- Allergy Awareness Week

Allergy Awareness Week

Acupuncture and Allergies

Traditional Five Element Acupuncture may help to minimize or prevent your allergy symptoms.

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers seasonal allergies, as well as asthma and sinusitis, as respiratory diseases that can be helped effectively with acupuncture. 

An allergy is an excessive reaction by the immune system to a substance that is normally harmless. Such a substance is called an “allergen”. The primary allergens are pollen, ragweed, dust, mites, pet hair, and certain chemical products.

Predisposing factors

Allergies are on the rise, partly due to contact with allergens and an increase in air pollution. However, the role of poor lifestyle habits (stress, fatigue, dietary-vitamin deficiencies, lack of exercise, etc.) and their effects on the immune system should not be discounted.

Symptoms

Allergies are often seasonal, but can also be present year round. While they affect different people in different ways, the typical symptoms include:

          – reduced energy, flu like symptoms
          –  itchy and/or red eyes
          –  itchy palate
          –  itchy and runny nose
          –  sneezing and nasal congestion (allergic rhinitis)
          –  difficulty breathing, can bring on asthma attacks

These symptoms may be accompanied by headache, sinusitis, or a rash. In some cases, these will be the only signs of the allergy.

Studies now agree that acupuncture has an impact on the nervous and immune system.
Today modern science recognizes that acupuncture acts on the nervous and immune systems by promoting regulatory mechanisms and the transport of substances that can act on the inflammatory, histamine and immune response.

Traditional Five element acupuncture, based on an ancient established diagnostic system, recognizes all of these sources of misery as constitutional imbalances which can be addressed by rebalancing the body, mind, and spirit. Over time, as the symptoms diminish and often eventually disappear more and more of the spring and summer sufferers can join the summer lovers in the garden for a glass! Enjoy!

For help with your allergies contact Hannah on;-https://www.southwellacupuncture.co.uk/contact/

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