Using Chinese medicine to treat allergies became an important part of our practice soon after we started to practice in the Richmond area. This is because allergies here are as bad or worse than any other part of the country. Allergies can be thought of as an overreaction of our immune system to allergens in our environment. In Chinese medical theory this overreaction corresponds to an imbalance in the energies of the body. An acupuncture treatment, by definition, works to correct these imbalances. Our patients usually see a positive change after just a couple of treatments for allergies. We also have some very effective Chinese herbal formulas that safely treat any remaining symptoms, while the acupuncture treats the underlying cause. One advantage to treating your allergies with Chinese medicine is that there are no side effects. Most antihistamines and prescription medications as well as over the counter ones have side effects ranging from increase in appetite to drowsiness and excessive dryness. Call our allergy expert at (804) 754-5108 for any more questions or to set up a consultation or appointment.