Acupuncture has already been widely known to help relieve pain in patients, and studies have further shown that it has also been useful in relieving allergy symptoms. In one study, 422 patients that tested positive for allergy symptoms, specifically that of a runny nose and other nasal symptoms. They were divided into three groups, one of which received 12 acupuncture treatments, one of which received 12 fake acupuncture treatments, and the other which took antihistamines when needed. After these treatments, it was found that the participants who received the actual acupuncture treatments showed a greater improvement in allergy symptoms.
In another case, a college professor actually wrote to the editor of The New York Times to profess the use of acupuncture in his life. After 10 weeks of acupuncture, his lifelong allergy symptoms have finally subsided – he says that the relief was immediate and long-lasting.
When someone approaches an acupuncturist with the problem of allergies, the acupuncturist looks for other signs in each person – sometimes, the severity of the allergies goes to show that there is a deeper problem below the surface. The goal here is to address the immune system imbalance which is essentially at the root of the person’s allergies.