About 50 million Americans are affected by common allergies each year. Allergies are indications of an over reactive immune system to certain allergens that have infiltrated the body. Each individual has a certain allergen that affects his/her body and what might be an allergen for one person may not be an allergen for another. Acupuncture is one among many available treatments for allergies to help relieve the symptoms of this condition. But being a holistic treatment, acupuncture will not only resolve the symptoms of your allergy but will also address the underlying root of the allergy leading to a balance in your body systems and fullness of health.
What is an allergen?
Anything that causes in you an allergic reaction is an allergen. There can be literally thousands of allergens that bring about the rise of allergy symptoms. They can be skin contact allergens, ingested allergens, and respiratory allergens. Skin contact allergens can include a chemical allergen such as latex. They can also be a poison ivy or a bee sting. Ingested allergens are taken through drugs and foods and can include antibiotics, nuts, and shellfish. Respiratory allergens are inhaled into the body. They can be animal dander, house dust mites, mold spores and airborne pollens from tree grasses and blooms.
Allergy treatment using acupuncture
Practiced for more than 4,000 years, acupuncture is a healing art that is part and parcel of a collection of medical knowledge known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Adherents of TCM have utilized acupuncture for millennia as a natural way of balancing yin and yang to heal the body. TCM practitioners believe that in each human body, a vital energy known as Qi flows through channels of energy known as meridians. Good health is experienced by the person when Qi flow smoothly; when a blockage to this flow occurs, sickness develops. Acupuncture is then utilized to clear out any obstacles in the meridians to restore the smooth flow of Qi and treat the sickness.
What happens during acupuncture treatment?
To help treat allergy and its symptoms, acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points in the body known as acupoints or pressure points. There is a specific meridian that runs just underneath a certain acupoint. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into a point, the meridian underneath it is stimulated leading to a series of physiological responses that will help treat the symptoms as well as the allergy itself leading to the cure of the allergic reaction.
To prevent any inadvertent injuries and infections, you need to find a qualified and experienced acupuncturist who can give you the results you desire.