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Acupuncture for Allergies

Acupuncture for Allergies

Acupunture

Used as a traditional method of treatment for a number of illnesses and health conditions, ranging from headaches to shoulder and back pain, acupuncture is now becoming an increasingly popular treatment option for common allergies. At our acupuncture clinic in Melbourne, Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic provides acupuncture for allergies ranging from hay fever to hives and everything in between. Our practitioners can assess your condition and circumstances, determining your eligibility for acupuncture treatment and ensuring you get the best result.

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves inserting fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific points across the body. In addition to using acupuncture for allergies, the practice is used to alleviate muscular and joint pain and provide relief for various health conditions. The treatment can significantly enhance a person’s wellbeing and quality of life, giving them the opportunity to go about their day-to-day routine without worrying about debilitating symptoms.

IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?

As long as the needles used in your acupuncture treatment are sterile and meet acceptable hygiene standards, and your acupuncture practitioner is certified and experienced, then the risks of getting acupuncture treatment should be low if not non-existent. You might experience minor and temporary side effects such as soreness, bruising, or minor bleeding at the point of insertion. These days, single-use needles are used and then disposed of, so any risk of infection has been negated. You can have complete peace of mind knowing that our acupuncture for allergies is safe.

WHICH ALLERGIES CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?

Acupuncture can be used to provide relief from symptoms of allergies such as hay fever, eczema, hives, and more.

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT HAY FEVER?

Hay fever is characterised by inflammation and swelling of the nose lining. Approximately 3 million Australians suffer from hay fever each year, experiencing common symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, blocked nose, and more.

While most hay fever sufferers will look to anti-histamines as the first course of action in treating hay fever, many are also turning to TCM as more evidence emerges about the effectiveness of acupuncture for allergies. Acupuncture is believed to reduce inflammation, which can mitigate the symptoms of hay fever for those who suffer from it. When used in conjunction with Chinese herbs, acupuncture can reduce the frequency of symptoms over numerous sessions. Acupuncture for hay fever and other allergies can be highly effective at managing various issues and complaints, such as:

  • Congestion of nasal passages
  • Nasal passage inflammation
  • Itchiness of the eyes and nose
  • Post nasal drip

You’ll likely experience some relief after your first acupuncture for allergies session. This relief will accumulate over the course of multiple treatments to the point where you might even be able to control the symptoms rather than have them control you and affect your day-to-day life.

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT ECZEMA?

Eczema is a skin condition that is equally common among kids and adults, and presents itself as red, dry skin across the body. Sufferers tend to struggle to retain moisture in their skin, leading to highly irritating and distracting itching. It’s typically triggered or exacerbated by scratching affected areas, bacterial or viral infections, swimming pool chemicals, allergens, heat, stress, and other factors.

Acupuncture can help eczema sufferers by reducing the severity of the itching sensation that can otherwise completely take over. Acupuncture for allergies can help to reduce dampness and heat, two factors that contribute to the itching sensation. In addition, it may also alter the brain’s response to itching triggers. The use of acupressure, which involves the massaging of acupuncture points, can also aid in the reduction of itching, minimising the discomfort that comes with it.

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT HIVES?

Hives is a skin rash caused by an adverse reaction to foods, medicines and other possible allergens. It presents itself as red, itchy bumps that can look like a group of mosquito bites. It often subsides without treatment, although antihistamine medication can speed the process up. While medication can be used to treat the symptoms, advocates of acupuncture for allergies like hives believe that TCM can be effective in reconfiguring the imbalance of energy from inside the body that causes the breakout of hives to begin with. As such, acupuncture may be able to address the underlying cause of hives and possibly prevent future breakouts, giving sufferers peace of mind and a better quality of life.

If physical symptoms are raised and red in colour, it’s believed that there’s an excess of heat energy in the body. If hives present themselves as white, it’s believed that the sufferer has an excess of cold energy. The aim of acupuncture treatment in these scenarios is to move the excess energy through the body and, in doing so, find stronger energy to temper the hive response and reduce the physical symptoms. If you suffer from hives, have a chat with one of our practitioners to determine if you’re eligible for acupuncture treatment.

WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE ON OFFER AT MELBOURNE NATURAL MEDICINE CLINIC?

In addition to providing acupuncture for allergies and acupuncture treatment for nausea, Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic offers a variety of additional health and wellness services at our natural therapy clinic. Whether you want to see a nutritionist, a naturopath, a chiropractor, or any of our other experienced practitioners, we do our best to provide quality treatment and care.

Call us on (03) 9686 2566 or message us online today to make an appointment.

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