Has anyone tried acupuncture for seasonal allergies?

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ByeByeUC
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   Posted 4/13/2014 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Good afternoon all! I'm taking my 12 yr old son to an acupuncturist for his bad seasonal allergies. My nephew did 4 or 5 sessions and swears it worked and now is off all his medications. Just wondering if anyone here has tried it.
Marianne
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Alcie
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   Posted 4/15/2014 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
According to my Chinese acupuncturist, acupuncture works by causing release of endorphins. That won't do anything for allergies.

After 4 or 5 sessions the allergen may be gone from the environment.

I tried it for pain with absolutely no relief, and it seemed the pain got worse. It's expensive and not covered by insurance. For me, the needles hurt - a lot! Personally, I wouldn't do it to a kid.

But maybe it works for some people.

ByeByeUC
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   Posted 4/16/2014 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply. I'm not a big believer in this (I tried it years back for my UC) but my hubby wants to give it a go. He and our son had a session yesterday and another next week. My son said it didn't hurt him at all. All it's going to hurt is my wallet! We shall see.....
Marianne
DX Pancolitis in 2005. Family history of UC.
Tried every drug-even Remicade & Cyclosporine-Tried diets-nothing worked-wanted my life back!
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC and no more drugs!! Very happy j-poucher!! :)

Alcie
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   Posted 4/16/2014 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you will keep on posting, whether it works or not.

I get allergy shots which keep me completely symptom-free year round, and they're covered by insurance. Some people get them weekly, some bi-weekly, some monthly. They don't hurt much either.

ByeByeUC
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   Posted 4/24/2014 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Well so far so good. My son had a second session and knock wood he hasn't had to take any allergy medication. And this time of year is the worst for him. He's allergic to many different trees and grasses and they are busting open right now. Maybe there is something to this and it works for certain things.
Marianne
DX Pancolitis in 2005. Family history of UC.
Tried every drug-even Remicade & Cyclosporine-Tried diets-nothing worked-wanted my life back!
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC and no more drugs!! Very happy j-poucher!! :)

ByeByeUC
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   Posted 5/3/2014 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Well it's been three weeks and two acupuncture sessions and he's still symptom free. I'm quite astonished. This is a kid who every spring just gets hammered with the trees and grasses so this is no coincidence. I wish I had brought him sooner!
Marianne
DX Pancolitis in 2005. Family history of UC.
Tried every drug-even Remicade & Cyclosporine-Tried diets-nothing worked-wanted my life back!
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC and no more drugs!! Very happy j-poucher!! :)
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