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What are Allergies?

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Allergies are a common immune system response to substances in the environment that are typically harmless to others. When individuals with allergies come into contact with these substances, known as allergens, their immune system overreacts, triggering a range of symptoms. Allergies can affect various parts of the body, including the nose, eyes, skin, and respiratory system.

There are different types of allergies, including seasonal allergies (hay fever), allergic rhinitis, food allergies, insect sting allergies, and drug allergies. Each type of allergy may have specific triggers and symptoms, but they all share a common underlying mechanism of an exaggerated immune response.

SYMPTOMS of Allergies

If you have allergies, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion and sneezing
  • Runny or itchy nose
  • Watery, itchy, or red eyes
  • Itchy or irritated skin
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • Digestive issues, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea


Acupuncture can be a beneficial adjunct therapy for managing allergies and reducing the frequency and severity of symptoms. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to regulate the immune system, alleviate inflammation, and promote overall well-being. Benefits of acupuncture for allergies include:

Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the intensity and frequency of allergy symptoms, providing relief from nasal congestion, sneezing, itching, and other discomforts.

Regular acupuncture sessions can help build resilience to allergens over time, reducing the likelihood and severity of future allergic reactions.

Acupuncture can help balance and regulate the immune system, minimizing the exaggerated immune response associated with allergies.

Acupuncture may allow individuals to reduce their reliance on allergy medications or manage symptoms with lower doses, minimizing potential side effects.

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress, which can exacerbate allergy symptoms.