Does Acupuncture help with Allergies?

Yes! Acupuncture is a safe and effective tool for treating allergy symptoms such as itchy red eyes, scratchy throat, sinus congestion, sneezing, cough and shortness of breath.  Acupuncture points are used to strengthen the immune sytem and normalize the immune response to allergens by balancing the nervous system.  Chinese herbs are introduced as needed and are a great way to further reduce the allergy symptoms without the side effects of over the counter and prescription allergy medications.

Here are a few tips that can help reduce your allergy symptoms today:

  • If itchy and scratchy eyes are your chief complaint, try making a cold compress with mint tea.  Simply steep a bag of mint or peppermint tea in cool water and soak a washcloth in the mixture, take it out and place it over your eyes for a few minutes.  Mint is a cool herb that clears heat and works great in this simple kitchen remedy.
  • When working in the yard try to reduce your exposure to pollen and dust by wearing a dust mask.  A three pack of the basic model sells for about $5.00 at the local hardware store and can make a huge difference in your allergy symptoms throughout the day.
  • Wash your hands and face + change your clothes. . .After being out and about and especially after working in the yard, airborne allergens collect on your clothes and can wind up being spread around the house if your not careful, potentially setting you up for more allergy symptoms later.
  • Finally to find out just what it is that’s causing all the trouble, take a look at pollen.com where you can research what plants are blooming and get a personalized “allergy forecast” for your region.

 

 

 

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