The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #80874   Message #1477814
Posted By: *daylia*
04-May-05 - 09:50 AM
Thread Name: BS: Allergies
Subject: RE: BS: Allergies
One of my sons has suffered allergies and related asthma most of his life. He's spent so much time over the years suffering, not to mention all that money on Ventilin and over-the-counter drugs, which never seem to work very well and are hard on the rest of the bod too. Yesterday he sent me this interesting article about allergies...

Allergies are the result of a hypersensitive immune system. The allergic immune system misidentifies an otherwise innocuous substance as harmful, and then attacks the substance with a ferocity far greater than required. The problems this attack can cause range from mildly inconvenient and uncomfortable to the total failure of the organism the immune system is supposed to be protecting...

I've been telling him for quite a while now about the quick success other people I know have enjoyed with acupuncture. In my understanding, acupuncture works because it changes the way the immune system reacts to the "trigger" substance (ie cat hair). The needles redirect the body's energy so that it flows correctly even while being exposed to a tiny bit of the substance. The body quickly responds to this new "conditioning" - it "learns" it can tolerate the substance without symptoms, and changes it's responses permanently.

Here's what one MD has to say about treating allergies with acupuncture....

I find it gratifying to treat seasonal allergies with acupuncture. There is often a quick response. Often patients get some relief during the first visit while lying on the exam table with their acupuncture needles in place. Patients are asked to score their nose stuffiness on a zero to ten scale. Zero meaning no stuffiness at all and 10 being the worst possible stuffiness for the patient. A score may be determined before and after the acupuncture treatment. Patients can also determine the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment by tracking the number of sneezes per day and the number of itching episodes around their eyes. After an initial series of treatments, patients come in for further treatments on an as needed basis. Some patients come back in once or twice a year for a booster while others may come more often.

In general, patients do better if they avoid sugar and milk in their diets. They have better and longer lasting responses. I have seen many patients who failed medication and allergy shots respond to acupuncture. Patients continue with whatever standard treatments they are currently undergoing while getting acupuncture treatments. Most patients end up significantly reducing or eliminating their dependence on allergy medications.

I sent my son that article yesterday, and also this glowing testimonial . And what's his response? "U know me, I hate needles. Or maybe I'm just lazy."

Oh well, I give up.... for now...