As spring draws near, many of us are also entering the season of allergies. The good news is that there are effective remedies that can help us stop the sneezing, runny nose, and itching, so that we can get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
Acupuncture recently has been in the news as an effective way to manage allergies. As this recent NPR article explained, “Acupuncture may help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life for people with perennial allergic rhinitis, and may help with seasonal allergies, too, according to several studies.” This recommendation is from new guidelines issued by the Academy of Otolaryngology.
In addition to acupuncture treatments, people have found relief with several other natural remedies. These include using:
- a neti pot or saline spray for nasal irrigation,
- high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to trap allergens and other irritants,
- air conditioners and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air, which curbs the growth of mold and mildew,
- showers to remove allergens from your skin and hair, especially if you have been gardening, and
- peppermint tea, which can help break up and clear out mucus.
Sources, and for more information:
National Public Radio, Nancy Shute, Acupuncture May Help with Nasal Allergies, Doctors Say, Feb. 2, 2015, http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/02/02/383281431/acupuncture-may-help-with-nasal-allergies-doctors-say
Health.com, Home Remedies for Allergies: What Works?, http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20677556,00.html