- Picture it: it’s a gorgeous spring morning! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and it’s the perfect temperature for a outdoor nice walk.
And then it hits.
It seems Mother Nature is in overdrive generating pollen, grass, and other seasonal allergens that send your sinuses into overdrive. You decide to forego the walk and head to the drugstore in search of an over-the-counter medication that might help ease your suffering. But, you get to the car, and it’s time for another assault: your car is covered in yellow-green pollen that seemed to materialize overnight!
So, instead of enjoying a beautiful spring day, you’re sitting inside with all the windows closed and praying for rain to provide you with some relief. If this story sounds familiar, you are not alone!
In 2018, 19.2 million adults 18 and over were diagnosed with hay fever in the United States. Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, includes symptoms like itching, sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion. While hay fever can be seasonal for some people, for others it lasts all year. Many people think medication is the way to go, but allergy medication all too often includes side-effects like drowsiness, dry mouth, and dizziness. There has to be a better way.
At Hamilton West Windsor Acupuncture, we can help! Using proven methods, we can alleviate your symptoms without medication.
Allergies occur when the body’s immune system gets confused. Your body views pollen, whether from grass, tree, or flower, to be an invasive and harmful attack. As such, your body responds to the attack with the only defense it knows: sneezing, coughing, and the like.
Acupuncture can stop this cause and effect reaction by assessing what exactly is confusing the body. In our practice, we treat the “root” and “branch” of a problem. In the case of allergies, the root is the situation inside the body that led to the symptoms of allergies. The branch is the symptoms of sneezing, coughing, itching, etc.
Each person’s symptoms are different, and here at HWWA each person’s allergies are treated accordingly. Acupuncture has been shown to improve the “branch,” or symptoms, of allergies in the short term. Patients can also see improvements in the “root” cause over a period of time.
Studies performed on acupuncture and allergic rhinitis show positive results. Over a 4-week period, patients receiving acupuncture and herbal medicine showed decreased symptoms including nasal congestion, runny nose, and itching over time. Not only were symptoms improved, but quality of life was shown to increase. Among the patients in the study, no patient reported any adverse reactions to acupuncture.
Here at Hamilton West Windsor Acupuncture, we know allergies. Our practice founder, Charlie Stueber, began his exploration of acupuncture treatments while getting his allergies treated. After receiving allergy shots throughout most his childhood, Charlie turned to acupuncture and herbal medicine for relief. His experience shows that acupuncture and herbal medicine can be an effective treatment for seasonal allergies and hay fever.
While acupuncture might not be as quick as taking that over-the-counter pill, it can potentially provide lasting relief from the sneezing and runny nose that gets in the way of your daily life each spring – and without the side effects! Isn’t it time you got outside to enjoy that gorgeous spring day!? Call our office to schedule your appointment!