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Allergies refer to an abnormal immune response to substances that are typically harmless to most people. These substances, called allergens, can include pollen, dust mites, pet dander, certain foods, and insect venom. When individuals with allergies are exposed to allergens, their immune system reacts by producing an immune response that results in symptoms such as sneezing, itching, runny nose, watery eyes, and skin rashes.

Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, may provide several potential benefits for managing allergies:

  1. Symptom relief: Acupuncture can help alleviate allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, sneezing, itching, and watery eyes. The insertion of needles at specific acupuncture points stimulates the release of endorphins, which can help reduce inflammation and relieve allergy-related discomfort.

  2. Immune system modulation: Acupuncture has been suggested to modulate the immune system, helping to rebalance immune responses. In the case of allergies, acupuncture may help regulate the hypersensitive immune response that triggers allergic reactions, potentially reducing the severity and frequency of symptoms.

  3. Anti-inflammatory effects: Allergic reactions involve inflammation in the body. Acupuncture has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce inflammation and swelling associated with allergies.

  4. Stress reduction: Stress can worsen allergy symptoms and trigger immune system imbalances. Acupuncture is known to promote relaxation and reduce stress levels, potentially minimizing the impact of stress on allergic reactions.

  5. Overall well-being: Acupuncture is often used as part of a holistic approach to health. By promoting overall well-being and balance in the body, acupuncture may support a healthier immune system and improve the body's response to allergens.

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