Acupuncture for Allergies
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers seasonal allergies, as well as asthma and sinusitis, as respiratory diseases that can be helped effectively with acupuncture.
An allergy is an excessive reaction by the immune system to a substance that is normally harmless. Such a substance is called an “allergen”. The primary allergens are pollen, ragweed, dust, mites, pet hair, and certain chemical products.
Allergies are often seasonal, but can also be present year round. While they affect different people in different ways, the typical symptoms include:
- itchy and/or red eyes
- itchy palate
- itchy and runny nose
- sneezing and nasal congestion (allergic rhinitis)
- difficulty breathing
These symptoms may be accompanied by headache, sinusitis, or a rash. In some cases, these will be the only signs of the allergy.