Allergies can make you feel fatigued, irritable with headaches and aching all over. Avoiding triggers is not always easy. Often times we don’t even know wheat the actual trigger is.  The inflammatory and histamine reaction can be elusive. Allergy medicine doesn’t work for a lot of people because of the side effects of sleepiness or dizziness. They can also be an expensive bandaids that never get the the bottom of the problem.

Acupuncture and nutritional supplements are a non-drug alternative that can have lasting effects. While acupuncture is known to immediately decrease inflammation and calm histamine response, the long term benefit can help the body to adapt appropriately by strengthening the immune system and increasing blood flow to combat congestion.

Nutritional supplements are often the best way to get long term results but not indicated in every case.

Allergic rhinitis (AR), an inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes, is induced through immunoglobulin E (IgE). Acupuncture with moxibustion is the most effective intervention that changed the content of IgE in 9 treatments. Numerous guidelines have recommended acupuncture for managing AR.

Source: Acupuncture methods for allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and bayesian meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Published in The National Center for Biotechnology Information

In another randomized controlled trial, Treatment of persistent allergic rhinitis via acupuncture at the sphenopalatine acupoint, which tested just one acu point at the location of the nose, results demonstrated that performing acupuncture is an effective method to treat persistent allergic rhinitis.