Every year, The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America puts out its list the “Worst Cities in the United States for Spring Allergies”, and Louisville is always vying for top ranking. In 2014, it won out, out ranking other U.S. cities for springtime allergens. This year, Louisville is #2, but still presents a strong challenge for anyone with allergies.
The bad news is that the spring allergy season persists between February and June.
Spring allergies are a fact of life for residents of the Ohio River Valley.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an estimated 40 million Americans suffer from allergies and allergy is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. for people of all ages.
Typically, those who suffer with seasonal allergies turn to both over-the-counter and prescription medications, but may opt for alternative treatments when relief is not significant enough. Acupuncture is one option that many find helpful. It is often used to complement other treatment with good results. For example, a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined 422 people with pollen allergies. After two months, those who used medication along with acupuncture reported fewer symptoms and less medication use (4).
If you would like to explore the use of Chinese Medicine to manage your seasonal allergies, you can call Jeffrey Russell at his clinic, Abacus Chinese Medicine in Louisville. He is a practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalism, both very effective treatments for these conditions. 502.299-8900. You can also learn more about the use of Chinese Medicine in the treatment of allergies here.
Brinkhaus, Ortiz, Witt, Roll, Linde, Pfab, et.al. Acupuncture in Patients With Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis: A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(4):225-23434.