Allergies don’t just involve dust mites and pollen and can bother us all year round. When an overreactive immune system makes you sensitive to dog hair, dusty rooms, spring flowers, traces of mold, and more, it may seem impossible to breathe easy. If this sounds like you, acupuncture treatment for allergies in Glenview, IL may be your next best step.
Allergy symptoms stem from your immune system perceiving something as a “threat” and releasing chemicals such as histamine to fight it off. They typically involve an uncontrollably runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and itching in your eyes or roof of your mouth. You will also have some degree of redness and swelling inside your nose and the skin around your eyes. Dangerous allergic reactions, which require adrenaline shots for rapid relief, feature swelling to the extent that the patient’s throat closes over. Treatment with an Epi-Pen and emergency care is vital in this case.
If your symptoms are chronic and not life-threatening, Chinese medical therapies such as acupuncture can be effective allergy treatments. Unlike antihistamines, which relieve the effects of an allergic reaction, Chinese medicine addresses the underlying mechanisms that led to your immune system developing the hypersensitivity.
Yes, reviews of research show that acupuncture for allergies can be effective in both seasonal and chronic cases. Total symptom scores and medication use are often significantly lower after courses of treatment, which typically include 12 sessions over four to eight weeks. Sometimes, acupuncture is even more effective than using antihistamines as a rescue medication.
Acupuncture may work by reducing the expression of inflammatory signaling chemicals that trigger the immune system produce excessive histamine and start the allergic reaction. In fact, the same acupuncture points for respiratory allergies, such as LI11, can also work for dermatitis. On the deeper, subtle level that Chinese medicine describes, this happens through improving the body’s energy flow to nourish the organs and eliminate waste products and clear stagnated or blocked energy.
At Life Balance Clinic, we provide effective treatment for allergies using acupuncture and other therapies near you in Glenview, IL. Dr. Vadim Dekhtyar, DACM has over 30 years of experience using Chinese medicine and provides adjunctive treatment such as dietary therapy and cupping to maximize your results.
To learn more about allergy treatment, contact us here, or call us at 847-724-1777.