by Ruonan Zhang, L.Ac.
Seasonal Allergies is a really common problem that plagues millions of Americans. Millions of dollars are spent on allergy treatments. Are you fed up with taking medications every allergy season for watery, irritated eyes and a stuffy, drippy, or itchy nose that won't go away? Are you tired of suffering from the unacceptable side-effects of allergy medications? Figuring out which natural solutions help best can be tough.
However, the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has an answer for those in search of natural solutions. In its new guidelines, the Academy recommends acupuncture as a good supplemental treatment for perennial allergic rhinitis and seasonal allergies. According to several studies, acupuncture is worth further investigation since it may help improve the quality of life for people with allergies by relieving their symptoms.
At Tao Integrative Medicine center, we have excellent experience with acupuncture treatment for patients whose medications and allergy shots proved ineffective. Often, patients can get relief in as little as one treatment. Also, patients who received treatment early in the allergy season often report afterwards that they experience improved general well-being and physical health in addition to:
- Minimization or complete elimination of the need for medications
- Symptoms management
- Release of the patient from continuous exacerbation-remission cycles
- Enhanced quality of life
- Cumulative effects that prevent a recurrence in the following year's allergy season
- A new and effective approach to health maintenance