By Danisha Bogue, L.Ac. - March 7, 2022
Categories: General

Imagine waking up one morning to a stuffy nose. Your eyes are itchy and red, and you have a cough that keeps going (not to mention the runny nose). No it’s not a cold. It’s just another year in Colorado and you suddenly realize your allergies are back. Many of you don’t even have to imagine those symptoms because they are a part of your life and that dreaded time of year is here once again.

They may seem minor to some, but for most allergies can seriously hinder your life. And with Spring around the corner, allergies may already be causing problems. Even though snow might still be in the forecast, mold, dust, dander, and pollen are already present and causing issues for some.  But allergies aren’t as simple as some people think and treatments within western medicine aren’t always effective. 

Allergy Symptoms Change Over Time

Why do symptoms change over time? There are some theories. One states that every seven years, you will lose old allergies and develop new ones. But the better and more accurate reason would be changes in your environment. As you are exposed to new environments or your environment changes, you may be exposed to certain allergens more or less and your body may develop resistance to certain ones. Either way, your allergies can and will change over time and not always for the better. 

Western Medicine Isn’t Always Effective

While western medicine does provide necessary help for allergies, sometimes the solution can seem worse than the problem. As someone who has suffered with severe allergies for most of my adult life, I can personally tell you that allergy medicine isn’t always effective. The drowsiness alone can feel worse than just dealing with the symptoms. However, your body will grow resistant to allergy medications. 

While these medications are a quick solution, they aren’t always effective in stopping allergies. In fact, they act as a bandaid and once they have worn off, all of the symptoms return.  There is a way to help your body fully heal and this is through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. Using a mixed approach of western and eastern medicine has shown tremendous results.

Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture has been clinically proven to reduce the intensity of allergies and the need to use antihistamines.* Treating your allergies with acupuncture over the course of some weeks will lead to decreased reliance on your allergy medicine and overall improvement in your symptoms. What this means for you is less sneezing, coughing, itchy and/or burning eyes,blowing your nose and brain fog and more time spent enjoying life here in beautiful Colorado.  If you are ready to take full control and want to pursue more natural remedies that don’t involve a lot of antihistamines that cause unpleasant side effects like excessive drowsiness, there are many options in TCM that we can discuss.

Don’t let allergies make you miserable this spring season or limit the activities you enjoy doing in life. Reach out to Altitude Acupuncture today, to schedule your consultation and get a jump start on preventing any allergy attacks that are coming your way.

Be Well.