May 29th, 2019
Anyone with moderate to severe allergies living in the Tampa Bay area is no stranger to the annoying symptoms of allergy season such as a running nose, sneezing, and itchy watery eyes.
Every year, millions of dollars are spent on medications and allergy shots for the treatment of seasonal allergies that often offer little relief. Not to mention, in an effort to live a cleaner lifestyle, you’re probably sick and tired of taking these medications! At Driven Fit +SWS, we believe in using a holistic approach to healing, and this goes for the treatment of allergies as well. One of our favorites is acupuncture – a growing trend in the treatment of allergies.
A recent study by the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy found that acupuncture is an effective treatment of allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
The studies confirmed that acupuncture significantly lowers the antibody known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) – the antibody associated with allergies and hypersensitivities. Not only was the IgE antibody lowered but so too were the symptoms associated with allergies.
Additionally, the participants overall reported a better quality of life.
When using acupuncture to treat allergies, practitioners focus heavily on something called Wei Qi – eastern medicine’s version of the “immune system”. This protects the body against foreign materials that can lead to inflammation and allergies.
People with lower immunity or Wei Qi are more susceptible to allergies and frequent colds. Acupuncture helps boost the Wei Qi making it more difficult for allergens to attack the body.
In terms of treating allergies with acupuncture, it is necessary to look at the patient as a whole and not just the symptoms – a common practice in all forms of treatment at Driven Fit + SWS. Our acupuncturist will focus on other variables that may contribute to allergies such as dietary habits. Foods such as sugar and dairy are often associated with a lower immune system or Wei Qi. Eliminating or drastically reducing these items will allow the body to recover more quickly, making allergy attacks easier to resolve.
At Driven Fit + SWS, we will create a customized plan to treat your allergy symptoms that will include a combination of acupuncture treatments, herbs, and dietary changes. If you struggle with allergies and are interested in acupuncture as a form of treatment, please call or text our South Tampa wellness studio at (813) 440-3016. See how you can live a life with fewer allergy issues!