Acupuncture for Allergies

Why You Should Consider Acupuncture for the Treatment of Allergy Symptoms this Year…

If seeing your first robin or watching the crocus beginning to surface makes you cringe, you are likely one of the millions of people that suffer from spring allergies in Ballwin every year. Before you run to the pharmacy for the nearest decongestant, consider acupuncture for the treatment of allergy symptoms that can include runny nose, congestion and watery eyes.

Are western medicine treatments the best we have available to us for the treatment of allergies?

The answer is a resounding NO! Treating allergies with acupuncture has become more widely acceptable because acupuncture has had no known side effects.

Why not try acupuncture instead of remaining dependent on potentially harmful prescription medications?

Western medicine admits that treatment with medication only manages symptoms; there is not a cure for allergies with traditional medication. Antihistamines, bronchodilators, decongestants and steroids can all be prescribed to treat allergy symptoms, depending on the severity of symptoms.

Antihistamines including Zyrtec, Claritin, and Benadryl all can cause drowsiness and once the medication is stopped, symptoms resurface quickly if the allergen is still present. Antihistamines have been used for years to treat allergies and are generally the first medications prescribed for allergy sufferers.

Decongestants such as Sudafed, Afrin, or Claritin D can be used for a few days, but continual use can actually make symptoms worse. The side effects from decongestant use can include high blood pressure, insomnia or irritability. Combination medications that include both a decongestant and antihistamine are the most effective at treating chronic, seasonal allergies.

Bronchodilators are inhaled medications used to control asthma symptoms and remove mucous from the lungs. If overused, bronchodilators are potent drugs that can cause high blood pressure and rapid heart beats. Bronchodilators work by relaxing the muscle bands that constrict airflow, rapidly opening the airways and allowing breathing to improve.

Steroids (Flonase, Flovent, Nasonex) are also used for the treatment of severe allergies and side effects can include weight gain, high blood pressure, fluid retention, muscle weakness and diabetes. It may take one to two weeks of daily usage for steroids to become effective in the treatment of allergy symptoms.

Acupuncture relieves nasal congestion, watery eyes, itchy nose, and chronic nasal membrane inflammation by opening up energy channels and allowing the body’s own immune system to heal itself.

There is potential for allergies to be cured by the use of acupuncture. The only way to learn how acupuncture will alleviate your allergies is to try a few sessions with a certified Ballwin Acupuncturist and see how you feel. The goal of any allergy sufferer should be to take as little prescription medication as possible and still be free of allergy symptoms.

If you have any questions send me an e-mail or call me at  (636) 893-5048.
I’ll be happy to answer your questions and discuss your concerns.


Laurie Mecham, Lic.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist in Ballwin, MO

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“Acupuncture treatments are natural, safe, effective and drug-free. My goal is to activate the natural, self-healing abilities of your body to bring balance and prevent future illness and disease.”
–Laurie Mecham, Lic.Ac.