Spring is in full bloom, and with it comes the dreaded allergy season. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know how frustrating and difficult it can be to constantly sneeze, cough, and feel like your sinuses are completely blocked.
Many individuals turn to over-the-counter medications to find relief, but acupuncture is a natural alternative that can also provide relief from allergy symptoms.
At DH Acupuncture in Midtown, New York City, Dr. Donghwan Lee is board-certified in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and oriental medicine. He has a wealth of expertise and experience in treating allergies.
Here, we share five ways to help you beat spring allergy attacks:
1. Start early
While allergies can strike at any time during the season, it's important to start acupuncture treatment before allergy symptoms become severe. Getting a jumpstart on treating your allergies before the problems arise can help build up and strengthen your immune system so it’s able to handle the allergens when they fully hit.
2. Be patient
It’s possible to experience results after a single session, but that’s not always the case. Your body has a healing response to the treatment, which may happen quickly, or it may take several treatments to experience the full benefits of acupuncture. If Dr. Lee recommends additional treatments, attend your appointments to gain the best results.
3. Understand how acupuncture can help with allergies
Acupuncture can help reduce allergy symptoms by strengthening your immune system and reducing inflammation in your body. It can also help regulate your body's response to allergens. Additionally, acupuncture can help relieve stress, which is known to exacerbate allergy symptoms.
4. Know what to expect during your appointments
During an acupuncture appointment, Dr. Lee uses thin needles to stimulate specific points on your body. As the needles remain in your skin for about 20-30 minutes, these points correspond to different energy channels throughout your body that regulate your histamine response.
While you might have concerns about the process, you shouldn’t worry. You may feel a tingling or dull sensation during your treatment, but it isn’t painful.
5. Explore other natural remedies
In addition to acupuncture, there are other natural remedies that can help alleviate allergy symptoms, including:
- Eating a nutrient-rich diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Taking an herbal protocol recommended by Dr. Lee
If you don’t want to rely on medication to get you through allergy season, acupuncture can be an effective way to manage your symptoms. With Dr. Lee’s treatment and guidance, you can beat spring allergy attacks and enjoy the season.
When you’re ready to stop suffering from allergies, consider Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at DH Acupuncture. Call our friendly office staff at 917-881-9304 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee, or click the “appointment request” button online to check availability.