• Heather Wheeler L.Ac.

5 Reasons to Choose Acupuncture for Reducing Your Spring Allergies



Spring allergies can make this season miserable instead of amazing and life-giving for you. They can impact how you feel, your budget and your productivity. You have probably tried to reduce spring allergies through several methods. Why is acupuncture ideal for taming your spring allergies? Read on!


Effects of Spring Allergies in a Snapshot


An over-reactivity to trees, weeds or grass pollen can trigger spring allergies (allergic rhinitis), causing you to sneeze, wheeze, itch or cough. You may have a runny or stuffy nose, watery or dry eyes and headaches. You might also experience dry skin, hives or rashes. All of these symptoms indicate inflammation in your body.


Spring allergies impact each person differently and can have debilitating effects. Let’s look at some statistics.


One of every 5 Americans has been diagnosed with environmental allergies (Allergy Asthma Network https://allergyasthmanetwork.org/allergies/allergy-statistics/). How many of the other 4 have simply not been diagnosed?


Spring allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., with an annual cost of more than $18 billion (American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology https://acaai.org/allergies/allergies-101/facts-stats/).


Specifically, medical costs associated with pollen exceed $3 billion every year, with nearly half of those costs being linked to prescription medicines (Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/climateandhealth/effects/allergen.htm).


The U.S. realizes 4 million missed workdays each year due to allergies (Allergy Asthma Network https://allergyasthmanetwork.org/allergies/allergy-statistics/).


Why are Spring Allergies So Common and Often Severe?


As with many illnesses and diseases, your genetic makeup can influence your tendency to have allergies. But also like other illnesses, your lifestyle choices can impact your genes and alter your health.


Some of the factors and choices that contribute to your spring allergies include:

  • Food intolerance or allergies

  • Diets high in processed foods, sugars or omega-6 fatty acids (in trans fat and processed oils)

  • An overload of environmental toxins such as mold or pollution

  • Bacterial or viral infections or parasites

  • Lack of physical movement


By controlling the factors above, you can help control your spring allergies. But still, you might need to take more aggressive measures.


Ways to Reduce Your Spring Allergies and Why Acupuncture is Best


The most common solution is to take antihistamines to help reduce your symptoms. But often with antihistamines, you will encounter side effects such as fatigue, dryness, rapid heartbeat, difficulty sleeping and intestinal upset. Many of the prescription and over-the-counter antihistamines and allergy medications can also result in poor gut health – the root of many diseases.


You may have also tried allergy shots (immunotherapy) to reduce spring allergies. However, the injections can trigger symptoms. They require a huge time commitment and typically take a while to work – if they even work for you. Allergy treatment through acupuncture has proven to be more effective than allergy shots while reducing uncomfortable symptoms by up to 50% (AcuMantras (https://www.acumantras.com/blogs/acupuncture-for-allergies).


Reasons Why Acupuncture Makes a Wise Choice for Allergy Relief


1 Acupuncture relieves allergy symptoms without side effects or long-term damage to your gut health.

Unlike prescription and over-the-counter medications, acupuncture does not usually come with side effects.


2 Acupuncture can reduce or eliminate your need for medications or other treatments.

It is not always the case but it is our goal that after your treatments with acupuncture, you will no longer need medications or shots to enjoy your spring season again!


3 Acupuncture works on your root cause.

Acupuncture helps alleviate your allergies by stimulating your central nervous system to flush out toxins and extra histamine from your body. So in addition to relieving your symptoms, you’re also removing toxins from your body. This gives your body a chance to heal and helps prevent overreactions and other dis-eases in the future.


4 Acupuncture can provide immediate relief.

It’s true that acupuncture offers a cumulative effect – more effectiveness over several treatments. But acupuncture also releases endorphins that can provide immediate relief, unlike allergy shots and some medications.


5 Acupuncture can reduce or eliminate your spring allergies while improving your overall health.

Stress and exhaustion can damage your gut health and worsen your seasonal allergies. Acupuncture will help correct imbalances in your immune system, including your gut health, and enable your sinus tissues to heal. It can also help you sleep better. All of these improvements can help alleviate or eliminate your allergies while positively impacting other areas of your health.

If you begin acupuncture before your spring allergies typically kick in – in early March for us Midwesterners – you can even prevent them from showing up!


In summary, when you choose acupuncture for your allergy relief, you can reduce or eliminate your allergy symptoms:

  • without the expense and damaging effects of medications,

  • with a lower time commitment than shots,

  • while removing toxins that are causing inflammation and likely affecting other areas of your health.


Wouldn’t you love to feel great, save time, be more productive and get more active as beauty begins to bloom?


You can be well on your way – in a clean, inviting and relaxing space. Click here to schedule your first session today! The New Patient Special is only $49 for a Discovery Call.

https://wheelerwellness.intakeq.com/booking!



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