The red, itchy eyes. The lack of tissues at the grocery store. The sound of constant sniffling and sneezing. We’re all very aware – this allergy season has been brutal.
The main cause of the uptick in allergy symptoms can be attributed to high pollen levels, especially in Rochester. Our immune systems treat pollen as an invader and, similar to a virus, the body responds, leading to coughing, itchy throats, red eyes, and sneezing.
All those allergy symptoms can lead to uncomfortable summer days and sleepless nights. It’s time to fight back.
Acupuncture for Allergies
Acupuncture has been around for centuries and has become a respected option for treating a vast array of medical issues. Obesity, fibromyalgia, migraines, and even depression can all be addressed with acupuncture.
At Chiropractic Health and Acupuncture, we offer acupuncture treatments that can help with severe allergy symptoms. Rather than opting for over-the-counter medications, which can often cause adverse side effects, acupuncture is a great option for combating allergies.
In order to alleviate allergy symptoms, acupuncturists target many areas of the body, including the stomach, spleen, lungs, and colon. These meridians – pathways qi flows throughout the body – are believed to help improve immunity and relieve allergy symptoms.
Depending on the severity of the allergy symptoms, weekly or twice-weekly appointments over a few weeks or months may be recommended.
Holistic Treatments for Allergies
Acupuncture for allergies is one of the most popular holistic options but there are some additional natural and holistic remedies you can try for allergy relief:
- Manage your stress – When you’re stressed, your body doesn’t perform as well as it should. Hormones and other chemicals are released into your bloodstream, including histamine, which leads to allergy symptoms. Do something calming, fun, and enjoyable to relieve some of that stress. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, consider applied kinesiology, which focuses on removing stress from the body – whether the source of that stress is chemical, emotional, structural, or nutritional.
- Chinese herbs – Using herbs to fight allergies can be quite effective, as well. Ginger root, for example, is a natural antihistamine and can be used to improve digestion and break up congestion. Additionally, turmeric, dandelion, and burdock are some of the most effective oriental herbs used to relieve allergies and give your immune system a boost.
- Sleep and eat better – If you’re serious about combating allergies and improving your wellbeing in general, you need to make sure you’re taking care of your body. Getting plenty of rest and maintaining a healthy diet will make it much easier to combat any kind of health issue – including severe allergies.
Don’t let these allergies ruin your summer – it’s time to take back the air! If you want to learn more about holistic medicine, acupuncture for allergies in Rochester, NY, or find a good source of Chinese herbs, visit Chiropractic Health and Acupuncture and schedule your appointment!