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Hay-fever, Allergic Rhinitis & Acupuncture at Acute Acupuncture Wellington

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Hay-fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a common allergic reaction that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by a variety of symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and itching of the eyes, nose, and throat. While treatment options for hay-fever (allergic rhinitis) include over-the-counter medications and prescription

drugs such as antihistamines, acupuncture has been gaining attention as a positive alternative therapy to relieve hay-fever (allergic rhinitis) symptoms without the use of these drugs.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific acupuncture points on the body. It is believed that acupuncture can help circulation or energy flow in the body and encourage proper function of organs and organ systems, including our immune system. Several studies have explored the potential benefits of acupuncture for hay-fever symptoms and allergic rhinitis, with promising results.

One study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2013 found that acupuncture was effective in reducing allergy symptoms in participants with hay-fever and allergic rhinitis. In this randomized controlled trial, participants received 12 acupuncture treatments over several weeks. Those who received acupuncture had greater improvement in symptoms compared to those who received sham acupuncture or no treatment.

Another study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2015 found that acupuncture may be particularly beneficial for hay-fever (allergic rhinitis) symptoms in children. In this study, children who received acupuncture in addition to standard care had greater improvements in nasal and eye symptoms compared to those who received standard care alone.

While the exact mechanisms behind acupuncture's effects on hay-fever (allergic rhinitis) symptoms are not fully understood in the western medical circles, acupuncture may help to modulate immune function and reduce inflammation. This suggests that acupuncture may be a viable option for those who prefer natural or alternative therapies for hay-fever (allergic rhinitis) treatment of all ages and genders.

It is important to note that while acupuncture may be a promising therapy for hay-fever (allergic rhinitis) symptoms, it is important to speak with a qualified practitioner like your general practitioner (GP) and consult Acute Acupuncture to determine if it is right for you.

Acupuncture may be a beneficial therapy for those suffering from hay-fever (allergic rhinitis) symptoms. As more research continues on acupuncture for a wide variety of health conditions, it is important to consider acupuncture as a potential alternative or complementary therapy to conventional treatments. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. If you like this post please like, subscribe and share, as this gives encouragement to others who may be suffering from Hay-fever (allergic rhinitis). If you want to book a treatment and your still unsure, book a 15 minute consultation at Acute Acupuncture today and find out if Acupuncture is right for you.

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