Acupuncture Can Relieve Allergies
Seasonal allergies happen for a simple reason—a person reacts to the pollen of flowers in trees, grasses and weeds, which results in symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue. But simple causes don’t mean a simple impact on life. The incidence of allergies in children and adults has increased significantly in the past two decades. Prescription and over-the-counter medications are widely available, but are only intended to suppress or inhibit the immune response. These medications do nothing to contribute to overall health, let alone prevention of allergies. Medicines also come with a host of side effects, including drowsiness and immune system repression. Patients are advised to avoid the allergen, but that isn’t always possible.
Acupuncture can not only clear symptoms of allergies, but also help the body achieve overall balance, which has a host of positive effects including addressing the underlying condition causing allergies and improving overall health. Treating the whole person and balancing the immune system are common goals of acupuncture, in terms of allergy treatment and all other treatments, too. The acupuncturist will assess the patient’s health and overall vigor, and then treat to relieve symptoms and address the underlying immune system weakness believed to be at the root of allergy suffering.
Acupuncture has been proven to alter the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, regulate the blood flow, and stimulate the immune system, all of which are necessary components in the treatment of allergies.
Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, also known as NAET, is another acupunctural tool used to eliminate allergies of all types and intensities. Developed over twenty-five years ago, NAET is a non-invasive, natural solution that blends acupuncture or acupressure, allopathic (western medicine), kinesiology, and nutritional disciplines of medicine.
An allergy attack is an immune response. When an individual comes in contact with a substance they are allergic to their immune system becomes hyperactive and the body’s natural defense sets in, resulting in sneezing, sinus congestion, skin outbreaks, etc. Through the stimulation of certain acupuncture points, a NAET practitioner can help to “re-program” the body’s immune response so that it no longer reacts to an allergen. A patient is asked to grasp a glass vile containing the substance they are allergic to, which triggers the body’s immune response. The immune response is then desensitized by massaging specific acupuncture points along the spine, and this protocol is repeated until that response has disappeared. Next, ten specific acupuncture points located on the arms and lower legs are massaged for one to two minutes each. After a twenty-minute rest period the patient MUST stay away from the allergic substance for twenty-four hours. Typically one treatment clears one allergy depending on its severity. Once the immune system becomes desensitized to specific allergens through the NAET process, allergies can be eliminated for many years or even for a lifetime.
NAET Allergy Elimination:
Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, also known as NAET, are a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to eliminate allergies of all types and intensities. One allergen is treated at a time. If you are not severely immune deficient , you may need just one treatment to desensitize one allergen. Basic essential nutrients are treated during the first few visits regardless of the allergen. These basic essential nutrients must be treated first to balance and strengthen your nervous system so that it is prepared to be treated for your specific allergen. If your nervous system is not balanced, it will be more difficult to clear severe allergens from your body and for your body to “hold” the treatment. Once an allergen is treated and cleared from your nervous system, it is cleared for life.
After recognition of the systemic relationship between contact with an allergen and the resulting neuro-physiological effects produced in the body, she began to discover the key to the mystery of how the brain may be reprogrammed in its response to what it once took to be harmful or toxic. This is the basis of NAET, to retrain your nervous system so that it does not respond adversely to particular substances. NAET can successfully eliminate adverse reactions to egg, milk, peanuts, shellfish, grass, juniper, pine, perfume, animal dander, chemicals, cigarette smoke and many other environmental and food allergies.
Before a Treatment
- Please do not wear any perfume or strong smelling hairsprays, lotions, etc.
- Please do not eat any strong smelling foods like raw garlic or onions.
- Wear minimum or no jewelry
- Wear loose comfortable clothing
- Please turn cell phones off or to silent
- Always eat before a treatment, you should not be hungry
- Please wash your hands before a treatment
- You should not have a companion or children in the room during a treatment
- Do not chew gum or eat during a treatment
After a Treatment
- Wash your hands
- Do not exercise vigorously for 6 hours
- Do not shower or bathe for 6 hours
- Avoid exposure to extreme hot or cold
- Avoid allergen treated for 25 hours
Q: Will my Allergies be gone forever?
A: With this technique, allergens are cleared (treated) one at a time, in a specific order. The good news is that following the prescribed formula, allowing for the 25-hour avoidance of the treated substance, one session is all it usually takes to reduce/clear an allergy. Highly sensitive individuals may require additional “combination” clearings.
Q. What are allergies?
A. Medical scientists are still researching to find the exact cause and nature of allergies, but may not have all the answers for years to come. From a Western medical point of view, allergy is an over-reaction by the immune system. In NAET, allergies are viewed from a holistic perspective, based on Oriental Medical principles. An allergy is a condition of unusual sensitivity of one person to one or more substances which may be harmless to the majority of other individuals. In the allergic person, the allergic substance, known as an allergen, is viewed by the brain as a threat to the body’s well-being. Therefore, for our purposes, an allergy is defined in terms of what a substance does to the energy flow in the body. When contact is made with an allergen, it causes blockages in the energy pathways called meridians, or we can say, it disrupts the normal flow of energy through the body’s electrical circuits. This energy blockage causes interference in communication between the brain and body via the nervous system. This blocked energy flow is the first step in a chain of events which can develop into an allergic response. Allergies are the result of energy imbalances in the body, leading to a diminished state of health in one or more organ system.
Q. How do I discover and treat my allergies?
A. Conventional Western medical tests for allergies are several. Some of them are the “Intra-dermal test,” “patch test,” “scratch test,” and various other blood tests such as the RAST test and the ELIZA test, which can identify dozens of allergens from one test or from one blood sample. In most cases, patients must have had previous exposures to the allergen to get an accurate result.
Up until recently, there has been no satisfactory method for treating a person’s allergies. Desensitization using injections of allergenic substances over a period of months, or even years, has been the standard approach used by medical allergists. This approach is effective in some people for some allergies, but in many it does not do the job, especially with food allergies.
Another standard treatment is using drugs, either antihistamines or drugs like Claritin steroids to control allergic symptoms. Unfortunately, this does not correct the underlying problem, and often has serious long term side effects.
The most effective treatment option until now has been complete avoidance of the offending allergen(s). This can be difficult at best, and impossible in some cases. Now however, there is an alternative.
For more information, please visit the NAET website at www.naet.com or contact one of our certified acupuncturists at 541-330-8298. If you are interested in trying acupuncture for allergy relief contact one of our clinics: Bend Acupuncture Clinic, or the Redmond Acupuncture Clinic. If you have any questions about call us at 541-330-8298.