Seasonal allergies are caused by an overreaction of the body’s immune system to allergens, such as pollen, in the air. Over 20 million adults and over 6 million children suffer from seasonal allergies each year. Researchers predict these numbers will rise as climate change continues to increase the number of high pollen count weeks per year. Seasonal allergy symptoms include runny nose, itchy eyes, cough, sinus congestion, brain fog, fatigue, and headache. Sometimes these symptoms can worsen and develop into asthma.
Western Medicine treats the symptoms of seasonal allergies but it does not cure seasonal allergies. Over the counter or prescription antihistamines and nasal sprays can relieve some symptoms, but as soon as you stop using them, your symptoms return. These medications are often accompanied by unwanted side effects. Western Medicine also offers allergy desensitization by introducing the body to small amounts of the offending allergen over a long period of time – sometimes three to five years of allergy injections. The effectiveness of these injections is very inconsistent and going to the doctor’s office for weekly injections is inconvenient.
How acupuncture can help
Acupuncture works by calming down the body’s immune system and reversing the body’s sensitivity to the offending pollen. Acupuncture can cure seasonal allergies for the majority of patients after an average of five treatments.