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Acupuncture for Allergies

Pollen allergies

Pollen allergies

If you suffer from allergic rhinitis – also known as “seasonal” allergies – you’ll probably concur that the past couple of years have been the worst on record for your symptoms. Though this isn’t good news by any stretch, do take heart: you are not alone.

Lately, many people have noticed that rather than having allergy symptoms only at specific times of the year, they seem to be affected all the time. Worse still, their symptoms are not relieved by the medicines they usually take, leading to chronic (as opposed to acute) complaints of sinus headaches, sinus infection, and more.

Allergy season is now year-round in California

The reasons? California has been plagued with a severe drought, followed by intense rain. Plant growth is exploding across the state, and to ensure their survival through propagation, most species are producing more pollen than they normally would. The damp surface of the ground is rich with decomposing plant matter, creating an allergic mold situation that is difficult for many.

Good news and bad news for allergy sufferers

The bad news is, the situation is probably only going to get worse. The good news is that acupuncture for allergies really works, and many people find that their prescription or over-the-counter allergy medicines are no longer needed.

NAET therapy for allergies

Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, or NAET, is a non-invasive method of treating allergies that employs a combination of natural treatments to bring the allergy response under control. Using a combination of modalities that include acupuncture, acupressure, nutrition and kinesiology, we have seen excellent results with allergies of all types, including many severe food and environmental sensitivities.

With the NAET approach, we address each allergy individually. Some people have found that they feel relief with just one acupuncture allergy treatment, but everybody is different. For those who suffer from moderate to severe allergies, or who have multiple sensitivities, it may take twenty treatments or more to desensitize.

Over the course of your NAET-focused acupuncture allergy treatment, we will discuss nutritional elements that can support your therapy – in other words, foods to eat, foods to avoid. We may also suggest that you supplement with homeopathic medicines or herbal remedies as the case dictates. In most cases, our patients find the relief they have been looking for, and that’s really the bottom line.

Home care tips for self-managing allergies

In addition to your acupuncture allergy treatment, here are some handy self-care tips to help you through the worst of your symptoms between visits:

  1. Keep it clean

Shower as soon as you get home, and especially before getting into bed each night in order to wash off the pollen you may have accumulated on your clothes and skin.

  1. Diminish immune response

Reducing your immune response will reduce the amount of mucous your body produces. To accomplish this naturally, incorporate some or all of these foods into your daily routine:

  • Licorice tea
  • Ginger tea
  • Nettle tea
  • Garlic
  • Local honey
  • Bee pollen
  1. Clear the air where you sleep

In your bedroom: change your pillow case each night, close windows while you sleep, and use a HEPA filter.

  1. Avoid histamine-producing foods

Avoid these histamine-producing food items:

  • Champagne
  • Sauerkraut
  • Tofu
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Beer
  • Sausage
  • Blue cheese
  • Red wine
  • Eggplant
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Canned fish (tuna, herring, salmon)
  • Shellfish
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate
  1. Swish with salt water

Swish and gargle every night with salt water to help reduce inflammation.

  1. Use a Neti Pot

If you have a Neti Pot, use it! if you’ve never used one, or don’t know how, find the instructions here.

Acupuncture for Allergies: the solution you’ve been waiting for

If you suffer from any type of allergies, you owe it to yourself to try acupuncture allergy treatment. Call today for more information or to book a free consultation. With acupuncture, allergy relief is within your reach.