This may be a bit premature… but with the mild and pleasant weather we’ve lately enjoyed in the UK there is no better time than right now to get ready for the allergy season.
As the trees start to bloom (yes I’ve already spotted a few blossoms and buds on the apple tree in our back garden) and the pollen is released into the atmosphere, allergy sufferers begin their annual ritual of sniffling and sneezing.
In fact, it’s estimated that as much as 15 to 20% of people in the UK are affected by seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever, and in the US as many as 35 million Americans fall prey to it every year.
Even though the mainstream keeps telling us that there is no magical cure for spring allergies, German researchers may have come up with the answer to an allergy-free spring… and it does not involve taking daily antihistamines… or in some cases getting an antibiotic prescription.
Acupuncture: The magic bullet against seasonal sniffs and sneezes
Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies will tell you what an inconvenience they can be. For one, instead of enjoying the sweet smell of spring coming into bloom, you spend your days sifting through a medicine cabinet full of nasty nasal sprays and dodgy prescription drugs.
Let’s be honest, even over-the-counter allergy medications are nothing to fool around with. Common allergy treatments have been linked to drowsiness, constipation, irregular heartbeats, seizures, and more.
Now, thanks to a German research team, much-needed drug-free relief may be on the way. The researchers assigned 422 people with seasonal allergies to receive a variety of allergy treatments, including acupuncture, and the results were amazing: after eight weeks of acupuncture, a staggering 71 per cent of patients reported improvements in their seasonal allergy symptoms. According to a scale used to measure allergy symptoms, the severity of these patients’ symptoms decreased by an impressive 37 per cent.
In fact, acupuncture is a perfectly safe and side-effect-free treatment that has proven itself time and again over literally centuries of research and use.
So if common seasonal allergy medications have let you down – and, believe me, you’re not alone if they have – or if you just want to try a safer remedy with proven long-term health benefits, give acupuncture a try.
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Could acupuncture help relieve seasonal allergies? (yahoo.com)