E.C., a 50-year-old woman, has been suffering from allergies for about five weeks when she consulted me about her condition. E.C. has been examined and diagnosed by his primary care provider who prescribed general allergy medications. He experienced increased symptoms of itchy eyes, post nasal drip, and painful sinus headaches. He worries about taking medication because his past medical history includes intermittent menopausal symptoms, restless leg syndrome and chronic immune fatigue deficiency syndrome (CIFDS), which many people might recognize as chronic fatigue syndrome. He worried that the drugs made him feel dry and thirsty and tired. He can’t have these two conditions getting worse when trying to treat newly diagnosed allergies. Do what? He wanted to know if we had a solution.

Frustrated Allergy Patients with Drugs

This patient is not alone in trying to find solutions to allergic symptoms, which have become less seasonal and more throughout the year. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reports more than 50 million Americans to suffer from allergic diseases. Allergies have become the main cause of the six chronic diseases in our country. People are looking for help everywhere. When your friends see a runny nose, sneeze fits and your efforts to scratch your own eyes, they usually want to help by referring you to products or services that have helped them. Sinus/tablet drug store sales increased 17.8% for the year ended January 22 as stated by Chain Drug Review (May 2006). They continue to record an annual volume of% 241.1 billion in drugstore sales alone in the country. While this amount of money reflects a strong trend in treatment options, the American Asthma and Allergy Foundation reported in their March survey that nearly one third (31%) of allergy patients were dissatisfied with their current prescription allergy drugs. The reason shown in the survey for these respondents who were dissatisfied was that their current medication did not eliminate their allergic symptoms for a considerable period. The survey also found that 47% of patients used several prescription allergy medications, while 36% reported taking their prescription allergy medication with an allergy medication without a prescription. This is not only expensive but also raises concerns with health care providers about the security of such practices. People are still looking for solutions. Let’s read on to see how our patients from Andover are made with alarming symptoms.

Acupuncture to Rescue!

The main symptoms that encourage E.C. to our clinic are to get help from persistent sinus headaches. Pressure, facial discomfort along with a runny nose and itchy eyes are too much to deal with. We began treatment with an acupuncture course, which is widely used to treat such symptoms. The effects of acupuncture as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain reliever) and circulatory agent can be used on tight sinus membranes that are difficult to reach just as we use this quality to help tense muscles. Acupuncture does not react with any drug whether prescription or over-the-counter and has no side effects that cause concern with our patients. The patient reported relief from sinus pressure and pain even after the first treatment with the alleviation of some of the “misty misty” feelings he explained during his first visit. Over the next several weeks, E.C. report no sinus headaches, less or no itchy eyes and more physical and mental energy. He began walking the regime and felt good about his progress. He described himself as 80% improved in allergy symptoms.

Choices Are Good

Work with the doctor, E. C. then stop all allergy medications that have been prescribed and he uses over-the-counter medicines. They have experienced sufficient allergy relief, and drugs may have caused it to fall and stay asleep. Menopausal symptoms become more apparent, and the doctor agrees to see how he feels without them. This is a good example of how we work with your existing health care provider. The patient took prescription medication at the time of his first visit. This is typical in our society, and we use acupuncture as an adjunct therapy. Safe and effective for various conditions. The first goal is to help patients feel better when undergoing treatment. We help reduce gaps in care that often exist. Patients feel better with their medication, but not good enough. Because we can help them with help, there may be options to reduce or eliminate some or all of their medications. It’s up to the patients and their doctors. In the case of E.C, he can work with his doctor to see how he feels without allergic drugs. Let’s go back to our patients and see how this ends.

More Specialized Herbal Medicine Provides Allergy and Much More Assistance

Perimenopausal symptoms become more of a problem. He reported an increase in the number of hot flashes, irregular menstruation, mood swings along with symptoms of CIFDS from non-repetitive sleep, which caused greater fatigue. Allergy symptoms still improve and restless leg syndrome flares with poor sleep. We decided to add Chinese herbal medicine as an additional therapy for acupuncture. This combination works well. When he starts to feel better consistently, we reduce his acupuncture visits. We found that herbal medicines can successfully treat symptoms of allergies, menopause, anxiety, and symptoms of CIFDS. He uses acupuncture therapy on the basis needed for each acute symptom and regulates other conditions with our customized Chinese herbal medicine. Office visits are rare, and we can modify the recipe for traditional herbs if new symptoms emerge, such as those that were successfully performed to treat night sweats and poor sleep. With consistent energy levels and successful symptoms, our patients are free to enjoy life and their families. That’s the purpose … Freedom.