If you have nasal swelling and congestion but you do not feel that a cold or allergies are the culprit, your body may simply be reacting to the environment or climate around you. Doctors call the condition non-allergic rhinitis or vasomotor rhinitis and it can make your life miserable because over-the-counter or even prescription medications do not always help. If you are experiencing this problem, introducing electronic acupuncture into your treatment plan can help alleviate the inflammation.
Common factors in Non-Allergic Rhinitis
When the blood vessels in your nose dilate, this causes swelling in your nasal membranes and makes breathing through your nose difficult. There are a few things that can trigger your body to react this way. For instance, chemical odors like fumes from paint, new carpeting or even rubber can cause nasal swelling. Humidity changes and even temperature fluctuations can also cause non-allergic rhinitis.
Spicy foods and alcoholic drinks can set off inflammation as can physical or emotional stress. Over-the-counter remedies such as ibuprofen and aspirin are potent culprits as are prescription medications like oral contraceptive, sedatives, anti-depressants and high blood pressure drugs. Even hormonal changes from pregnancy or menstruation can contribute to nasal swelling.
How Electronic Acupuncture Can Make a Difference
Sometimes, medical methods do not always provide a solution for your vasomotor rhinitis so accepted alternative treatments like acupuncture can help. Electronic acupuncture in particular is a plus because you can self-treat on your schedule rather than a waiting for an appointment with traditional Chinese acupuncturist.
Stainless steel needles are inserted at various acupoints along your body to restore qi (your life's energy) in traditional acupuncture. However, with the electronic form, a handheld device emitting electromagnetic wave impulses through a wand into acupoints along the hand and palm is used. The ancient Chinese believed that when qi is disrupted, a physical manifestation (like nasal swelling) occurs. The goal is to release the blockage of qi to restore proper flow.
Because your lungs have a direct tie to your nasal function, it is this area on the hand that must be treated. An intricate hand map is typically included with the electronic acupuncture device you purchase so that you can accurately pinpoint the correct area in which to direct the electromagnetic waves. There is also a secondary area that relates directly to the nose which also should be stimulated.
You can greatly improve your quality of life by using an electronic acupuncture device. Some people will find relief from their non-allergic rhinitis in one treatment session. Realistically though, it may require several sessions to alleviate nasal swelling. Consider this non-invasive, easy treatment option so you can soon breathe easier.