Allergies are one of the most common ailments that prompt clients to seek treatment. An allergic reaction occurs when a person’s body perceives a benign substance as harmful and, as a result of this, it initiates an immune response by dispatching antibodies to attack this substance, known as an allergen.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates that between 40 to 50 million people are affected by allergies throughout the United States. For many, their symptoms are ongoing and can be disruptive to their everyday lives if left untreated.
The Western treatment of allergic rhinitis relies mostly on the use of antihistamine agents. Unfortunately, antihistamines only treat the manifestations of the disease and not the root. In addition, they cause side-effects such as dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, dryness, and gastrointestinal disturbance. Chinese medicine offers allergy sufferers a unique way to strengthen their bodies and significantly reduce their symptoms, without unpleasant side effects.
How We Can Help
Diagnosing an allergy using traditional Chinese medicine is far more individualized than it would be with Western medicine. The goal of the acupuncturist is to develop a plan which addresses the person’s symptoms and provides relief, while also working on the underlying immune system imbalance which is thought to be at the root of the person’s allergies.
After a thorough exam and evaluation of your medical history has been conducted, we will begin working to develop an individual treatment plan to begin restoring balance to the appropriate organ systems within your body through a combination of:
- A course of acupuncture treatments
- Changes in dietary habits
- Use of herbal medicine (depending on medical history)
- Referral to massage therapy as a supplement to your acupuncture treatments
- Assistance with devising a plan for incorporating exercise into your routine
When combined, these therapies work together to support healing within the body by restoring balance and vitality to one’s organ systems.