What are the causes of allergies?
Allergic symptoms occur when the immune system produces antibodies and histamines to what it recognize as harmful substances (dust, pollen, animal dander). Usually the symptoms affects your skin, respiratory system, or digestive system. Symptoms can range from minimal or can quickly escalate to an emergency situation as in the case of an anaphylactic shock.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
Asthma, hives, eczema,
Runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing
Itchy eyes, ears, throat, roof of mouth, skin
Swollen eyes, ears, mouth, or throat
How does Acupuncture help with allergies?
Antihistamine is a common drug used to treat allergies. It often is a teaser drug as it helps you feel better but does not eliminate the symptoms. Acupuncture is a viable alternative and in some cases able to help eliminate the symptoms. It works by regulating immune function to help it function normally and has systemic anti-inflammatory effects. As in the case of allergies the immune system is hyperactive and needs to be down regulated.
How many treatments will I need for allergies?
Often patients will feel an immediate relief during their first acupuncture treatment. Some may need more to get experience the initial relief. Treatments will range from 4-12 visits depending on severity of the condition.