Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies
It’s that time of year where we trade in our cold weather cold and flu sniffles for our springtime pollen snuffles. It’s definitely a bittersweet moment when the temperature finally starts to warm up and spring is in the air, but so many are suffering from itchy eyes, runny noses, and congestion. However acupuncture has been found in multiple studies to be beneficial in regulating the immune system and reducing the inflammation associated with seasonal allergies.
Allergies are excessive reactions from the immune system by specific “allergens”, such as pollen, mold, grasses, weeds, etc. This reaction by the immune system causes inflammation and the common allergic rhinitis symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, itchy nose, coughing, and sore throat. Getting behind the inflammatory immune response by the body is the key to taming allergy symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers seasonal allergies (as well as asthma and sinusitis) as one of the respiratory diseases that can be treated effectively with acupuncture.
One study completed in 2014 shows that acupuncture benefits allergic rhinitis (and other allergic diseases such as asthma and eczema) due to the regulation of inflammatory cytokines (cytokine profile regulation of Th1/Th2 cells and particularly in the expression of IL-10, IL-2 and IFN-γ), effectively reducing inflammation in the body. Another study with 414 patients showed that acupuncture significantly reduced the number of days patients required antihistamines to treat their allergic rhinitis symptoms while improving quality of life. And yet another study with 422 patients, showed that acupuncture led to statistically significant improvements in quality of life and antihistamine use after 8 weeks of treatment compared with sham acupuncture.
Regulating the immune system and inflammation in the body requires a holistic approach. Acupuncture along with dietary changes, supplement recommendations, nutritional IV therapy, and traditional Chinese herbs can be the key to finally being able to enjoy the springtime again.
Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies in Vancouver, BC
Struggling with allergy symptoms? Need an immune system boost? Give Acubalance a call at 604-678-8600 to schedule your initial consultation or book a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation to see how we can meet your individual concerns.
Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, R.Ac, CLT