One out of three Americans suffers from some form of allergies. In addition, many allergy sufferers rely on weekly or monthly allergy shots or prescription medication to manage their allergy symptoms. Typically, allergy shots and medications do not correct the underlying root cause of allergies. Instead, they tend to ”manage” the symptoms.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, allergy “symptoms” (i.e. sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy nose, rashes, etc.) are manifestations of imbalances in the body. These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes including: stress, environmental factors, poor diet, constitutional weakness, pollutants that can result in an over-reactive immune system.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can greatly reduce and alleviate allergy symptoms by strenghtening and supporting the systems of the body that relate to the immune system. By regulating the imbalances leading to the allergy symptoms and by inhibiting an over-reactive immune system, acupuncture and Chinese medicine address and correct the root cause of allergies instead of “managing” them.