Most of our patients seeking treatment for allergies have typically used antihistamines, but have found either little to no relief, or do get relief from their allergy symptoms but feel married to the medications and see no end in sight for the recurring symptoms. The dreaded allergy season approaches every year and out come the medications. Alternatively, patients hear from their neighbor that they got acupuncture to treat their allergies and were met with great relief, and they try it!
Common acupuncture treatment for allergies will focus on building up the health and vitality of the lungs, by utilizing the lung meridian and other key meridians and points indicated for each patient’s unique needs. Acupuncture is known to have anti-inflammatory effects, decreasing histamine production, thereby relieving symptoms. This means that each patient is different, and treatments with acupuncture, herbal, homeopathic and holistic medicine such as cupping therapy, will be customized for every patient.
Sometimes having some understanding of a holistic modality, such as acupuncture, can be a significant part of the healing effect for patients. The belief that you can better is not just a placebo, but rather an important component to relieving your symptoms with acupuncture. The more relaxed you can become during treatment, the better your own body can begin to balance and normalize. Here are a few acupuncture point descriptions, to give you some insight as to how Traditional Chinese Medicine works to treat your allergies.
Acupuncture point indication
Cough, Phlegm, Shortness of Breath, Asthma
Large Intestine 4
Symptoms associated with the Face, Eyes, Nose, Mouth, and Ears
Expels Wind and Releases Exterior. Headaches and Migraines
Large Intestine 20
Opens nasal passages, Expels Wind, Clears Heat
Benefits the Nose, Opens Nasal Passages
Urinary Bladder 2
Wind Headache, Eye Pain, Rhinitis, Sneezing, Sinus Pain, Frontal Headache, Itching of eyes
One Sided Headache. Add point Taiyang to Alleviate Pain
Governing Vessel 23
Benefits Nose, Eyes, Head, Face to reduce swelling. Calms spirit.
In addition to acupuncture, natural medicines such as homeopathic remedies may be very beneficial to treat your symptoms. The nice thing about these remedies is that they may be taken concurrently with your other conventional medications. They are Non-drowsy and best of all, can really help you naturally treat sneezing, sinus infections, itchy, watery eyes, itchy nose and throat and more!