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Feb 3
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Acupuncture for Nasal Allergies

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by drwhittle No Comments

acupuncture for nasal allergiesNPR reported a story this past week explaining that acupuncture is a viable treatment option for nasal allergies, also called allergic rhinitis.

The Academy of Otolaryngology, has published new guidelines that can help allergy sufferers sort through the various treatment options and make a choice based on the best available evidence.

Nasal allergies, or allergic rhinitis, affects almost 40 million Americans according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Acupuncture can provide a side-effect free treatment option to those who are sensitive to medications, or do not like using antihistamines and decongestants.

Acupuncture for Nasal Allergies

NPR interviewed Dr. Sandra Lin, associate professor of otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is on the panel that published the guidelines:

Here is what Dr. Lin recommended about acupuncture for nasal allergies:

“Acupuncture may help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life for people with perennial allergic rhinitis, and may help with seasonal allergies too, according to several studies. Thus it could be an option for people looking for non-pharmaceutical treatments.”

To learn how to differentiate between rhinitis, seasonal allergies, and pet allergies…click here.

To see the original article on NPR, go here.

To schedule an evaluattion or free consult to find out how acupuncture can help with nasal allergies, simply call us at 828-254-4405, or click the “schedule now” button on this website.

 

 

 

Dec 28
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Allergies and Acupuncture

Posted on: December 28th, 2014 by drwhittle No Comments

asheville allergiesThere are different types of allergies, but all allergic reactions are a hypersensitivity of the immune system.

Some of the most common allergies are:

Pet allergies: These include dog allergies and cat allergies, and are often caused by an allergic reaction to the dander of animals.

Seasonal Allergies: Can happen in any season but most commonly in fall and spring, when pollen or mold counts rise in the air.

Food allergies: The most common are wheat and dairy. There are immediate food reactions which can be severe…common anaphylactic food allergies include peanuts and shellfish. Some food allergies are mediated through a different class of antibodies, and are called slow food allergies. You might eat wheat on Saturday and not get a headache until Wednesday. To learn more about food allergies, click the link at the bottom of this page for the longer article.

The common symptoms of seasonal or pet allergies are: runny nose, cough from drainage, red eyes, sinus pressure, headaches, hives, eczema, and in some cases asthma.

How do I know if it is a cold or allergies?

Often a person who has allergies will get a cold, or rhinovirus, and not know that they have a virus and are not suffering from an allergy attack. A cold is contagious, and allergies are not…typically a cold will come on slowly and aches, fever and a cough are common. With allergies, a fever and aches are rare, and a cough is usually from sinus congestion draining, rather than a reaction to a nasal virus. Allergy symptoms can appear immediately after exposure to an allergen, while symptoms of a cold can take a few days to appear after exposure to the virus. Itchy and watery eyes are common with allergies, but not so common with the common cold. A sore throat is more typical with a cold than with allergies.

Allergies and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is incredibly effective for allergies of all types: dog allergies, cat allergies, seasonal allergies and food allergies. Acupuncture reduces swelling and inflammation, stops a runny reduces, reduces watery and itchy eyes, and acupuncture also an stop a headache.

Chinese herbal medicine is also highly effective for reducing the symptoms of allergies, herbs can also help balance the immune system.

To learn more about allergies you can read this article.

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