Acupuncture for Allergies

Individuals who are allergic to certain substances like molds or pollen or to foods often search for different ways to cure their allergy. However, the proliferation of dozens of over-the-counter drugs does not guarantee that these drugs will help to entirely treat you of your allergy problems. Moreover, they come with various side effects that can give you other unwanted health problems.  To really get substantial relief form your allergies there are other much more effective and safer remedies like acupressure and acupuncture you can opt for.

Some of the benefits of using acupressure or acupuncture, when done correctly, are to boost the body’s ability to heal itself from the allergy and to prevent the allergy from coming back. These two therapies treat allergies by zeroing in on the allergy’s root cause as well as treating the symptoms.  This is unlike conventional therapies that only temporarily relieve the symptoms and not resolve the root cause of the allergy. The benefits are what make acupressure and acupuncture the treatments of choice for those who desire a significant resolution of their allergy problem.

What are allergies?

Allergies usually occur when an imbalance develops in the immune system of the body. Wind borne allergens are generally the causes of seasonal allergies. Allergens are the substances that make the body react and this reaction is what causes the allergic symptoms of the person. There are several types of allergies. These types are categorized as respiratory allergies, seasonal allergies, skin allergies and food allergies.

How Acupressure and Acupuncture and Cure Allergies

Acupressure and acupuncture treat similar acupoints and/or energy pathways (meridians) albeit in different ways. Based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, the primary reason for any health condition is the development of obstacles to energy flow on the different parts of the body. Acupressure and acupuncture can help eliminate this obstacle and guarantee the normal movement of vital energy known as Chi.

For people who are burdened with allergies from certain foods and as a result suffer from enduring problems like vomiting or nausea or, acupressure and/or acupuncture can be of great to them – they may even help permanently cure the allergy. These two forms of TCM and natural therapy offer effective treatment from nausea simply by bearing down on the large tendons that travel from the bottom of the palm to the elbow.

Furthermore, acupuncture helps an individual get rid of his/her allergies such as asthma as well as heal the tissues in the sinuses. This therapy (as well as acupressure) focuses in enervating the affected acupoints to enhance the flow of Chi.

Is Acupuncture or Acupressure the Best Treatment for Allergy?

Since acupuncture entails the use of needles inserted into specific acupoints to heal a condition, it is then very important to have this therapy under the skilled hands of a licensed acupuncturist. With regards to acupressure therapy, you can perform this treatment on your own if you know what acupoints to stimulate. Of course, doing acupressure on yourself is much more convenient and there is absolutely no problem in wanting to cure yourself with your own hands.  But if you want a much faster and better outcome, it may be a lot better that you have yourself treated by an experienced acupressurist.

It is a good suggestion to have a better understanding of how to cure allergies with alternative therapies such as acupressure and acupuncture in case other conventional modes of treatment don’t give you the outcome you need.  You need to remember that when done properly and performed or done under the guidance of a licensed and/or skilled acupuncturist/acupressurist, acupressure and acupuncture offer the kind of relief you need from your allergies.

 

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.

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