Spring is here and whilst some of us are out enjoying the warmth of the sunshine (when it comes out) after a long cold winter, for others the season heralds the arrival of some uncomfortable symptoms. Noses start to itch, give off a watery discharge, or feel blocked up. Then the sneezing begins, not to mention red, sore, watering and itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, tiredness, fever. The culprit to these unpleasant symptoms is pollen, a fine powder released by plants at this time and through the summer, containing proteins which some people have an allergy to causing the nose, throat, eyes and sinuses to become inflamed, irritable and swollen.
Peak times for seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly known as Hay Fever, is May, June and July in the UK and can affect approximately 1 in 5 people at some time in their lives. Sufferers often find their symptoms intruding on every area of their life; sleep, work, and recreational activities (especially anything which involves being outside). For some sufferers of perennial allergic rhinitis, life can be just as uncomfortable in the home, as they may be similarly sensitive to common allergens such as house dust, animal hair or feathers. If this is you, or one of your family, perhaps you have tried a number of different anti-histamine remedies purchased over the counter, or visited your GP and been prescribed a corticosteroid nasal spray or tablets.
Acupuncture can help
However, there are a number of natural remedies for dealing with Hay Fever, without any side effects, in particular, acupuncture is an extremely effective treatment from the uncomfortable symptoms listed above.
Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of traditional medicine which has been used in China and the East for 1000’s of years to promote, restore and maintain good health. In conjunction with needling, moxibustion and ear acupuncture are also indicated for the treatment of Hay Fever with very good results. Click here for the British Acupuncture Councils review of research into allergic rhinitis.
Because acupuncture is a holistic therapy, practitioners take into consideration each individual’s degree of imbalance and tries to bring the body back into equilibrium. Therefore, each patient is given a treatment to suit his or her precise needs, and often this can result in health benefits beyond just relief of hay fever symptoms.
So if you would like to be sneeze and itch free this summer, why not give acupuncture a try? I am offering £10 off initial consultation for anyone coming for treatment specifically for hay fever.