Immunotherapy treatment is based on a century-old concept that the immune system can be desensitized to specific allergens that trigger allergy symptoms. These symptoms may be caused by allergic respiratory conditions such as allergic rhinitis and asthma.
Immunotherapy can potentially lead to lasting remission of allergy symptoms, and it may play a preventive role in terms of development of asthma, nasal polyps and new allergies.
Immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis
Sublingual immunotherapy has emerged as an effective and safer alternative to the subcutaneous route for both seasonal and perennial disease. Sublingual immunotherapy has also been shown to have long-term benefits has the big advantage of self-administration in the patient’s home.
Most patients will require 3-5 years of treatment to ensure good long term remission of allergies
The first results are visible after completing the first year of treatment. The best measure of successful treatment is the reduction in symptoms and the need for nasal sprays and antihistamines.
Coughing is a reflex reaction due to an irritation of the airways. It aims to mechanically remove the irritant from the lungs or the upper respiratory tract, or to inactivate it through mucus production.
When the symptom lasts for more than 8 weeks it becomes a chronic cough, which is more than just an annoyance. It can interrupt your sleep and leave you feeling exhausted. Severe cases of chronic cough can cause vomiting, lightheadedness and even rib fractures.
It can also be caused by medications, bronchitis, or an infection.
Common respiratory problems which acupuncture treats include coughing, breathing difficulties (asthma), chest infections and bronchitis. Acupuncture is very helpful in the treatment of many respiratory conditions:
Auricular acupuncture for Chronic Coughing
What are the Benefits of Acupuncture for Coughing:
Auricular acupuncture can also be applied to treat coughs:
In recent years, auricular acupuncture is one of the most widespread microsystems, it has received international recognition, and is taught in many countries. The World Health Organization recognizes it as a safe, therapeutic system with a wide range of applications, good results and ease of application.
Spring has arrived bringing along renewal and the need to get out and enjoy nature. Spring for some people though, who suffer from allergic rhinitis, is a very difficult season, as it puts them in a constant challenge with the circulating allergens that cause them irritating symptoms.
Allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever, is an allergic reaction that causes sneezing, congestion, itchy nose and sore throat. Pollen, pet dander, mold and insects are the allergens responsible for these symptoms.
These symptoms can occur at any time of the year. Seasonal allergies occur in the spring, summer and early fall when trees and weeds bloom and pollen counts are higher. Perennial allergies can happen year-round. They result from irritants that are always around, such as pet dander, cockroaches and dust mites.
Acupuncture for Allergic Rhinitis
The goal of treatment is to achieve maximum symptomatic relief with as few side effects as possible. The most practical and effective treatment is based on avoiding allergens and alleviating symptoms with drugs, such as corticosteroids, decongestants, antihistamines etc.
Acupuncture: allergic rhinitis can be treated with acupuncture as it can relieve symptoms, starting from the first session. This holistic therapy can also increase the intervals between flare-ups.
If there is a seasonal distribution of the disease, it is advisable to repeat the treatment protocol before the onset of symptoms, but with fewer acupuncture sessions.
This ancient method strengthens the body’s immune system as a whole, thus helping it to react better to allergenic stimuli.
Allergic rhinitis is a disease that affects many people around the world and 10% in our country. The pathology is multifaceted, thus treating allergic rhinitis has many components.
Treating Allergic Rhinitis
Seasonal allergic rhinitis is a common condition caused by allergies to various allergens. These allergens can be pollen suspended from trees, flowers, grasses or even weeds. Allergens can also be fungal spores. Pollen and spores are abundant in the air at certain times of the year, especially in spring.
The main treatments used to treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis in our specialized center EYiasis are avoidance of allergens, pharmacotherapy, acupuncture, therapeutic intranasal EY-LLLT and alternative therapies such as gemmotherapy and medical essential oils.
In addition, specific immunotherapy is the only treatment, which not only relieves patients’ symptoms, but also neutralizes their causative agents in our body. Immunotherapy is applied after the identification of the allergen, to desensitize the patient.
LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) acupuncture is the application of acupuncture using the special device EY-LLLT at EYiasis ENT centre. This method may treat Rhinitis, Nasal blockage and a runny nose.
It is a completely painless treatment, without side effects and suitable for children.
Acupuncture with EY-LLLT is a new method for a completely painless treatment. Fiber optics create an equivalent needle that allows, the excitation of up to 10 acupoints, in the sense of traditional acupuncture.
EY-LLLT for Rhinitis and Nasal Blockage
Acupuncture with EY-LLLT emits specific light which directly affects specific receptors in the cell and stimulates the so-called cellular metabolism. This causes reduction of inflammation and swelling of the nasal chambers in conditions such as allergic rhinitis, vasomotor rhinitis or other forms of nasal congestion and runny nose.
Acupuncture with EY-LLLT can be used as a single method or in combination with Medical acupuncture to further enhance the therapeutic effect. The treatment is supplemented with intranasal EY-LLLT for the local regulation of the nasal mucosa.
Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) with or without nasal polyps is a common inflammatory disease of the nose and paranasal sinuses that has a significant impact on patients’ quality of life. Nasal blockage, facial pain, headaches, nasal discharge and loss of smell are the main symptoms that trouble these patients.
Treating CRS and its symptoms can sometimes be disappointing and tiresome, so many patients search for alternative medical approaches to relieve their symptoms. EYiasis medical centre provides effective results with a combination of holistic treatments in order to manage chronic rhinosinusitis and the bothersome symptoms.
Acupuncture is an ancient and very effective treatment for ailments of the nasal passages and sinuses. Immediate relief occurs, after a few acupuncture sessions, such as reduction of nasal congestion and pain relief or pressure in the sinuses. Acupuncture has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects on the body, helping to reduce the inflammation in the sinus cavities and decrease pain levels. Acupuncture also naturally helps with the movement of fluids inside the body, and can assist in the breakdown of congested mucous (1).
EY-LLLT treatment for Nasal Polyps
Adjuvant Low level laser therapy (EY-LLLT) is also implemented in the holistic therapeutic protocol, as EY-LLLT has important therapeutic effects such as biostimulation, anti-inflammatory, anti bacterial and analgetic effecst. Applying EY-LLLT decreases and eventually eliminates nasal inflammation and nasal congestion (2,3,4). Review studies have shown that anti inflammatory effects of low-level lasers are the same as anti inflammatory effects of non-steroidal ant-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs (2). In cases of blockage due to nasal polyps in EY-LLLT causes shrinkage and disappearance of polyps thus improving nasal breathing.
Psychological symptoms also improve significantly as does sense of taste, smell and nasal congestion.
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Acupuncture treats Asthma
Acupuncture for Asthma, in collaboration with a patient’s physician, can be supplemented with other treatments, either conventional or alternative.
Auricular acupuncture can also be applied. In recent years, acupuncture is one of the most widespread therapeutic methods, has received international recognition and is taught in many countries worldwide. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as a therapeutic method with a wide range of applications, including asthma and bronchial diseases, which encompasses good results, safety and ease of application.
The main management strategy for allergic rhinitis is avoiding the allergens that cause the symptoms, medicinal therapy, acupuncture, therapeutic intranasal EY-LLLT, and alternative therapies such as aromatherapy with medical essential oils.
Management of Allergic Rhinitis
In addition, specific immunotherapy is the only treatment that not only relieves the patients’ symptoms but also eliminates their cause.
Immunotherapy is applied after the identification of the allergen, to desensitize the patient, thus alleviating the patient’s symptoms.
A thorough clinical examination is carried out by an otorhinolaryngologist for the diagnostic evaluation of allergic rhinitis. Rhinoscopy, and if necessary, nasal endoscopy will be performed. Often, a chronic rhinitis is easily characterized as being allergic without having performed the necessary examinations, resulting in the mis-diagnosis of the rhinitis and therefore, not managed appropriately.
Skin Prick Tests are the appropriate skin tests that will be performed by the specialized ENT surgeon at EYiasis medical centre, in order to identify the allergens that cause the allergy.
We must not forget that rhinitis can be the expression of a systemic problem. In other words, allergic rhinitis is the most common chronic rhinitis but not the only one. Blood tests show sensitization to allergens, but they do not replace skin prick tests, but they support their diagnosis.
When the mucus runs down the back of the nose to the throat, it’s called the post-nasal drip. Every day, glands in the linings of the nose, throat and airways produce mucus. Mucus is a thick, wet substance that moistens these areas and helps trap and destroy foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses before they cause infection.
Normally, the mucus from the nose goes unnoticed because it mixes with saliva, drips harmlessly down the back of the throat, and it is swallowed. When the body produces more mucus than usual or it’s thicker than normal, it becomes more noticeable.
Thick mucus is stickier and more likely to cause symptoms.
Keeping it thin helps prevent blockages in the ears and sinuses. A simple way to thin it out is to drink more water.