Acupuncture for Allergies

acupuncture for allergiesAs Spring Time approaches, allergies such as Hay fever will begin to plague many causing people intense discomfort and pain. For some nasal inflammation and irritations in the eyes are as far as the discomfit will go, but many people find their whole nervous system come under attack leaving them feeling completely debilitated. Generally people will turn to over the counter medication to subside their symptoms but at the cost of feeling fatigued and dull. This is why more and more people are turning to acupuncture as a safe alternative to western medicine.

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific pressure points in order to unblock and restore balance within the body. In terms of treating allergies, acupuncturist generally look to treat the person as a whole and look for more deep rooted problems which can be causing the allergy. Patients who demonstrate signs of persistent and chronic allergies usually have Kidney, Lung or Spleen deficiency. Because of this, acupuncturists aim to develop a plan which with help treat the patients symptoms and provide them with relief whist also treating the underlying issues which are causing imbalances in the immune system. Dietary changes may also be recommended by the acupuncturist as part of the treatment in order to achieve the best results.

Studies into acupuncture are continuously being carried out and recently a randomized trial was carried out in Berlin on individuals suffering with allergic rhinitis. 981 individuals suffering with allergies were used and 487 of those were given acupuncture treatments. Over a period of three months the 487 individuals were given 15 acupuncture treatments. After this time both the acupuncture group and the control group were given a quality of life questionnaire and the results showed that the acupuncture group’s quality of life scoring was three times higher than the control group. This led to the conclusion that regularly treating allergies with acupuncture results in clinically relevant benefits.


At Acupuncture That Works we are happy to help if you are suffering from allergies such as hay fever and will be glad to offer you a thorough assessment and talk to you about how acupuncture can help. Call us on 0800 051 76 88 to use our contact form to make an appointment.

How can Acupuncture help my Skin?

Acupuncture for the SkinWe are all forever searching for the perfect skin care treatment or regime to look as flawless as celebrities. However, recently even celebrities have given up on the search for any miracle cream and are now looking to cosmetic acupuncture. Stars such as Madonna, Cher and Gwyneth Paltrow have all given acupuncture a try in an attempt to remove wrinkles and turn back the clock.

Acupuncture treatments have been used by physicians in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 5000 years and as a form of dermatological care it is able to fix a range of skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. The treatment works by allowing the skin to naturally lift itself through the stimulation of acupuncture points in the face. Facial acupuncture allows the skin to naturally tone and tighten itself as the needles effectively wake up your facial muscles. The muscles that have over time become loose and sagged are stimulated and the muscles that are too tight, causing the skin to stretch itself are allowed to relax. The needles that are used on the face are much finer than those used in traditional acupuncture treatments and cause practically no pain at all.

Typically patients will start to notice a difference in their skin within a couple of sessions. It usually takes around 10 to 15 acupuncture treatments which last between one to one and a half hours depending on what skin treatment they are looking to have. Those who have skin which tends to sag may require more treatments up to around 20. Typically these rejuvenation treatments leave patients looking from anywhere between five to fifteen years younger.

Other Facial rejuvenation treatments such as botox can often leave scarring if not done correctly but with acupuncture there is no risk of this happening. The treatments are easily done, relatively quick and if correctly maintaining alongside healthy lifestyle choices the effects can last for years at a time.

To find out more about how Acupuncture can benefit your skin please call us now on 0800 051 76 88.

JL – Northwich

I first met Catherine Peake in June 2015, when I was referred for acupuncture by my Pain Consultant, for help with severe pain and lack movement in my right arm, due to a tumour and the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  From the very first session I had a reduction in pain and slight increase in movement.  This continued over the 6 prescribed sessions, and once they had finished, I decided to see Catherine in a private capacity.  I now have weekly sessions of Acupuncture, Reiki and Chinese massage.  This has resulted in a huge improvement in movement and dexterity in my right arm and hand, and I no longer take pain killers –  which at one time included oral morphine.

Catherine is a great listener, thoughtful and kind.  She is an expert practitioner, and has made suggestions throughout my treatment, tailored exactly to my needs.  My sessions are an important part of my life, and have enhanced it greatly.  I thoroughly recommend treatment from Catherine, and cannot thank her enough.

Please note that all testimonials on this site have been written by the patients themselves.  All views expressed within them are solely those of the individuals concerned.  Any mention of success with their treatment applies only to their specific experience and is in no way a guarantee of efficacy in the treatment of other patients.  Whilst we will attempt to help any and all patients who attend our clinic we cannot guarantee the same outcome as those reported here.

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Acupuncture Awareness Week – could you benefit from Acupuncture?

To celebrate the start of Acupuncture Awareness week (7th – 13th March 2016) we wanted to share a video featuring Rebecca Adlington who is an advocate of traditional acupuncture.

Rebecca uses acupuncture to relieve the pain in her shoulder which is a result of years of swimming. Like many others, Rebecca suffers with the pain this causes, but has found that she doesn’t need to and by using acupuncture she feels a marked difference.

More and more of us are taking up regular exercise and this combined with the natural aging process can often leave us struggling with niggling pains. Why persist with this when you don’t need to?

If you are affected with pain anywhere in your body and would like to find out if acupuncture could help you then why not call us today on 0800 051 76 88 and ask one of the Acupuncture That Works team for advice.