Throughout the 25 years of his carrier, our acupuncturist, Sylvain Trudel, has treated approximately 250 people who have suffered from allergies (pollen, dust, and mites). Out of those 250 patients, he estimates that 85% of them respond well to acupuncture. Normally, about 10 treatments are sufficient enough to soothe this issue.
Since one of the principal allergy seasons is approaching us, and it is recommended to begin treatments 6 to 8 weeks before the beginning of the season, it is important to start thinking about it.
Certain types of allergies are harder to treat with acupuncture, per example, those allergic to animal fur. For those with food allergies, the repercussions can be quite bad. It is for that reason that those two types of allergies are not treated by Mr. Trudel, he instead recommends a medical intervention.
Acupuncture is mainly about energy; it’s free circulation, blockage. The main goal, in acupuncture is to balance out the key organs’ energy with small sterilized needles or a soft laser. In the case of allergies, the treatments are targeted towards 3 particular organs: the lungs, the stomach, and the spleen.
Why the lungs?
The lungs are the organ that serves as the allergens main entry point. By treating the lungs’ energy, we make them act “normally” when faced with the intrusion of foreign bodies.
The second organ that is targeted in acupuncture is the spleen. The spleen’s energy is important because it:
- Purifies the blood from 100ml to 200ml per minute
- Synthesizes antibodies
- Forms a blood cell reserve
By harmonizing the spleens energy, acupuncture contributes toward maintaining or finding a balance of the immune system.
Finally, the stomachs energy is important because, through this meridian, it influences the thyroid gland. This gland maintains the hormonal balance via the inhibition of the thyroid- stimulating and the thyrotropin-releasing hormones’. This double control pituitary and hypothalamic maintains a relatively constant hormone secretion when the conditions are stable. A disruption of this gland jeopardizes the systems’ global energy and, therefore, predisposes the patient to a dispropotionate immune reaction.
By treating these three organs, acupuncture helps restoring a homeostatic state that has an impact on allergic reactions.
There are always exceptions that can resist the treatment’s force. For example, Mr. Trudel has once treated a family of three people. Two of them obtained immediate results after only four treatments. Although, after ten treatments, the third person was still showing symptoms, however, they were minimal.
In conclusion, acupuncture can be a method to prevent or heal seasonal allergy cases without any medication.