An imbalance in the immune system is said to give rise to allergies. They are also a sign of over reaction of the immune system to certain allergens. Normally, seasonal allergies are triggered due to wind borne allergens.

Acupuncture helps in preventing the occurrence of infection and it also helps in healing the tissues of the sinuses. It treats the root cause of the allergies and does not merely suppress the symptoms. Acupuncture can be particularly useful if you are suffering from multiple allergies, since it works to quiet the areas of the immune system that are overstimulated by exposure to multiple irritating factors.

Based on the idea that stimulating points outside the body can change or initiate reactions inside, in this case treatment is thought to affect the immune system, where allergic reactions begin.

In a small but significant study of 26 hay fever patients published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture reduced symptoms in all 26 — without side effects. A second study of some 72 people totally eliminated symptoms in more than half, with just two treatments.

Acupuncture can also be used to treat food allergies too, as it helps in restoring the normal immune function of the body. Needles are inserted into certain meridians or acupressure points in the body. This causes the blockages on the pathways to be removed, which in turn results in restoration of harmonious balance and free flow of life force throughout the body.

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