Allergies

A runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, itchy and irritated skin are just some examples of the ailments allergy sufferers experience each year. The fight against allergy is long, it often resembles the fight against windmills, and the results of using conventional therapies and drugs are not always effective and satisfactory. When Western medicine is failing, it may be worthwhile to look at alternatives such as acupuncture.

According to Chinese Traditional Medicine, qi energy flows freely through our body through channels called meridians that connect selected organs. The free flow of qi guarantees health, but when energy meets an obstacle in the form of a disease, problems for the entire body begin. There are special points on the meridians whose stimulation with needles helps to restore balance. What exactly is allergy treatment?

The most important thing is proper diagnosis. We know that most allergens in the air occur in the period from spring to autumn. If allergy problems are our annual concern, it is best to see a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor a few weeks before the allergy season begins. The doctor should carefully ask about the symptoms and problems, which will help in choosing the therapy best suited to the patient’s conditions.

How does Traditional Chinese Medicine see an allergy?

 

According to the Chinese, there are two factors that cause allergies. External, e.g. contact with an allergen or getting wet in the rain, and internal – a broken energy balance between organs (most often energy deficiency in one of them). Allergies come in different types depending on which organ is deficient in energy.

Acupuncture in the treatment of allergies consists in unblocking energy channels existing between specific internal organs. Thus, well-diagnosed causes and stimulated appropriate points can suppress any allergy effects. The goal of acupuncture is to eliminate hay fever and other allergy symptoms. However, the long-term goal is to get rid of the causes of allergies, which will allow you to completely eliminate symptoms or reduce their frequency. Most often, acupuncture in the treatment of allergies is used in parallel with an appropriate diet.

In addition to classic acupuncture, other therapies that affect points in our body can also be used. These are primarily electropuncture stimulations, pharmacopuncture, moxa, laser therapy or massage of meridians.

Acupuncture restores the body’s unstable energy balance. As a result, the immune system can better cope with allergens. Contrary to Western medicine, Chinese medicine deals with the entire body, so in addition to the health condition, the mental state of the patient is also improved. Conventional medicine treats allergies by administering drugs that inhibit inflammation and suppress the immune system. In fact, they don’t treat allergies at all.

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