A seasonal allergy is an allergic reaction to a trigger that is typically present for part of the year, such as spring or fall. Seasonal allergies are also often referred to as hay fever. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itching of the nose, and post-nasal drip. Not all people experience all of the symptoms of hay fever, and in some people, only one symptom will predominate.
Acupuncture is one effective treatment option for seasonal allergies. The acupuncturist looks for constitutional or deeply-rooted signs in each person who presents with allergies. The principle here is treating the whole person. Often people with allergies show signs of Spleen or Kidney Deficiency as well as Lung signs according to Chinese Medicine. The goal of the acupuncturist is to develop a plan which addresses the person’s acute symptoms and provides relief, while addressing the underlying immune system imbalance which is thought to be at the root of the person’s allergies. Treatments often include the use of acupuncture, specifically chosen herbal formulas, and dietary modification.
The best time to come for treatment is 1-2 months before the season starts, the treatment can lessen the symptoms for the current season and reduce the responses in following seasons.