Just about any health condition can be a symptom of underlying allergies. It is very common for the allergies to go undiagnosed while the symptoms - headaches, depression, asthma, rashes, indigestion, etc. - are treated only with temporary success, possibly complicating the condition
Acupuncture has been successfully used for thousands of years to treat allergies, muscle pain and joint stiffness, PMS, headaches, colds, flu, and psychological disorders, among other conditions.
Oriental medicine believes that energy circulates through the body along twelve well-defined pathways, or meridians. If this energy circulation is disrupted optimum function is affected, resulting in pain or illness.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles just under the skin, which stimulates points along the pathways to balance the circulation of energy. The sensation is not one of pain, but of warmth or pressure. Additional techniques include the use of moxa, cupping, massage, and herbal medicine.
The Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) is a recent combination of acupuncture with Western science that has been found to be extremely effective at eliminating allergies. Developed by Dr. Nambudripad after years of observing patients, NAET therapy begins with a series of 12 treatments for the most common allergens. The treatments consist of muscle testing and Chinese medical evaluation techniques. Correction of an allergy or imbalance related to these items creates a foundation for the body and the effectiveness of subsequent treatments.
Treatments are administered on a weekly or biweekly basis. The total number of treatments needed varies, ranging from one or two treatments to weekly treatments for up to a year and a half. NAET may be done in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Positive changes usually occur within the first five sessions. Early changes often include an increased sense of wellbeing, greater mental clarity, and improved sleep. Relief of allergic symptoms may or may not be evident early on.
Most basically healthy people achieve desired results in three to six months. Practitioners report that 85% of clients who are consistent and follow through with the series experience complete or satisfactory reduction in their symptoms.
More chronic or serious health problems may not be completely resolved by NAET, but NAET can provide a foundation for other treatment modalities which can be used with success.
By the time most people finish with the basics, many of their food allergies have cleared up. Some patients may require treatments for additional substances. Once an allergy is treated, it is usually gone for life.
At Acupuncture Healing Center, the initial session lasts about 2 hours. I take a history and perform muscle tests to determine any allergies to the initial 12 items, and additional items that, by the history, are likely to be problematic.
I will also check for energy imbalances that may underlie a chronic health problem. I do not use laboratory tests such as blood and urine analysis.
Each NAET treatment takes about 45 minutes. After uncovering an allergy with a muscle test, I perform an acupressure and acupuncture treatment specific to that allergy. You then avoid that substance for 25 hours. You will return for further testing; in many cases the allergy will be completely gone.
For more information visit the NAET website and Allergy 2000, and the books Say Goodbye to Illness by Dr. Nambudripad and Winning the War Against Asthma and Allergies by Dr. Ellen Cutler.
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For more information about the causes and research on allergies, click to listen to this interesting interview about Summer Allergies on NPR.
Article about acupuncture and allergies on Time.com: Acupuncture already helps to relieve pain in some patients, and the latest study hints that it might relieve sneezing and itchy eyes as well. Most patients plagued with sniffles brought on by seasonal allergies turn to antihistamines for relief, but when they don’t get relief, some opt for alternative treatments like acupuncture.