As the seasons changes so do the lives of allergy sufferers, scratchy throats, watery eyes and sneezing become commonplace. Over-the-counter medicines or prescriptions can help, but there may be another option to battle the sniffles.
Allergies are commonly treated with over-the-counter and prescription medications...while some get allergy shots.
About 5-percent of Americans are using acupuncture as an alternative to treat their allergy symptoms.
Whether you're allergic to animals, trees or grass, allergy symptoms can be miserable.
"The sneezing, the itchy watery eyes, not being able to wake up in the mornings, that type of thing." Melody Melrose suffered for years with allergies until she finally got tested.
She's allergic to eggs, chicken and especially sensitive to dust mites. "You know, just my face would swollen when I got up, and it would take me a good two hours before I wanted anyone to talk to me."
Dr. Martha Grout treats Melody's allergies with acupuncture. "Acupuncture I use a lot for acute problems. It's very good for both acute and chronic problems."
Research suggests that acupuncture, when used in conjunction with traditional medicine, can be beneficial for the allergies that ail you. "If you actually wanna change your immune response to that you don't have to take medication for the rest of your life, then acupuncture, allergy testing, immunotherapy, all is very important and works really well."
Depending on the type of allergies you have, the doctor will apply the acupuncture needles to specific areas of your body. In these areas are meridians or energy channels that connect to the source of the problem. "If I had an eye infection, for instance, I would use a specific point on the foot to treat that eye infection."
Melody says the treatments have changed her life because she is no longer held prisoner by her allergy symptoms. "Dr Grout did an acupuncture treatment for me and it took away my nausea, and I could work that day."
Dr. Grout says in order to get rid of allergies you must first identify the problem.