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Acupuncture for Allergies

An allergy is an abnormal reaction triggered by our immune system to certain substances such as pollen, dust, food or medication. The conventional medical treatments include antihistamine, nasal decongestant spray or cortisone-based inhalers. While these drugs may relieve the symptoms, they do not get rid of the root cause of the illness and many times use of the steroid depletes the immune system.

Acupuncture is non-invasive, gentle and painless. It is also the most effective and deepest healing method for the elimination of allergies and allergy related conditions. The modern scientific explanation is that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the body that influence the body's own internal regulating system. This strengthens the body's resistance and balances the body's antigen-antibody reaction to relieve allergies as well as asthma and sinusitis. Acupuncture is an excellent complementary and alternative treatment option for allergic diseases including asthma and sinusitis, because it

  • focuses on diagnosing and treating both the symptoms and the root cause of imbalance.
  • detoxifies the body, strengthens the immune system and the adrenal gland to allow the body to reap substantial long-term health benefits in managing allergies.
  • is a holistic treatment that also addresses any related imbalance in health as well as emotional and spiritual causes of allergy.
  • is a unique individual and personalized approach. Since treatment depends on a group of symptoms in Chinese Medicine, each patient’s has a different configuration of symptoms, which makes treatment very specific and appropriate.

Dr.Lin Zhou has extensive medical training and experience in treating many different allergies and allergic reactions, including seasonal allergies, food allergies, asthma and chronic sinusitis. The complexities of allergies and allergy related symptoms are well known to Dr. Zhou, and she is committed to providing the highest standard of comprehensive, personalized treatment. Always looking for more deeply rooted indications in each patient, she selects acupuncture points that strengthen organ function, rid the body of unhealthy excess symptoms and bring nourishment to any deficient areas. It is not unusual that patients find relief during the first visit while lying on the exam table during treatment. Usually after 2-4 treatments, patients’ symptoms will greatly decrease. Dr. Zhou also focuses on the treatment of allergy related conditions, such as digestive disorders, immune dysfunction, unexplained pains, depression, emotional stress, which can all be related to an underlying allergy.

After allergy symptoms are effectively managed, Dr. Zhou addresses long-range management and elimination, which might include dietary and lifestyle modification, such as minimizing or avoidance of dairy products, cold and iced drinks, excessively sweet or spicy foods; cessation of smoking and alcohol consumption; and advises plenty of rest to avoid fatigue. Dr. Zhou truly believes that healthy habits will address allergies more efficiently and with longer lasting results. She also prescribes specific herbal formulas and suggests acupuncture once or twice a year before what used to be the patient’s allergy seasons to strengthen the immune system. Dr. Zhou has many patients who have drastically reduced or completely eliminated the need for medications and/or allergy shots.

Dr. Zhou welcomes your concerns, needs, and wants to work with you to enhance your quality of life. Her goal is to offer you innovative, comprehensive care, and help you to breathe easier, season after season.