hay feverDo you suffer from hay fever and are you sick of taking anti histamines which may cause; urinary retention, dizziness, dry mouth, and make you feel drowsy, or nasal sprays which have been shown to actually increase sensitivity to allergens, and to cause nose bleeds with long term use.

Are you looking for a safe and effective alternative to drugs?

Then acupuncture is the answer!

What is hay fever?

Hay fever was so named many years ago by a British doctor who noticed that his allergy symptoms were always worse during the hay harvesting season!  Hay fever or allergic rhinitis affects around 16% of the population in Australia, and is caused by normally harmless and naturally occurring substances which trigger an allergic response in your body. These substances are called allergens and lead to the various symptoms of the condition.

Symptoms may include:

  • itchy throat
  • itchy eyes and nose
  • watery nasal discharge
  • post nasal drip
  • decreased sense of taste and smell
  • coughing
  • Headaches in some patients

There are 2 types of hay fever;

  • Seasonal hay fever

if it is worse during spring its more than likely you are allergic to tree pollens, if it more often in the summer it’s probably due to grass and weed pollens.

  • Perennial hay fever

the symptoms can occur all year round. This type of hay fever is related to indoor allergens, for example dust mites, cockroach droppings, or animal dander (flaky skin).

Acupuncture definitely works in the treatment of Hayfever!

Over recent years there have been a number of high quality clinical trials looking into the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with impressive results.

One trial carried out at RMIT in Melbourne showed a pronounced reduction in the symptoms of hay fever and a reduced need for conventional medication. The clinical trial was reported in The Medical Journal of Australia looking at persistent allergic rhinitis (PAR) concluding that “acupuncture is effective in the symptomatic treatment of PAR

Other clinical trials have indicated that the effects of acupuncture may be long lasting. Research recently published in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy indicated that acupuncture significantly lowered IgE levels an antibody associated with allergies and hypersensitivities. Researchers concluded that “This result showed strong and consistent evidence that acupuncture treatment leads to favourable responses in immunological outcomes”.

If you have not previously considered acupuncture treatment because you thought it may not work for you, please reconsider! The evidence speaks for itself! I hope this information has been helpful to you to make a more informed decision to try acupuncture for your hay fever issues.

Hayfever relief and treatment

For seasonal hayfever I would suggest a course of treatment about a month before the hayfever season begins, as a preventative measure. For perennial hayfever I would suggest you start treatment as soon as you possibly can!

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If you would like to read more about the trail in Medical Journal of Australia. Click here