Wellness Wednesday - A Little Known Help for Allergy Symptoms

It's that time of year again. Seasonal Allergies are in full bloom. And I have just learned something I didn't really know before in order help allergies. Check it out! - Dave

It's late summer, which means the ragweed is in bloom and many people experience their allergies flaring up.  Symptoms such as a runny nose, nasal congestion, cough, sneezing, itchy eyes, and headaches can be associated with seasonal allergies.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology has listed acupuncture as a treatment option for seasonal allergies  and states: "Studies show that acupuncture may be helpful for those with perennial allergic rhinitis. Your doctor may suggest acupuncture, especially if you are interested in non-drug approaches to control your symptoms."

The number of treatments needed to reduce or eliminate the symptoms often depend on the severity of your symptoms, how long you’ve had the issue, your overall state of heath, and how well the lifestyle recommendations are adhered to.  The additional effects of acupuncture may include better sleep, less stress, and improved digestion.

 After a series of acupuncture sessions you may experience less intense, and less frequent symptoms, and in many cases elimination of symptoms.   Often, lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes (such as the addition or elimination of certain foods from your diet) are recommended to assist healing and avoid inflammation.

 If your symptoms are unusually severe, it is a good idea to see your MD to ensure that nothing more significant is occurring.

 If you have questions, you may contact our acupuncturist, Vel Natarajan, LAc., to discuss your issues and see if acupuncture may help you:

               vnatarajan@ibji.com <mailto:vnatarajan@ibji.com>

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