Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. Acupuncture for allergies is a safe and effective non-pharmaceutical treatment option. With over 50 million allergy sufferers, over-the-counter and prescription medications can provide respite, but all come with side-effects.
As the weather gets warmer, allergy sufferers start experiencing some of the intrusive symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) or seasonal allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies). These can include itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and difficulty breathing. All of these symptoms can get in the way of enjoying the welcomed warmth of spring and summer. Many people turn to acupuncture for allergies and acupuncture for hay fever to relieve their symptoms.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR HAY FEVER
Acupuncture for hay fever treatments can reduce not only the problematic symptoms of allergies, but also the amount of medications taken to address them. There is research, as well as medical and health organizations, that have found acupuncture to be beneficial for allergy sufferers.
- A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that study participants who received acupuncture had improved symptoms as well as a decrease in their use of medication at the end of 12 treatments, as compared with those who did not have acupuncture.
- According to the U.S. National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, research has shown the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of both seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis. Studies also show it to be safe, well tolerated and without apparent side effects in the treatment of allergies.
- The American Academy of Otolaryngology included a recommendation for acupuncture in its 2015 clinical practice guidelines. They stated that clinicians can offer acupuncture, or refer patients to another clinician who can offer acupuncture, to patients with allergic rhinitis who are interested in nonpharmacologic therapy. That same year a study revealed that one in five people with allergies included acupuncture in their treatment regimen.
As acupuncture continues to play an increasingly important role in allergy relief, research supports its effectiveness as an adjunct therapy for hay fever and seasonal allergies.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines. Our Arlington Heights acupuncturist is rated one of the best in the Chicagoland area. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
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