Dr. Mindy Boxer – Acupuncture Can Help You Deal with Allergy Symptoms

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Research tells us that Acupuncture has been beneficial in treating a variety of conditions including High Blood Pressure, Stress and Anxiety, and Headaches, just to name a few. And the good news is, you can add allergy symptoms to that list as well.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation recommends that doctors offer Acupuncture to those patients looking for a drug-free treatment option for Allergies. Anyone suffering from severe Allergies knows the “brain fog” that can come from some of the medications prescribed for dealing with Allergy symptoms. Acupuncture provides an effective and non-pharmacological option for patients.

The symptoms associated with Allergies can be miserable and include swollen, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, allergic eczema, and conjunctivitis. When using Acupuncture to treat Allergies, several Meridians can be targeted including the Lungs, Stomach, Spleen and Colon. Stimulating these points can restore Qi, thus relieving the symptoms. A study by the Mayo Clinic explains that Acupuncture works directly on the nerve fibers sending messages to the brain and influencing the Autonomic Nervous System to transmit signals within the body, which can stimulate the Immune System.

What the Research Says

While more research certainly needs to be done, there are studies that suggest Acupuncture is helpful in treating Allergic Rhinitis. For example, a 2015 review of 13 randomized-control studies of more than 2,000 participants found that those receiving Acupuncture had a significant reduction in nasal symptoms and immunoglobulin E (defined as antibodies that are over produced in the body’s response to allergens)1. And Acupuncture patients also had a reduction in the need to take medication to treat their Allergy symptoms. Smaller studies also found Acupuncture to be beneficial when compared to the use of Antihistamines, but researchers acknowledge more studies need to be completed in this area.

It’s always important to speak with me directly about your specific symptoms as treatment plans will differ for each person depending the severity and type of symptoms. As a general assessment, typical Allergy Acupuncture treatments will involve weekly or twice-weekly appointments spanning several weeks or even months depending on the symptoms. I can then determine if annual or semi-annual treatments are needed to maintain results.

In addition to your Acupuncture treatments, there are other steps you can take to minimize your symptoms.

  •  Do a spring cleaning and clean out particularly dusty or moldy areas of your home like air vents, basements and attics.
  • Stick to indoor activities to minimize pollen exposure
  •  Keep doors and windows closed.
  • Take a shower to rinse off pollen after outdoor activities.

The root cause of Allergies is different for everyone. Another option that I might explore with you is to add Herbal Formulas to your treatment plan as this can greatly increase the efficacy of the treatments. Adding Herbal Formulas along with the traditional needle treatment can be an effective one-two punch for treating seasonal Allergies.

As always, you will want to talk to me about your specific symptoms. The symptoms of Allergies can be debilitating and can definitely impact a person’s quality of life. If medication hasn’t worked for you, call me today about additional treatment options that might help to relieve your Allergy symptoms.


 

Don’t wait, make an appointment today to see how Acupuncture can help relieve your Allergy symptoms!

Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.
Proper Nutrition, Herbs, Acupuncture, and Homeopathic remedies are the tools Dr. Boxer utilizes to allow the body to heal itself and find its way back to balance. She is dedicated to helping her patients find “Radiant Health and Well-Being.”

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