There is nothing better than bicycling with your eyes swollen shut with the love of pollen. Or a game of touch football interrupted by a good nose blow. During the summer, allergies are generally induced by wind-born tree, grass or weed pollen, and can cause such symptoms as sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, watery, itchy or red eyes, headaches, fatigue and sometimes coughing and wheezing. What fun! Summertime!
What’s causing all this awesomeness? An allergy is an immune system disorder that occurs when your body has an inflammatory, hypertensive reaction (the sneezing, etc.) to what is a normally benign substance. Common conditions such as hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are actually allergic reactions; others include food allergies, responses to bee stings and certain medications. So maybe stop screaming at the bees if you’ve been doing that.
There are two main factors that can make you susceptible to allergens — host and environmental factors. Host factors are items that are genetic (race, age, gender, and heredity) while environmental factors are exposure to pollution, diseases, and exposure to high levels of allergens, particularly at a young age. The dangers posed by allergies range from the merely annoying and/or inconvenient (pollen that causes a runny nose) to the truly life threatening (exposure to certain foods, such as shellfish). There are several types of tests to gauge exactly what allergens your body has a reaction to (as first dates can be awkward enough without the Surf and Turf turning deadly).
Much more can be said about the conventional understandings of allergies, and there are many varying viewpoints on the causes as well as the treatments of them. Most treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily. The ability to cure the underlying causes to the symptoms is not common. This is where acupuncture can succeed where many treatments cannot.
Acupuncture is one of the major holistic therapies used through thousands of years to address the underlying energetic relationships in the body that enables the allergy symptoms to arise. Treatments aim to give immediate relief from the symptoms, and further, it can address the variety of underlying causes.
Point sites for the underlying causes will be found on an individual basis after a thorough case history. Point sites for immediate relief include local points near the actual symptom places such as the sinus areas, and others not so obvious to understand such as near the hands or feet. The point sites are always on the skin and the surface of the body. A patient will happily experience immediate improvement of the symptoms, and be encouraged therefore to continue to pursue the underlying causes in future treatments. Long term, the symptoms cease to arise and the reactiveness calms. Cease sneezing! Whack wheezing! Huzzah! Touchdown!
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