The sneezing, sniffling and congestion continues in Tulsa. September is peak season for ragweed in Tulsa, not to mention the other allergens in the area.
Some Tulsans are opting for non traditional methods to clear their sinuses this allergy season.
"This morning I woke up with severe sinus pressure,” said Helen Bryce of Tulsa.
Helen said she suffers from seasonal allergies as well as pollen, ragweed, dust, smoke and pet dander. Sensitive to allergy medication,Helen said that she finds relief from her symptoms through acupuncture.
"Almost immediately, by the time I leave the appointment I’m already getting some relief,” said Bryce.
Bryce turns to MuQi Quintanilla, an acupuncturist at BodyBalance Techniques, to help alleviate her allergy symptoms.
MuQi said that he has noticed an increase in clients calling for relief this season. He said many complain of headaches, pressure in the sinus cavity, watery or itchy eyes, drainage and sneezing.
“This year it’s been pretty tough,” said Quintanilla, “People are coming in with really aggravated systems.”
Quintanilla said that he evaluates patients based on their symptoms. He uses an ancient Chinese pulse exam to determine where to administer the needles to treat the symptoms.
For allergies, MuQi said that the pulse points are typically located on the hands, wrist, and tops of feet or ankles.
Quintanilla says that just like symptoms vary from person, so does the treatment time. Most sessions last between fifteen and forty-five minutes.
Bryce said she can go weeks between treatments and it doesn’t hurt.
“Sometimes I don’t even feel them,” said Bryce.
Just like a medication there can be side effects to acupuncture. Sometimes bruising, light bleeding or soreness can occur where a needle is inserted.
Allergy treatment is a personal decision, but Bryce said she has found what works best for her.
“It’s convenient, it’s easy it’s pretty much painless and I think its affordable or more affordable then some other options,” said Bryce.
MuQi said that he hopes acupuncture can help his clients find some relief this allergy season.
"My goal is always to alleviate 50 percent of the symptoms here in the studio,” said MuQi.
FOX23 meteorologists say that ragweed counts are the highest mid September but should dissipate as the fall progresses.