Helping You Eliminate Your Allergies
Acuharmony Acupuncture in Stoneham, MA, offers acupuncture services for allergy elimination.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is an exaggerated immune response or reaction to substances (allergens) that are generally not harmful. The body responds in a fight or flight mode where your brain sends either histamine or heparin to deal the imposed threat to the body.
Many people know of the common allergens that cause ailments. The most common allergens are food, dust, mold, and seasonal allergies like pollen, dust mites, grass, rhinitis (hayfever), and trees. Of course, there are people who are also allergic to animals.
The most common animal allergies are dogs and cats, but problems can be caused by any animal that gives off dander. The most common food allergens are soy, dairy, eggs, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, wheat, gluten, shellfish, and sulfites.
Symptoms of allergies vary but often include breathing problems like coughing, shortness of breath, and asthma. Other symptoms include skin rashes and hives. Hives (chronic and ordinary urticaria) can appear suddenly as angry red welts. Those welts can become itchy and begin to swell. Eczema is characterized by itching and a red rash or red bumps. Eczema most commonly occurs on the face, knees, hands, or feet. Eczema is thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to unknown triggers. In addition, eczema is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma.
There is a theory within natural medicine circles that there are nine possible allergens that cause illness in your body. When your immune system is compromised, nine possible allergens have an opportunity to invade your body through what we call meridians (invisible electrical system in your body).
The simplest analogy is the analogy of the two magnets. Your brain and your body are one magnet while the allergen is another magnet. If you have a sensitivity to that magnet, it is very similar to having a North Pole magnet trying to attract a North Pole magnet. They will just repel each other, causing tension. There will be a strong repulsion going on causing systemic reactions and symptoms.
How does the allergy elimination work?
The allergy elimination uses a variety of non-invasive, natural, and painless modalities. By using muscle testing (neuromuscular sensitivity testing), we are able to figure out imbalances in the body. We then stimulate acupuncture pressure points on the spine while the patient is holding on the allergen. After the stimulation, we check again for a strong muscle testing (NST). We then stimulate the specific acupuncture points to stabilize the treatment for 20 minutes.
The allergen must then be avoided for a minimum of 25 hours following the treatment for the best results. There is a specific sequence of allergens that has to be tested in order for the patient to go on to the next allergen. The reason why this is done is because it optimizes the patient’s immune system so when they are confronted with an allergen, they will be able to sustain a response strong enough to fight the allergen.
Usually one treatment is all that is needed to clear that allergen, but when a patient has a strong sensitivity to that allergen, it will take a few more treatments to clear that allergen.