Complex biochemical mechanisms are to blame for those irritating seasonal allergy symptoms. While allergy medications can alleviate symptoms, the side effects can cause many of us to feel drowsy, dizzy, or nauseous - or can cause headaches. By using acupuncture and herbal medicine, our acupuncturists can help you manage your allergies naturally.
A recent study on the effects of acupuncture on seasonal allergies published in the February 2013 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine looked into whether acupuncture can help or not. Researchers studied 422 people who tested positive for pollen allergies and found that those who received acupuncture therapy reported improved symptoms and a decrease in their antihistamine use.
Acupuncture can inhibit the body’s allergic response, but it takes time for the body to adjust and change. Although everyone responds differently, the process can take up to eight weeks for most people to see optimal results. If you are thinking about trying acupuncture, ideally you should start acupuncture therapy 6-8 weeks before the allergy season begins.
Remember: the key to fighting allergy symptoms is to get ahead of them!