Allergic Rhinitis and Acupuncture

Allergic Rhinitis is a condition where the nose becomes inflamed with itchy, watery nasal discharge and sneezing. Usually the eyes become red and itchy as well. It is estimated that over 500 million people suffer from this chronic disease worldwide and it can greatly affect your daily life and work. Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective in reducing the symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis and also improving the patients quality of life.축농증전문한의원

Allergy Rhinitis is triggered by an over-reaction of the immune system to certain allergens such as tree, grass or weed pollen, dust, mold, animal hair or dander. These allergens trigger the release of histamine and other chemicals that cause the itching, watery nasal discharge and sneezing. This condition can be acute (seasonal, hay fever) or perennial. It can also co-exist with vasomotor rhinitis.

Nonallergic Rhinitis is caused by other health problems such as growths in the nose called polyps, a crooked wall that separates the nostrils (deviated septum), sinus infections or medications. These conditions can be controlled with medication or surgery.

Acupuncture has been shown to relieve the pain, itching, runny nose and sneezing of this disorder by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. It may also improve your sleep. Studies show that acupuncture is more effective than nasal sprays, decongestants or antihistamines for this condition.

Traditional Chinese medicine views rhinitis as an imbalance of the body that occurs because of a combination of internal and external factors. Internal factors include the deficiency of lung and spleen qi, dysfunction of the lungs or inhibited nose orifices, as well as cold and dampness in the upper respiratory tract. External factors include wind cold, dryness and wind-heat. The goal of treatment is to correct the imbalance by addressing all of these factors. Treatment consists of herbal medicine or acupuncture. Acupuncture involves thin, sterile needles that are placed in specific points on the body. Several small studies of nonallergic rhinitis have looked at a substance found in hot peppers that may ease congestion, though more research is needed. These treatments are safe and have few side effects. Acupuncture has also been used to treat other health problems including asthma, depression and insomnia.라경찬한의원