Western medicine tends to prescribe the use of medications like antihistamines, decongestants or corticosteroids for allergy relief of annoying symptoms that allergy sufferers go through. This may provide temporary relief but there can sometimes be unpleasant or even unbearable side effects. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that the best way to control allergies is to address their causes by treating the whole person and balancing the immune system.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body’s allergic reaction is the function of what is termed the defensive Qi. The main meridians that provide for circulation of the defensive Qi are the lung, colon, stomach and spleen meridian — the meridians of the anterior circulation.
A recent study has shown the following:
The ACUSAR study (“Acupuncture in seasonal allergic rhinitis”) in Germany, a multicenter study on acupuncture in seasonal allergic rhinitis with 422 patients, has already been concluded. This study examined the efficacy of acupuncture on symptom reduction and improvement of quality of life in comparison to symptomatic therapy with antihistamines and “sham” acupuncture. The results of this study show a statistically significant improvement of quality of life in the verum acupuncture patients.