Spring is upon us, and with it come the pesky sniffling and sneezing associated with seasonal allergies. As the snow continues to melt, trees will soon begin to bud and pollen will become airborne. For some, this signals the exciting start of a fresh life cycle — while others stock up on Kleenex and prepare for an impending several-month-long episode of eye-wiping, nose-blowing, throat-clearing days.
Doctors typically treat seasonal allergies by prescribing antihistamines and decongestants. These medications may alleviate symptoms for a day, but they are reactive approaches to treatment – meaning they only soothe those watery, itchy eyes once you’re in the middle of an allergy episode. On the contrary, acupuncture is a proactive, preventative method to treat seasonal allergy symptoms before they begin, which makes now the perfect time to schedule an appointment and start your treatment!
If your symptoms have already begun, acupuncture is also an effective way to lessen your suffering for an extended period of time. Acupuncture works by stimulating certain points along your skin using tiny needles. Your acupuncturist determines these points by utilizing the “meridian system” when examining your physical state. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the energy of life flows through each person via channels known as meridians. Acupuncture pinpoints sites of unbalanced energy flow along these meridians and works to correct imbalances.
If a fear of needles has led you to dismiss acupuncture in the past, it is likely that you do not realize how thin the needles actually are! They do not bear any resemblance to needles that are used for injections or to draw blood. Picture a needle as fine as a hair that bends at your touch. Your acupuncturist will have needles of varying lengths, so depending on which needles you use during treatment, you will feel the most minimal discomfort or no discomfort of any kind. Furthermore, it is perfectly acceptable to disclose your fears to your practitioner and request the absolute smallest needles.
Don’t spend the warmer days, that are just around the corner, shut indoors waiting for the “storm” to pass! Call us today and begin your proactive treatment!
NOTE: All services are not available at all locations. Check with your local CNY Healing Arts Center ahead of time so we can accommodate you!
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