Spring is firmly here with sunshine, showers and lots of gorgeous flowers! Many people dread this time of year though as it heralds the start of hay fever and seasonal allergies.
According to NHS figures, hay fever affects 20% of us at some point during our lives, causing sneezing, itchy streaming eyes, blocked nose, sore throat, headaches, and general fatigue and discomfort.
If you are a frequent sufferer of hay fever and allergies then the best approach is to start your acupuncture treatments before the pollen and grasses appear. This way, we can strengthen immunity and prepare your system so you are better equipped for when the season begins.
It’s never too late for acupuncture though so if you find yourself sneezing and suffering already there is still plenty we can do!
Increase the production of anti-inflammatory chemicals that reduce the irritation and swelling of hay fever and allergies
Influence the area of your brain involved in the itch response, thereby reducing the frustratingly itchy eye, nose and throat symptoms
Support and modulate immune cell function
Enhance microcirculation to reduce swelling
Ear Acupressure & Moxibustion for Hay Fever
Ear acupressure is a gentle, non-invasive treatment approach that has been shown to be as effective as anti-histamine drugs without the side-effects of drowsiness and fatigue, making it a far more practical approach to hay fever management.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture technique that involves burning the herb Mugwort (Artemesia argyi) and using the heat to gently warm and stimulate acupuncture points. This helps the flow of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), strengthens the blood, enhances relaxation and improves overall health. Moxibustion is a key tool in my treatment approach for hay fever and allergies.
Lifestyle Changes for Hay Fever & Allergies
Alongside regular acupuncture treatments I also recommend clients look at their nutrition and lifestyle when dealing with hay fever. Dairy produce can encourage mucous production and make makes mucous thicker and harder to shift; switching to almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk instead and avoiding cheese, cream, ice-cream, butter, milk and yoghurts can make a huge difference to your symptoms.
Nettle tea works has anti-histamine actions: switch to this instead of regular tea and make sure to drink plenty of water over the day too.
Watercress, kiwi fruit, strawberries, lemons, peppers and parsley are packed with vitamin C which supports your immune system in dealing with the pollen so be sure to include these foods regularly.
Do you dread the arrival of summer flowers?
Are you looking for hay fever remedies to relieve from the pain and discomfort of allergies?
Tiziana Bertinotti is one of the UK’s top acupuncturists, with a wealth of positive testimonials – call her today on 07788 633292 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your session!