Hay fever

August 19th, 2015 /

About Hay fever

Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to an air borne substance such as: pollens, which causes inflammation of the nasal mucus membrane. Symptoms can include running nose, congestion, sneezing, reddened itchy eyes, conjunctivitis and sore throat. If the lining of the bronchial tubes of the lungs is irritated, there may be wheezing and occasionally asthma may develop.


Sufferers are usually allergic to one to two kinds of pollen, which land in the nasal passages triggering a reaction that causes the nasal membrane to swell and excess mucus to be produced. It can also be provoked by allergies to dust or dust mites, fur from cats, dogs or any other animal, feathers, spores, moulds, plants and chemicals.


For hay fever sufferers, all these substances can act as allergens, causing the body to produce antibodies which release a chemical substance, histamine that in turn causes the allergic reaction. There is some suggestion that hay fever may be an autoimmune reaction. It may be linked to asthma and it can be hereditary. Allergies tend to run in families and those who suffer are likely to have children who are affected by hay fever.


Acupuncture is a holistic approach to medicine, where the aim of the treatment is not only to cure health problems but to balance the body, which has the effect of strengthening the immune system and preventing other illness form getting a foothold.


Much of the acupuncture consultation will be dedicated to a detailed system of TCM diagnosis (Traditional Chinese Medicine).


Successful acupuncture treatment depends on an accurate TCM diagnosis, so the initial consultation begins with typical questions such as: Your complete medical history, the symptoms you are experiencing, any pain you have had or are suffering from and what makes it feel better or worse, your sleep patterns, whether you experience any sensations of hot or cold, and whether you experience dizziness, what you’re eating habits are, bowel movements and family health history.



During the consultation the acupuncturist will also note certain observations, such as: posture, facial colour, facial expression, the brightness of your eyes or lack of, for example: a white face is linked to disharmony within the body or cold deficiency syndromes, a yellow complexion is related to dampness and a red complexion is a sign of excess heat syndrome.



The tongue is looked at and the pulse is taken and again this is done according to TCM principles. The colour, shape and coating of the tongue can reveal many patterns of illness and the pulse can give an indication of how individual organs are working in the body and whether they are underactive or overactive and whether your body is in a state of excess or deficiency.


Once the initial consultation is complete a TCM diagnosis is formed and from this diagnosis acupuncture point selection is then possible.

The length of treatment will depend on several factors, such as: the type of illness you have and its duration i.e. chronic or acute, your age, your individual healing abilities, how well you respond to acupuncture and whether you can avoid the conditions/cause of your presenting health issue. However many people can feel a difference in their health with only one or two appointments, but in general you should see some improvements after 3-4 treatments.



Because everyone is an individual, response times to acupuncture can vary, for example. After your first acupuncture appointment you may feel no improvement in your presenting complaint, however many people feel sleepy, revitalized, or sometimes a little spaced out after treatment. You can also feel an immediate improvement after acupuncture; alternatively you can feel a little worse, before you start to feel better. Acupuncture can bring emotional, mental and physical problems to the surface, however this is a positive sign so don’t worry about it. As with any treatment, complete recovery takes time and patience. For more information on what to expect from acupuncture treatment please refer to our FAQ page.


A case of hay fever

Than S. Age 35. Presented to the clinic with hay fever, every year at the start of the season he would suffer morning, noon and night, with symptoms such as congestion, red itchy eyes, sneezing and occasional sore throat. Than, had suffered with this condition for many years, when a friend recommended he try acupuncture. Thane’s first appointment consisted of filling out a detailed consultation form and answering a few basic questions about his symptoms, after this his acupuncture treatment began. Than’s treatment consisted of a forty minute acupuncture session 3 times in the first week, twice in the second week and then weekly for a further 3 weeks, plus 2 supplements to compliment his treatment. Than experienced 40% relief after his first treatment and by the 3rd appointment he was symptom free for the rest of the year. Than now comes to the clinic for acupuncture treatment at the start of every season to remain symptom free.



A case of hay fever

Susan J Age 59. Presented to the clinic with a case of severe hay fever, Susan lives on a farm in the south west and her house is filled with cats and dogs, the land is full of trees and flowers, there are also a few farm animals, Susan has suffered from hay fever for over 15 years and it had gotten to the point where it was unbearable. Susan made an acupuncture appointment to see if her hay fever could be relieved by drug free treatments, after filling out the standard consultation form Suzan’s treatment began which consisted of a total of 10 treatments over a 6 week period and from this Susan gained a 90% relief of her allergy symptoms, however as Susan lives on a farm with many pets and other farm animals her hay fever returned after 3 months. Susan made another appointment for acupuncture treatment and again was symptom free for 4 months.



In Susan’s case her symptom relief held for only 3-4 months, this is because she has developed an allergic reaction to animal fur and hair, which is constantly around her all year long.


Susan now makes a series of acupuncture appointments every four months and experiences a 70% relief in her allergy symptoms, which according to Susan is a god send.



Regardless of your medically diagnosed condition natural medicine has something to offer.

If you would like to find out if acupuncture can help your health and wellbeing then call, 94781415 or email us via our contact page to discuss your requirements or to find out more about acupuncture please go to our FAQs page. Alternatively give acupuncture a try and make an appointment now.

 Best of health.

Best of Health

Paul Neilson CMP. L.Ac. ND. DHM.




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