and physical suffering.

What Else Can You Do?

Believe it or not, your nutritional habits could also have impact on your allergic tendencies. Having a strong immunity, in general, helps fight allergy symptoms. But what’s even more important is avoiding foods that can make allergies worse. This includes both foods that you may be extra sensitive to, as well as foods that slow down your metabolism and burden your digestive system with empty calories. Try to stay away from sugar during the allergy season. Cutting down on dairy works for some people as well. In addition to the above, at Strength & Vitality Wellness Center we offer our clients suffering from allergies a special Standard Process whole food supplement protocol. It’s specifically formulated to address allergy symptoms and eventually makes the go away completely, so that you can stop using over-the-counter meds.

Take a look at Nicole, one of our clients, talking about how acupuncture and whole food supplements helped her fight her sinus infections and seasonal allergies:

Have any other questions about allergies, acupuncture or nutrition? Be sure to leave a comment or contact Cara-Michele directly!

Acupuncture for Allergies: Does it Work? was last modified: June 18th, 2015 by Cara-Michele Nether - Acupuncturist
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