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Allergies and Acupuncture
It is estimated that over 50% of people suffer from chronic allergies. Allergies can be caused by environmental factors, food, medications, mold, and pets. Acupuncture most frequently treats food and environmental factor allergies. By reducing the histamine level in the body, allergy symptoms subside.
Acupuncture works wonders for seasonal allergies. By balancing the immune system, the histamine response can be regulated giving you relief from sneezing, itching, runny nose, and red eyes. Most patients notice immediate relief after receiving a treatment for sinus congestion and pain.
Whether you have seasonal allergies or food allergies, acupuncture can balance your immune system!
How does an Acupuncturist diagnose and treat Allergies?
First, we need to look at the type of allergy the patient is experiencing. Is it allergic rhinitis or sinusitis? Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal and caused by pollen or pet dander. Sinusitis can be any time of the year and indicates inflammation in the sinuses and can easily turn into an infection. Chronic allergic rhinitis can lead to sinusitis. While they are closely related, it is important to differentiate the two conditions for purposes of the treatment plan.
Next we gather information on the length of time the illness has been present, severity, and frequency of symptoms.
Then we will gather information on the rest of the body systems. Are you experiencing headaches, fatigue, mouth sores, insomnia?
After putting everything together, a diagnosis is made and treatment plan formed. Most treatment plans call for weekly acupuncture treatments for 4-6 weeks. Some patients experiencing acute symptoms may feel 100% better after 1 or 2 treatments. Some patients may require nutritional supplements or herbs as well. The patient is evaluated at each treatment to check for symptom changes as well as overall health. If symptoms to not lessen within 4 treatments, Dr. Lexi will refer patients out to another type of healthcare provider to ensure the patient's health is the number one priority.
What is Allergic Rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis is due to an antigen-antibody reaction in the nasal mucosa. If this reaction only happens during a certain time of year, it is described as seasonal allergies. Some people have this type of reaction from things in their home, such as dust, mold, and pets.
When the allergen enters the body, the body responds by trying to fight it off using the immune system. IgE antibodies and mast cells are the prime components in this process. If you've ever been allergy tested by your Primary Care Provider, you're familiar with IgE antibodies as they will show positive for each of your individual allergies. The body then releases histamines, which eventually cause nasal running and blockage.
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What is sinusitis?
Commonly called a sinus infection, sinusitis occurs when the cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed and swollen. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this is called Bi Yuan, which means "nose pool". For many people, the pain feels like an empty burning without any phlegm but their sinuses feel blocked. This feeling is due to the inflammation in the sinus cavity.
Mayo Clinic recommends acupuncture for the treatment of allergies!