Acupuncture & Nutrition for Seasonal Allergies
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Nip Seasonal Allergies In the Bud

While most of us can’t wait for Spring to spring, if you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re likely dreading the season. Seasonal allergies, also referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, is symptomized by sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, itchy eyes, an itchy throat, headaches and other bothersome symptoms. Seasonal allergy symptoms tend to flare up when there’s a lot of pollen in the air but can also be caused by mold spores, which can be airborne for long periods of time during the spring, summer and fall. To reduce your exposure to the things that trigger allergy signs and symptoms (allergens):
  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
  • Remove clothes you’ve worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
  • Don’t hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
  • Wear a pollen mask if you do outside chores.
  • Close doors and windows at night or any other time when pollen counts are high.
  • Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.
  • Keep indoor air as clean as possible by using air conditioning, dehumidifiers and HEPA filters in your vacuum cleaner. (
Many people rely on over-the-counter medications like decongestants, antihistamines and nasal sprays to help mitigate allergy symptoms. According to Healthline, alternative treatments that may provide relief include:
  • quercetin, a flavonoid that gives fruits and vegetables color
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus, the “friendly” bacteria found in yogurt
  • spirulina, a type of blue-green algae
  • vitamin C, which has some antihistamine properties
For those seeking additional non-medicine alternatives, acupuncture can provide tremendous relief and even help prevent or reduce typical allergy symptoms. At Restoration Health, we have found twice weekly treatments over a period of four weeks in advance of allergy season to be highly effective in helping prevent the intensity and frequency of symptoms for our patients who suffer with seasonal allergies. But if you’re too late to prevent symptoms, we can still help you manage and reduce symptoms. Several points on the face can be used to drain the paranasal sinuses and provide immediate relief from congestion and post-nasal drip.
How does acupuncture work to reduce allergy symptoms?  Almost every immune response to an allergen includes the release of cytokines, small proteins that affect the activity of cells of the immune system. The efficacy of acupuncture in allergic rhinitis and other allergic diseases, such as asthma or allergic eczema, appears to be due to the down regulation of certain proinflammatory cytokines (Hauswald/McDonald).  More simply put, acupuncture helps reduce the inflammatory response and supports your body’s lung function, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is key to circulation of blood and “defensive Qi” that support and activate your immune defense system.
chart with allergy relief points


Hauswald B, Yarin YM. Acupuncture in allergic rhinitis. A Mini-Review. Allergo J Int 2014; 23: 115–9 DOI: 10.1007/s40629-014-0015-3

McDonald, J. L., Cripps, A. W., Smith, P. K., Smith, C. A., Xue, C. C., & Golianu, B. (2013). The anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture and their relevance to allergic rhinitis: a narrative review and proposed model. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM2013, 591796.

Taw MB, Reddy WD, Omole FS, Seidman MD. Acupuncture and allergic rhinitis. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Jun;23(3):216-20. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000161. PMID: 25943957.

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