blog

Can Acupuncture Help Fall Allergies?

temp-post-image

With the arrival of fall, many people think the season offers welcomed relief for allergy symptoms. In reality, trees continue to bloom, pollen levels continue to rise, and ragweed makes those with allergies suffer even more. Unfortunately, the fall 2016 allergy is expected to be worse and longer than average, explains KXAN News. However, those who have exhausted medication treatment for allergies may want to consider how acupuncture in Chicago could alleviate these symptoms.

The History of Acupuncture and Allergies.

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to alleviate pain, inflammation and many other ailments, and according to Healthline, it does appear to have a positive effect on allergies as well. Most often, acupuncture is used too relieve the nasal symptoms of allergies, but recent evidence suggests acupuncture may improve overall allergy symptoms as well, including the following:

Itchy, watery eyes.
Pressure in the sinuses.
Headache.
Sneezing.
Runny nose.
Rashes that may occur on the body from contact with allergens.


Do People Still Need Antihistamines After Acupuncture?

In a 2013 study of allergy improvements through acupuncture, reports CNN, researchers created three groups of participants. One group received antihistamines and acupuncture, another group received acupuncture exclusively, and the third group received antihistamines and what they believed to be acupuncture.

The third group actually did have the tiny needles inserted, but they were not inserted according to the principles of acupuncture. This group was the placebo group.

Throughout the study, participants who received true acupuncture and histamines saw improved allergy symptoms within one week. However, some saw improvements in the group that did not take any antihistamines. As a result, researchers concluded acupuncture may have similar benefits to taking antihistamines for improving allergy symptoms.

A more comprehensive review of all known studies on the use of acupuncture for allergies found similar results. Some evidence suggests acupuncture does improve nasal allergy symptoms when combined with antihistamines. However, the current finds do not support the use of acupuncture without antihistamines for allergies.

Prepare for the Fall 2016 Allergy Season With Acupuncture.

Ultimately, people with severe or moderate fall allergies may benefit from adding acupuncture to their antihistamine regimens this year. In addition, these people may be able to reduce the dosage of antihistamines needed when combined with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. Since acupuncture carries significantly lower risk than many medications or more invasive allergy treatments, it may be the perfect antidote to the upcoming, predicted-severe fall allergy season.

To schedule your warrior's retreat in Hinsdale or Chicago to fend off fall allergies, contact Reflexion Spa online or by calling 1 (312) 600-8861 today.