Acupuncture for allergies in Dublin 2
What is an allergy?
An allergy is the excessive response of the body’s immune system to substances that would normally be considered as harmless. The most frequent allergens are pollens, foods, dust mites, animal fur, insect stings, mild spores and medicines.
Because it is the result of an excessive reaction, allergies are considered as hypersensitivity disorders. This excessive reaction of the immune system creates an inflammatory response.
The reaction and the signs and symptoms can vary depending on the type of allergy and the severity of the allergy.
Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is one of the most common allergies affecting between 10 and 40% of the world population. The typical symptoms are sneezing, nasal irritation, blocked nose and watery nasal discharge associated with red eyes, itchy eyes, coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and oral allergy syndrome. Other accompanying symptoms could be tiredness, fever, sensation of pressure on the head and itchiness.
What are the causes?
Allergies are mainly due to genetic and environmental factors. Genetic factors will include heredity, ethnic background, age and sex. In Chinese Medicine, it is believed that the constitution of the patient has a strong influence in the development of allergies.
How can acupuncture help relieve allergies?
Generally, acupuncture will have an appeasing effect on allergies. Typically, allergies would have to be treated over a course of several weeks and depending on the patient we are looking at between one to three months of treatment. The outcome should be a significant reduction in symptoms associated with the allergy.
Acupuncture should help to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Increase local circulation
- Stimulate the release of endorphins and other chemicals that will change the way the brain processes pain
- Regulate the activity and reaction of the immune system.
Source: BAcC fact sheet (allergic rhinitis)
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