With springtime just around the corner, there are a few things you can absolutely expect –– including your annual bout of allergies. This year, however, you can put an end to those sneezes and runny noses by trying something new: acupuncture. This ancient form of alternative medicine has a proven record of providing relief to those who typically struggle with allergies. Let us tell you more.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice stretching back thousands of years. It consists of inserting thin needles into various parts of the body for the expressed purpose of increasing oxygen flow in the blood. As more oxygen flows throughout your body, you will notice an improvement in health that includes relief for allergies.
Despite what you may have heard, the process is largely painless and does not leave scars. When done right, acupuncture can actually be a relaxing experience that can provide almost immediate satisfaction.
What causes seasonal allergies?
Airborne allergens such pollen, animal dander, dust mites, and mold can trigger what we cal allergies. As flowers bloom during the spring and release copious amount of pollen into the air, those of us with a sensitive immune system react by what is commonly known as seasonal allergies.
Allergies tend to be an immunological response to a foreign substance that our body mistakenly believes to be harmful. Our body responds by making antibodies, a reaction that can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways, and even your digestive system, just to name a few.
Acupuncture and allergies
Acupuncture can help relieve symptoms associated with allergies, such as sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and itchy eyes. By stimulating specific acupoints, acupuncture can help reduce inflammation in the body and improve immune function. Acupuncture can also help relieve stress and anxiety, which can exacerbate allergy symptoms.
Other treatment options
Acupuncture is not the only form of alternative medicine that can provide effective treatment to seasonal allergies. As it turns out, cupping therapy can get the job done as well.
Similar to acupuncture, cupping therapy is an ancient medicinal practice tracing its origins to different civilizations around the world, including China. Also like acupuncture, cupping therapy increases the oxygen flow around your body. Cupping essentially consists of placing special suction cups on your skin. The way the suction works is by momentarily setting the cups on fire and, once the fire goes out, placing the cups upside down on your skin. The change in temperature will eventually cause your blood vessels to expand, making your skin rise and redden.
If you’re ready to experience a Spring without severe allergies, get in touch with Greg Maruki Acupuncture. Our team is led by trusted professionals who will guide you by the hand at every step of the way and come up with a treatment plan that works for you. Located in Orange, California, we serve the entire Los Angeles area. Give us a call today: 714-532-2827.