Scratch not! Acupuncture works for your allergies

Although acupuncture has established a reputation for pain control, fewer people are aware that it can be very effective for various types of allergy-related issues and asthma. Research is beginning to demonstrate what I see frequently in my practice. I’ve just seen this recent study in the respected medical journal, Allergy, showing that acupuncture was MORE effective than standard medical therapy for itching associated with the most common type of skin allergy, atopic dermatitis. Standard therapy is an antihistamine such as cetirizine (Zyrtec) with annoying side effects such as drowsiness. Here is the link:
Acupuncture compared with oral antihistamine for type I hypersensitivity itch and skin response in adults with atopic dermatitis – a patient- and examiner-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial
This builds on earlier research from 2010, that showed that when allergies were experimentally provoked by injecting allergens under the skin, both the itch and the size of the wheal (the red inflamed area) were significantly lower when acupuncture was used.
Influence of acupuncture on type I hypersensitivity itch and the wheal and flare response in adults with atopic eczema – a blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial.
I find that I can reduce the symptoms of many types of allergies and hives with 2-4 treatments, although patient responses do vary.

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