Suffer from seasonal allergies and allergic rhinitis? Not finding relief with common treatments? Read more below on how we can reduce symptoms and get you feeling better in no time.
Acupuncture Can Help Allergic Rhinitis
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Millions of people suffer from allergies every year and the causes of allergies seem to be as many as the people who suffer from them.
According to the CDC, over 12 million doctors visits reported involving allergic rhinitis in 2016 and 3 million reported office visits with diagnosis eczema. Around 30% of Americans are affected by allergies each year, and as many as 50 million experience annual recurring allergy symptoms.
The severity of an individual’s reaction to any given allergy can differ greatly from one person to another, and one allergic event to the next. Allergies range in severity from mild, to irritating, severe, debilitating, and even deadly.
The most common, most problematic allergic sensitivity is Hay Fever or allergic rhinitis. Many people miss work and other important activities on a seasonal basis when severe hay fever symptoms are not controlled.
Allergic rhinitis can include: sneezing, nasal obstruction, often accompanied by itching of the eyes, nose, and mouth, postnasal drip, cough, irritability, and fatigue are other common symptoms.
For these reasons, many people seek relief from allergies, and many healthcare practitioners are looking for better ways to treat allergies. One of the most promising treatments to emerge over the years has been acupuncture and naturopathic medicine therapies.
The Effects of Acupuncture on Allergies
While medication can reduce inflammation and suppress other symptoms of allergies, Western Medicine almost always has undesirable side effects. Few medications can resolve the underlying problem that makes a given person allergic to a particular substance. Conversely, acupuncture has been used for a number of years now by a wide range of practitioners to successfully relieve allergy symptoms.
Acupuncture stimulates specific vital points in the body and areas with particularly dense nerve clusters. Acupuncture sends signals to the brain that influence the way the nervous system functions. It can also be used to relieve stress, pain, migraines, insomnia, nerve pain, and much more. It has been used as a treatment for allergies for many years. Both patients and practitioners speak highly of its ability to reduce allergic reactions.
Only now, has empirical evidence surfaced, proving in a clinical setting that acupuncture has a measurable, beneficial effect on allergy symptoms.
Acupuncture, and Its Effect on Allergic Rhinitis
The study took aim at the most troublesome of all allergies, allergic rhinitis. It corroborates the reports by patients and practitioners that acupuncture is an effective way to treat allergies.
The study looked at 422 patients who tested positive for pollen allergies and presented with allergic nasal symptoms. The researchers randomly assigned participants to three different groups. One group was given 12 acupuncture treatments and took antihistamines as they normally would. The next group took 12 sham acupuncture treatments and antihistamines as they would normally do to combat symptoms. The third group took only antihistamines with no acupuncture treatments.
The research team found that those who received both real acupuncture and antihistamines reported the largest decrease in symptoms. They also reported using antihistamines less frequently than the other two groups.
While this study was limited to one allergy, it is promising that other, if not all chronic allergies, can be successfully treated through the regular use of acupuncture and/or acupressure.
Contact our office at (425) 686-4498 to schedule your consult today with Dr. Heintze today to learn how we can help prevent and treat your allergy symptoms.
Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. She is a pain specialist, seeing people who suffer from chronic pain, migraines, as well as digestive issues. Offering pain relief injections, acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, and nutrition consults. Most insurances accepted. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free on Amazon.
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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc
- Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
- Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
- Master’s Degree in Chemistry
Northern Arizona University
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