Acupuncture for Allergies in Bowie, MD
Seasonal allergies, also referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, affect millions of people worldwide, particularly in the spring and fall months of the year. Commonly caused by pollen, ragweed and mold, an allergic response occurs when your immune system identifies these triggers as allergens and produces antibodies which release histamines. These histamines are what cause your allergy symptoms including sneezing, increased mucous production, itchy eyes and runny nose.
While traditional medicine aims to block the production of histamines without treating the underlying sensitivity of your immune system, alternative and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches address allergies and the immune system by treating the person as a whole. In particular, acupuncture provides a natural and effective way to restore balance to your immune system in order to help control your seasonal allergies.
Schedule an appointment with a TCM specialist for your allergies. Call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
The Fundamentals of Acupuncture
Dating back over 2,000 years, ancient Chinese cultures used acupuncture as a medical modality to treat a variety of health conditions. Acupuncture is based on the theory that qi (energy) flows through your body via meridian pathways. When meridians become obstructed and energy fails to pass through these pathways, disease and other negative health conditions can manifest. Acupuncture needles can unblock these pathways to allow the proper passage of energy, thereby restoring optimal health and wellbeing.
Modern medicine similarly theorizes that acupuncture can stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals and hormones in order to initiate the body’s innate healing capabilities. Acupuncture has consistently proven its ability to help with pain, stress and a litany of other medical concerns including allergies.
Acupuncture for Your Allergies
In order to address allergy symptoms, acupuncture aims at unblocking meridians that directly affect your nasal passageways and the immune system so that qi may flow properly. At your initial appointment, you and your healthcare provider will discuss your medical history, current symptoms and your desired results from treatment.
After this brief overview, your healthcare provider will look for places on your body that qi is blocked (points). From there your healthcare provider will insert very thin sterilized needles into these acupuncture points to release the blockage. Heat or electrical current may be used on the needle for additional support.
Most patients describe acupuncture as virtually painless and report an overall calming sensation. Treatment may last up to an hour and multiple sessions may be deemed necessary for optimal results.
A Holistic Approach to Your Seasonal Allergies
In addition to acupuncture sessions, your healthcare provider may recommend additional alternative therapies to further address your immune system and allergy symptoms. These may include:
- Herbal remedies
- Diet modifications
- Change in physical activity
- Nasal rinses
- Changes to the home to reduce allergen exposure
It is important to notify your healthcare provider of any medications you are currently taking that may interfere with acupuncture or any additional therapies. You should not discontinue using any medication without consulting your provider first.
If you are looking for long-term results from an allergy treatment, acupuncture is a natural and effective therapy often supported in both traditional and alternative medical practices. Request more information about seasonal allergies and acupuncture today. Call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
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