Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies

Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies

Did you know that over 22 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies? Are you one of these unlucky people? Seasonal allergies are the 6th most common chronic illness in the United States. If you suffer from them, then you know how uncomfortable the symptoms can be. Symptoms can include itchy watery eyes; runny nose; sneezing; post nasal drip; sinus pressure and pain; headache and nasal congestion. Some people suffer from fatigue, stuffy, itchy ears, dizziness and even tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Sufferers often utilize anti-histamines, decongestants, or corticosteroid nasal sprays. Sometimes patients report that the anti-histamines make them either tired or wired, that the decongestants dehydrate them, or that they see a rebound effect with the long-term use of nasal sprays. Additionally, some people, for example, those with a certain kind of glaucoma, cannot take anti-histamines.

What are some other options? There are many natural approaches that can offer relief. Studies have shown that avoiding foods that are pro-inflammatory make help reduce your histamine response. Try eliminating wheat, sugar and dairy products, as well as processed foods during your worst allergy season. Instead, eat a diet that is rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, and drink plenty of water. Try to get more sleep and reduce your consumption of caffeine. Take additional vitamin C and bioflavonoids, after consulting with your doctor. Use a neti pot to wash your nasal passages with warm salt water, which is highly effective in ridding mucous locally with no unwanted side effects.

Try acupuncture. In one study that included 45 people with hay fever, acupuncture worked as well as anti-histamines in improving symptoms, and the effects seemed to last longer. Many patients showed significant improvement and some showed complete elimination of their symptoms after a series of acupuncture treatments. A recent double-blind study conducted in Hong Kong showed that acupuncture was effective in decreasing the symptom scores for persistent allergic rhinitis and increasing the symptom-free days during both the treatment and the follow-up periods.

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