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- Allergies Treated With Acupuncture

Allergy Sufferers Benefit from Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine offers successful alternative treatment and prevention of seasonal allergies.

Itchy watery eyes, painful headaches, runny nose and sneezing. For the more than one in six Canadians who suffer from seasonal allergies, this time of year is chock-full of unpleasant symptoms that interfere with daily life and overall comfort . . .

Experts have data that suggests acupuncture alters the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, and the regulation of blood flow, both centrally and peripherally.

There is also evidence that acupuncture can stimulate immune function changes. A National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference reported in 1997 that an allergy attack is an immune response. The body's immune system becomes sensitive and reacts to substances called allergens such as pollen, dust, animal dander, molds, food and medications.

The needles used in acupuncture for allergies are almost like switches in the energy circuits of the body. Imagine the body as the computer and the energy system as the software program. In other words, the body can be "re-programmed" so it does not react to pollen or dog dander or peanuts as if they were harmful substances.

In the case of allergies, this benefit is that patients begin to see results from acupuncture and herb treatments almost immediately. Preventative treatments can last up to several months, depending how weak a person’s immune system is.

Eventually, the patient will notice improvements not only in the allergies being treated, but most often an overall improvement in their general well being.

If you are considering acupuncture for your allergies, be sure to check first with your insurance company to see if it is covered.

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