Allergies are autoimmune conditions that signify a body’s hypersensitivity to an external object. Allergy symptoms may differ from person to person although usually they include overall weakness, breathing difficulties, rashes, skin irritations, and red and watery eyes. A diagnosis of allergy needs to be followed by avoidance to the object that the body is allergic to. Allergy can be treated in various ways. They may involve yoga, drugs, homeopathy, acupuncture and other kinds of therapies, conventional or otherwise.
As one treatment option for allergies, acupuncture, is becoming more and more a first treatment of choice by a growing number of adherents. This very old healing procedure is a part of an Eastern medical tradition known as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and it involves the insertion of fine, thin needles into certain points in the body to relieve and manage pain and prevent or even cure certain forms of sicknesses.
Grounded on the principle of chi or energy balance, acupuncture is used to restore or maintain the normal circulation of chi in the body. According to TCM, any disruption or imbalance in the flow of chi impacts the health of a person and by the use of needles stuck into parts of a person’s body, energy flow is rebalanced or stimulated to restore its healthy unimpeded flow thus treating a condition and restoring the health of the person. For the treatment of allergies, acupuncture can be used as a standalone treatment or combined with other forms of therapy including drug therapy. It is usually more preferred over prescription drugs because it produces no side effects at all. An acupuncture practitioner designs a plan of treatment to relieve the patient’s symptoms while at the same time targeting the underlying root of the problem which is the imbalance in the body’s immune system. Acupuncture does not work for everyone. There are those who respond positively to the treatment while some may not find it working for them at all. Allergy generates different symptoms in different people and so the acupuncturist needs to know what points in the body needs to be treated in order to generate the proper and desired results. The practitioner needs to know the depth and direction the needles need to be directed for the proper treatment of the condition. For allergy treatment, a typical acupuncture treatment in New York may last 20 minutes to a full hour.