There are many ways to handle itchy eyes, runny nose or uncontrollable sneezing of allergies, both natural or with medication.
If you are looking for a natural way to help combat allergies (and aren’t scared of needles), some studies show that acupuncture may be worth a try.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a 2015 evaluation of 13 studies showed that acupuncture could help with symptoms of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever.
How does acupuncture help with seasonal allergies?
Allergies come from a reaction in the immune system. From a Western medicine point of view, the use of acupuncture along with a traditional Chinese medicine herbal formula can help regulate the body’s immune system, according to Dr. Sean Yu, owner of Jing River Acupuncture.
Acupuncture has been a practice of traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years and offers its own explanation on how acupuncture can help with allergies.
“The basic theory is that there are 14 channels that flow out of the body. Each channel, we also call them meridians, is connected to an internal organ,” Yu said. “There are more than 500 points on the meridian. The points look like a well. The qi energy flows through it, so when we puncture the points, it can regulate the qi energy’s flow through the meridian. It can balance the whole body.”
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