How Effective Is Acupuncture for Allergies?


Are you tired of dealing with seasonal allergies? Do you want to find a way to alleviate your symptoms without taking medication? You may benefit from acupuncture treatments at Creekwood Physiotherapy in Edmonton, AB.

Acupuncture is a well-known practice that started in China more than 3000 years ago. The traditional view of acupuncture is based on the belief that our energy or life force (aka Qi) flows through the body along meridians. These meridian channels contain the life force, and illness follows when the flow is impeded.

Modern acupuncture is often influenced by Western medicine and has been studied to determine its physiological effects. Although the technique is similar to traditional acupuncture, Western medical acupuncture uses acupuncture to address a medical diagnosis. It stimulates sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles.

Our acupuncture team will work with you at Creekwood Physiotherapy in Edmonton, AB to identify the solutions to your allergy issues. We use proven techniques to ensure your results so you can find the relief you have been looking for!

Request an appointment today and see if acupuncture can help your allergies!

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is based on the idea that Qi flows through the meridian pathways throughout the body. The acupuncturist uses hair-thin needles to free any blockages in the flow of Qi at specific points along the meridians.

According to traditional acupuncture, each meridian is associated with a different system in the body. A skilled acupuncturist will identify the strategies and corresponding organs related to the blocked energy flow and target the points along the meridians to have the most significant impact.

When acupuncture is used for allergies, the points along the meridians we will target depend on the specific symptoms the individual is experiencing. The main organs addressed will likely include the following:

  • Lungs
  • Colon
  • Stomach
  • Spleen


These specific meridians are associated with our body’s defensive immunity, and a blockage or deficiency is typically associated with typical allergy symptoms. If you are experiencing swelling, watery eyes, runny nose, or sneezing, stimulating these points will restore defensive Qi and alleviate your allergy symptoms.

Scientific research has significantly enhanced our understanding of the mechanisms of acupuncture treatment, but the exact mechanism is still not precise. One theory suggests the needles directly affect nerve fibers which influence the messages sent to the brain or autonomic nervous system (i.e., fight and flight response).

Another hypothesis is that acupuncture affects specific activities in the body’s cells responsible for the transport, breakdown, and clearance of substances that trigger an immune system reaction (i.e., allergic response). The effects of acupuncture are thought to decrease inflammation common with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) associated with breathing in an allergen.

If you are looking for solutions to your allergies and don’t want to use medication, try acupuncture at Creekwood Physiotherapy and find the relief you have been looking for!

What to expect at your acupuncture sessions

Although a single session can significantly impact your symptoms, research has shown that multiple sessions typically create longer-lasting relief than when a single treatment is used. Our highly skilled team at Creekwood Physiotherapy will design a plan that includes a course of acupuncture treatments.

Our acupuncturists will start with a consultation that includes your medical history, including any medication or supplements you may be taking. Next, your practitioner will determine your treatment plan based on what meridian is likely blocked and causing your current symptoms. Your Edmonton, AB acupuncturist will then decide the best course of treatment for your particular condition.

Our acupuncturists are highly skilled and will use all forms of acupuncture treatments, including needles and any other recommendations, to ensure your overall well-being. The goal of each session is to facilitate the energy flowing through the meridians and restore health to the individual.

Request an appointment at Creekwood Physiotherapy today!

At Creekwood Physiotherapy, our highly trained acupuncturists will thoroughly evaluate your symptoms to identify where your meridians may be blocked and develop a course of treatments to help you find relief once and for all!

When you’re ready to finally find long-lasting relief and stop settling for the persistent allergies that interfere with your enjoyment of life, contact our acupuncturists and schedule a consultation!


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