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Acupuncture for Spring Allergies in the Philadelphia Area

The sun is shining and the sky is blue, but you are stuck with nasal congestion and a headache. Don't let this be you this year! Acupuncture can be very beneficial in treating and preventing allergies, helping to reduce inflammation and symptoms and allowing you to take less medication for allergy relief. Acupuncture is an all natural way to treat your allergies that has lasting effects.

Today, tree pollen is high and levels are expected to increase throughout the week. There is no better time than now to start your allergy treatments at Red Panda Acupuncture.

As I wrote in my post last Fall, “acupuncture has been shown to help reduce allergy symptoms and the need for antihistamines. See this article from on the scientific study. People with allergies are hypersensitive to a given allergen and the immune system responds by producing IgE, histamine and other chemicals that cause the symptoms associated with allergies. The goal of treatment of seasonal allergies with acupuncture is to treat the symptoms but also address the underlying condition and

reduce the sensitivity to the allergen. Acupuncture increases blood circulation and reduces pain and pressure, usually resulting in immediate but possibly temporary relief from your allergy symptoms. Once you are exposed to the allergen again your symptoms most likely will come back. It takes time to treat seasonal allergies and at each treatment you will be treated for the symptoms and the underlying condition. The usual outcome is that after each treatment the body will be less sensitive to the allergen and produce less severe symptoms and the symptoms will continue to decrease as the treatments continue. This may take anywhere from 4 to 10 or more treatments depending on your condition. At Red Panda Acupuncture we use an allergy reduction technique, NAET, in addition to acupuncture or acupressure. With this allergy reduction technique we treat specific allergens that you are hypersensitive to, reducing that sensitivity by freeing blockages and increasing circulation.

There are many important things you can do at home to keep your immune system strong during allergy system and reduce the formation of phlegm and congestion. Eating nutritiously, drinking enough water, and exercising regularly are important. If you do produce a lot of phlegm mucus and are congested often, eat mostly vegetables and protein and stay away from dairy, sugar, wheat and alcohol products. Dairy, sugar, and wheat products tend to cause phlegm build up in the body. Add carrot, celery, radish and onion to your meals. They help to clear inflammation, strengthen the lungs, and decrease phlegm. A nutritious diet for most people includes plenty of fruit and vegetables and protein, avoiding processed foods, fried foods, sodas, and sugar.”

If you are ready for a natural approach to treat your allergies that reduces the symptoms but also treats the root of the issue, set up an appointment online, or visit your local acupuncturist. Red Panda Acupuncture is located in Elkins Park and is easily accessible for anyone living in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

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