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Allergies and Acupuncture

Allergy is a state of hypersensitivity due to exposure to a certain antigen causing harmful immunologic reactions. The signs and symptoms of allergies are produced by exposure to cold, contact, drugs, food, fragrances, pollen, sun, etc.

Allergic rhinitis is a learned response by the immune system where rapid physiological changes resulting in itchy eyes and throat, sinus congestion and sneezing, asthma, and diarrhea are produced. Exposure to an allergen, such as pollen, triggers a huge release of IgE antibodies which attach to mast cells. These cells are located in the lungs and respiratory tract and stomach lining and skin. When stimulated, they release histamine which produce the allergic response.

IgE mediated allergies result in immediate symptoms and can be lifelong or fixed. There are other types of allergic responses that can be fleeting. One example is the delayed hypersensitivity reaction in which the allergic response can take up to 3 days for symptoms to occur. These immune reactions are IgE mediated and commonly occur with food.

Acupuncture is used in treating symptoms of allergies such as itchy eyes and throat, headaches, runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. According to traditional chinese medicine, these symptoms mean that energy or qi is not flowing smoothly inside the body. Therefore the channels need to be opened to restore the flow of energy inside the body.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine often views allergies as related to wind, since symptoms come and go quickly, cause congestion, and make the person likely to avoid windy conditions. This Wind is often related with a Protective Qi deficiency. The closest resemblance to Protective Qi in western medicine is a strong immune system. People with protective qi deficiency catch colds easily and allergy symptoms are worse in the spring and fall, seasons which are generally windy.

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Acupuncture is excellent in treating symptoms of allergies. Many allergy symptoms are located above the neck (headaches, itchy eyes, runny nose). This means the energy is not flowing smoothly from the head to the rest of the body and vice versa. All the yang meridians flow from the hands to the head and from the head to the feet. Acupuncture can open the channels in the neck and shoulders and allow the energy to flow smoothly. Needles can be placed directly on the areas of pain (such as the head) to treat symptoms more locally as well.

Acupuncture looks at the whole body when treating someone with allergies. Often those with chronic allergies show signs of spleen or kidney deficiency as well as lung signs. The goal of treatment is to develop a plan which addresses the acute symptoms and provide relief as well as addressing the underlying imbalance with the immune system.

Traditional allopathic therapies rely on suppressing the allergic response, antihistamines such as Benadryl are a good example. Other types of drugs used may act on the nervous system such as Albuterol. Corticosteroids such as Prednisone and decongestants such as Sudafed are also used. Despite their effectiveness, they are known to cause drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. These side effects cause people to seek alternative methods to manage allergies such as acupuncture.

The video below describes how acupuncture is performed and commonly asked questions. Many people seek acupuncture for managing their allergies without medications. Acupuncture therapy it is ery effective when combined with conservative therapy and medical treatments.

Learn more about Acupuncture in our Chandler AZ Clinic. Chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture can be used alone or combined to enhance many types of treatments and injuries. Many people with chronic pain find significant relief when combining these treatments.

Alpha Chiropractic and Physical Therapy provides treatment for many patients in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, and Maricopa. Most patients have never seen a clinic that combines treatments from different providers into improving your pain. Chiropractic Adjustments are enhanced with physical therapy exercises and stretches for many types of injuries and pain.


Many patients are amazed how their muscle pain and “knots in their muscles” are quickly improved with Graston Technique treatments combined with massage. Graston Technique helps break up scar tissue and enhance tendinopathy healing. Massage therapy helps decrease muscle spasms in the neck, back, leg, shoulder, and arm muscles, which often contribute to increasing joint pain. Cold Laser therapy enhances treatment by speeding cellular healing and decreasing inflammation.

Therapy and treatments for many types of conditions can be improved with a combination of acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy. Learn more about our unique Chandler Chiropractic Clinic.