It’s That Time of Year Again

Relieve Your Seasonal Allergies with Acupuncture

By: Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have been used to treat allergies for centuries, and studies have confirmed that they can be helpful for allergic conditions including allergic rhinitis, asthma, eczema, hives and food allergies. Sufferers of seasonal allergies also find relief using acupuncture and traditional medicine. 

What Are Seasonal Allergies?

Commonly called hay fever or allergic rhinitis, a seasonal allergy is an allergic reaction to an environmental trigger that is typically only present for part of the year, such as spring or fall. Pollens that are spread by the wind are usually the main cause of seasonal allergies. People who are allergic to pollens are also often sensitive to dust mites, animal dander, and molds.

Spring is traditionally the main season when allergies blossom because of new growth on trees and weeds. Fall ushers in a whole different set of blooming plants, and is also a time of increased leaf mold, so is the second-worst season for allergy sufferers. Airborne mold spores can be found almost year round, along with other common allergens such as dust, dust mites, and animal dander.

About 26 million Americans endure chronic seasonal allergies, while the number of people with milder symptoms may be as high as 40 million, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Seasonal allergies are caused by the body’s hypersensitivity to substances in the environment. Symptoms primarily…Read More