Acupuncture and Allergies

How Can Acupuncture Help with My Spring Allergies?

Do you love the warmer weather this time of year, but dread the misery that spring allergies bring? You’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from hay fever – an allergy to pollen – each year, and often turn to antihistamines and decongestants to feel better. The problem is that these medications cause drowsiness and other undesirable side effects that only mask allergy symptoms rather than treat the cause of the allergy. Turning Point Wellness Center offers a natural treatment that helps the body redirect allergens before symptoms are triggered.

What causes allergies?

As grasses, trees and flowers grow, they release pollen and other allergens into the air. When we breathe in these allergens, they attach to our white blood cells, which provokes the body to release histamine in an effort to fight off illness. The release of histamine causes allergic symptoms throughout the nasal passage, such as itchy eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose.

How can acupuncture help my allergies?

Acupuncture is a practice of traditional Chinese medicine based on the belief that our bodies are connected by a network of energy channels called meridians. Meridians act as pathways of communication between organs and the nervous system, and when the energy, or “Chi” becomes interrupted, symptoms of illness can occur. There are several acupuncture or “pressure” points along each meridian. If there is a blockage at any of these points, Chi is not allowed to freely flow through.

Acupuncture is the art of placing tiny needles under the skin in that area can correct the imbalance. The needles are hair-thin, and administered specifically to target points associated with the condition being treated. In the case of allergies, Chi imbalances are found along the pathway from the hands leading up to the neck and onto the face, near the nose and eyes. Acupuncture to specific points along this pathway can minimize allergy symptoms. In clinical trials, allergy patients receiving acupuncture require less medication than before treatment.

Turning Point Wellness Treats Allergies Naturally

Dr. Colleen Miller, Dr. Jennifer Kujawski and Dr. Katie Neff of Turning Point Wellness Center can help patients of all ages enjoy spring again utilizing acupuncture. Begin your natural allergy treatments today by calling our Waterloo office at (618) 939-5585 or our Red Bud location at (618) 282-3900.