Updated: Feb 5, 2020
Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is caused by an allergic sensitivity to pollen (usually from grass, trees, or weeds.) Symptoms of hay fever include postnasal drip, sneezing, itchy and/or watery eyes, and ear or throat irritation.
Standard antihistamines prescribed by Western medicine may not be effective, or lose effectiveness over time. In addition, With acupuncture, hay fever can be treated naturally for the longest-lasting relief.
Acupuncture for Hay Fever
Acupuncture has been proven to relieve inflammation by stimulating circulation. It has also been found to reduce levels of IgE (Immunoglobulin E), an antibody associated with allergies and hypersensitivities.
Compared to antihistamines, acupuncture is proven to be more effective long-term. In a clinical study, acupuncture had a 86.7% long-term effective rate at treating hay fever, where the antihistamine loratadine only had a 56.7% long-term effective rate.
Chinese herbal medicine utilizes herbs that have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties that can help relieve symptoms of hay fever. It is most effective when used in tandem with acupuncture treatments.
In studies, acupuncture and herbal medicine together had a 91.1% effective rate at relieving the symptoms of hay fever.
If you or a loved one have to stock up on nasal spray during blooming seasons, acupuncture can help! Call us at (321) 972-2940 to schedule an initial consultation today.
HealthCMI. "Acupuncture and Herbs Relieve Hay Fever." (March 25, 2016). Retrieved from http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1616-acupuncture-and-herbs-relieve-hay-fever