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According to modern medicine, an allergy refers to exaggerated and undesirable reactions by our immune system in response to bodily contact with certain foreign substances called “allergens.” Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the United States. At least one out of every five Americans suffers from allergies. The main risk factors are your heredity, gender, race and age, which you cannot change; while the environmental factors, such as foods, grass, weed, tree pollen, mold and animal dander, also make the major piece of this allergy puzzle.
Common Treatment Methods and Side Effects
Allergy symptoms can be severe and affect people's daily life. Patients use over-the-counter and prescription medications to ease annoying symptoms, and find allergy shots and nasal sprays help. The commonly used Western medical treatments include:
Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
Antihistamines (Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec)
Decongestants (Afrin, Sudated PE)
While these meds help you, they also bring you tons of unwanted side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, headache, nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, a dry mouth/nose and throat, and even difficulty urinating, etc.This made people start seeking alternative ways for cure, and acupuncture, as a natural healing way, gets people's attention more and more these days.
Explanation of Allergy in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that, the disorder of Qi (energy flow) in the major meridians causes bodily defensive weakness, which makes our body attacked by allergens that are normally harmless to other people. Therefore, TCM treatment of allergy is rooted on the whole body of the person, not only the symptoms. This makes TCM treatments different from the common Western medicine treatments, which is mostly emphasized on stopping symptoms.
Based on this theory, TCM treats you by adjusting your Qi flow, correcting the imbalances and restoring your energy naturally. TCM also focuses on prevention, and reduces the frequency and severity of future allergic responses. The most common TCM treatment methods include herbal medicine, acupuncture, acupressure, auricle acupuncture, cupping, Qi Gong and dietary modification, which are all natural.
How We Help You?
After a thorough evaluation of your medical history, diet and environmental exposure, combined with the pattern of symptoms seen, we come up with a unique treatment plan for you. The plan designs how many acupuncture sessions needed and if herbal medicine is necessary. Due to the individual reactions to various allergens and different symptoms, for different individuals, treatment plans for allergies vary greatly, and the possible results range from temporary relief to complete remission.
In most cases, acupuncture relieves some allergy symptoms immediately. For example, the manipulation of points around the nose usually relieves the nasal congestion and sneezing as soon as the needles are inserted. We may also prescribe herbs to adjust your body conditions and improve how your body functions. The ultimate goal is to help you restore a balance of energy to maintain health in the long term.
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