You’re not alone if you’re frustrated by living with allergies. Some form of allergic disease impacts about 50 million Americans.
An allergy occurs when your immune system becomes oversensitive to a substance, called an allergen. When your body encounters the allergen, the contact initiates a reaction that produces antibodies to protect your body from the substance it identifies as harmful.
The antibodies also release chemicals that cause reactions in your nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, stomach and gut, or on your skin. The reactions cause symptoms such as coughing, itching, and congestion, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea or constipation which can make allergies unbearable in daily life.
While conventional treatments can provide some degree of relief, it’s possible to improve your quality of life by activating your body’s natural healing abilities. Acupuncture method can treat allergies by stimulating certain points in your body to restore your body’s natural equilibrium. This triggers your own natural healing response to alleviate multiple symptoms even to eliminate allergy reaction for a long term.
You achieve optimal results from acupuncture when you consult with well-trained specialists like the team at Integrative Medical Center in Irvine, California. Dr. Jing Li and Dr. Po Chen have the experience and expertise to help patients achieve lasting allergy relief with acupuncture.
Trained in conventional and natural medicine — with over 30 years of acupuncture experience — they have the knowledge necessary to reduce your allergy symptoms and quality of life. Their unique technique is built on very thorough assessments and very hands-on guidance to implement on daily life improvements like diet, environmental modifications to achieve long term allergy free healthy living.,
What acupuncture involves
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that uses precise placement of very thin needles at specific points on your body to impact medical conditions.
It’s based on the idea that acupuncture points are connected by a network of energy channels, called meridians, that run in regular patterns throughout your body and over its surface. These channels irrigate and nourish your body’s tissues and organs. When these channels are disrupted, symptoms can occur.
Acupuncture seeks to reestablish the regular flow of energy by needling specific points on your body. Influencing your energy flow with needles can rebalance your body and relieve symptoms.
By stimulating muscles, nerves, and connective tissue, acupuncture can trigger the release of chemicals that support a natural healing response, resulting in pain relief, balanced hormones, and improved acute and chronic conditions.
Treating allergies with acupuncture
Stimulating the appropriate acupuncture points can help your body improve immunity naturally and reduce the effect of allergens. Research indicates that acupuncture can affect the following types of allergic diseases:
- Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever: an allergic reaction to pollen, pet dander, dust, mold, and insect stings; it can occur indoors and outdoors
- Allergic eczema: an itchy skin rash that develops when your immune system reacts to triggers such as soaps, perfumes, and poison ivy; it typically occurs as a delayed reaction, from 24-48 hours after you encounter the allergen
- Food allergies: reactions to an allergen you consume that may affect your skin, gastrointestinal tract, or respiratory system, causing symptoms such as vomiting or stomach cramp.
- Environmental sensitivities.
Acupuncture is also effective for treating other conditions, including chronic pain, migraines, and a wide range of medical issues.
What to expect from acupuncture treatment
While it can seem daunting to remain still while a provider places needles under your skin, acupuncture needles are so small that they cause little discomfort.
The needles remain in place for up to 30 minutes. Depending on your treatment, your practitioner may gently twirl the needles after placement. The needles may be heated or stimulated with electricity after they’re inserted.
It usually requires one or two treatments weekly over several months to improve chronic conditions such as allergies. While acupuncture can provide long-term results, many patients benefit from a series of about four treatments per year for health maintenance.
Depending on the type and extent of allergies you experience, acupuncture may be used as a stand-alone treatment or as a complement to existing therapies. Because acupuncture is drug-free, there’s no need to discontinue existing therapies before or during acupuncture treatments.
You don’t have to suffer with allergy symptoms that interfere with your life. Find out how acupuncture can make a difference by contacting Integrative Medical Center by phone or online.