Symptoms of running nose, sneezing, and watery itchy eyes that occur during specific parts of the year (especially Spring and Fall) cause much suffering for a large segment of the U.S. population.
From a Western perspective, seasonal allergies are the result of immune system anti-bodies interacting with airborne particles such as pollen. These anti-bodies are produced by lymphocytes, and interestingly, these lymphocytes are located not just in the blood stream. They are also found in the gastrointestinal tract, spleen, lymph nodes, and bone marrow. This means that damage or stress to the digestive system is often involved in seasonal allergies, and that reducing this inflammation with acupuncture is very helpful for improving allergies.
In my experience, patients often respond quickly to acupuncture, even when medications and allergy shots haven’t been successful. It is also typically helpful to avoid simple carbohydrates and milk, both of which can contribute to problems with digestion and immune system function. After an initial series of treatments, some people I see come back in once or twice a year for a booster while others may come more often. Usually allergy medications can be reduced or eliminated.
If you are ready to take control of your health and your life once and for all, then call our clinic today at (360) 943-0306 so we can discuss your healthcare needs and set up your first appointment. We are never too busy to help you!