What is allergy?

Allergy is an urgent and hypersensitive disorder of the immune system. Involving several target organs and a group of immune or non-immune mechanisms coming unexpectedly, it is a clinical syndrome with a wide range of inducers and pathogenesis. Allergic reaction, which is acquired, predictable, and rapid, occurs when a person's immune system reacts to environmental or dietary damage substances called allergens. The occurrence of allergies in the pediatric period is common. And the morbidity rates vary from 10% to 60% among the normal people. Male and female morbidity rates are similar but the results differ in different reports.

Typical allergies are characterized by common symptoms such as red eye, itchiness, and runny nose, asthma, eczema, hives, hay fever, or an asthma attack. For most cases, dietary, medical and environmental allergens result in allergies mainly through oral devouring, intravenous injection, skin and mucous membrane contact. Food allergies together with reactions to the venom of stinging insects such as wasps and bees, for examples, are often associated with these severe reactions.

What’s the typical way to treat allergy?

Traditional treatment and conventional management of allergies consisted simply of avoiding the allergen in question or otherwise reducing exposure. For instance, people are asked to evade from pollen, if they are allergic to pollen. The avoidance of those allergens may somehow reduce symptoms and avoid life-threatening anaphylaxis, but it is hard for the patients to look out and avert them all the time.

New technological approaches, to some degree, have benefited some allergic individuals by relieving the allergic symptoms. Several antagonistic drugs are used to block the action of allergic mediators, or to prevent activation of cells and degranulation processes. These include antihistamines, epinephrine (adrenaline), glucocorticoids, theophylline and cromolyn sodium. Although helping to alleviate the symptoms of allergy, these drugs are not omnipotent, not only because them play little role in chronic treatment of allergic disorders, but also because them could lead to lots of side effects after a long time taking.

Taking the above questions into consideration, more and more people are paying attention to traditional Chinese medicine therapies, and acupuncture is one of the most effective treatments.

Why are acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine effective in treating allergy?

Practitioners of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been helping people cope with allergy for thousands of years. The ancient theories of TCM on how allergy affects the organs are different from those of Western medicine; however, TCM theory and treatment go far beyond treating symptoms and signs.

Acupuncture and TCM are based on the concept that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, flows through the body in channels called meridians. If Qi becomes stagnant, unbalanced or deficient, symptoms such as those of allergies can result.

What to expect in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy?

During acupuncture treatments, your practitioner will insert fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways. This can, on the one hand, restore the balance and flow of Qi, on the other hand, adjust meridians and collaterals and thus improve the whole body’s state and function to resist and fight against allergies.

Contrasted with drugs, TCM and acupuncture therapies offer the following advantages. First of all, these treatments would not give rise to side effects which have puzzled and afflicted most of the patients. For instance, patients have no needs to worry about the terrible side-effect of being weary, sleepy, dizzy, thirsty and gastrointestinal discomfort. Secondly, simple and efficient, by working together with your acupuncturist, you’ll track the disease in a short term without interpreting your work and daily life. Last but not the least, economically speaking, the prices of acupuncture therapy are rather reasonable and acceptable. If you chose TCM and acupuncture therapies, you’ll also save lots of money and energy.

Advisably and judiciously, choose TCM and acupuncture therapies; choose your healthy and happy lives.

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