What are allergies?
Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is a learned response by the immune system wherein rapid physiological changes resulting in itchy eyes and throat, sinus congestion and sneezing, asthma, and even diarrhea are produced. Typically, exposure to an allergen such as tree pollen elicits a massive release of IgE antibodies which attach to white blood cells known as mast cells. These cells are mostly located in the lungs and upper respiratory tract, the lining of the stomach and the skin. When these cells are stimulated, they release a number of chemicals including histamine which produce the allergic symptoms.
Practitioners may also use the term “allergy” to describe other immune system responses such as nonspecific hypersensitivity or intolerances which are not classic allergic reactions but produce undesirable health effects in response to environmental exposures.
Regular acupuncture treatments can naturally alleviate allergy symptoms such as:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Scratchy throat
- Puffy eyes
As acupuncture seeks to improve immunity through circulation of the body’s energy (Qi), treatment for allergies are focused at the front of the body. By stimulating the defensive Qi in this area, your body can naturally improve immunity and work to lessen the onset of allergic reactions.
Your treatment with us may include Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT), a newly introduced powerful technique that provides the longest relief from allergy symptoms compared to other common treatments. It is a specialized yet simple acupuncture treatment where one needle placed in the ear can drastically reduce allergy symptoms by 80-95%.