Breathe Easy: Managing Allergies with Acupuncture

Hayfever relief with acupuncture

Hayfever relief with acupuncture and natural remedies

As spring’s arrival paints the world with a colourful burst of blossoms, it also unfurls the season that many approach with mixed feelings: allergy season. The incessant sneezing, persistent runny noses, itchy and watery eyes, and even bothersome skin irritations can cast a shadow over this otherwise vibrant time of year. If you’ve ever wondered how to combat these symptoms effectively or, better yet, prevent them altogether, here’s your guide to managing allergies through the synergistic combination of acupuncture and natural remedies.

Understanding allergies

Before delving into the natural solutions, let’s take a moment to understand allergies. Allergies are the result of your body’s immune system overreacting to harmless substances in the environment, such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander. When your body identifies these substances as threats, it releases chemicals like histamines, leading to those familiar symptoms: the runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing fits.

The power of acupuncture

Acupuncture, an ancient practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering allergy relief. However, it is a potent natural remedy that has gained recognition for its effectiveness in managing allergies, including hayfever.

Acupuncture operates on the principle of rebalancing the body’s energy, known as “qi” (pronounced “chee”). When energy pathways in the body are blocked or disrupted, it can lead to various health issues, including allergies. Acupuncture, through the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body, aims to remove these blockages and restore harmony.

Research supports the use of acupuncture for allergy relief. A study published in the Journal of Allergy demonstrated that acupuncture effectively reduced allergy symptoms to the same degree as a common over the counter medication.

To maximize the benefits of acupuncture, it’s advisable to start sessions about a month before your typical allergy symptoms begin. This proactive approach can help prevent symptoms from becoming severe. However, even if you’re already grappling with allergy symptoms, acupuncture can provide substantial relief.

The role of probiotics in your treatment plan

Surprisingly, a significant portion of your immune system’s regulation occurs in the gut. This is where probiotics come into play. Seasonal allergies are essentially an exaggerated immune response so by maintaining a healthy gut flora, you can bolster your immune system’s ability to maintain balance and respond appropriately to allergens.

When choosing a probiotic supplement, opt for one with multiple strains to ensure a diverse gut flora. You can also find probiotics specifically formulated to support the immune system and combat allergies, like the one I keep in stock in the clinic. Like acupuncture, it’s best to start probiotics about a month before the expected allergy season begins, but it’s never too late to incorporate this healthy habit into your routine.

Combining acupuncture and natural remedies

While acupuncture and natural remedies can work wonders individually, their real power lies in their synergy. Combining the two can provide a comprehensive and highly effective approach to managing allergies. This proactive approach addresses allergies from multiple angles, bolstering your defences and reducing the severity of symptoms.

Seeking relief through acupuncture

As you navigate the vibrant yet allergen-filled spring season, remember that you have powerful allies in the form of acupuncture and natural remedies. By understanding allergies, harnessing the potential of acupuncture, and complementing it with probiotics, you can manage and even prevent those pesky symptoms. Don’t let allergies put a damper on your spring; instead, breathe easy and enjoy the season to its fullest.

Are you ready to take control of your allergies and enjoy a symptom-free spring season? You can schedule an acupuncture appointment with us today to start your journey towards lasting relief.


 If you would like any information about how your symptoms can be reduced by acupuncture and herbal medicine, feel free to contact me at the clinic on 03 8774 5588 or at Alternatively, you can book an acupuncture appointment online.


Bettina Hauswald, Christina Dill, Jürgen Boxberger, Eberhard Kuhlisch, Thomas Zahnert, Yury M. Yarin, “The Effectiveness of Acupuncture Compared to Loratadine in Patients Allergic to House Dust Mites”, Journal of Allergy, vol. 2014, Article ID 654632, 7 pages, 2014.