Spring Symptoms – Preventing & Treating Hay Fever

Spring is a welcome change for many people. The dispersing of the cold weather, promise of warmer days and a return to outdoor activity can often be overshadowed by the onset of hay fever.

Hay fever, medically known as allergic rhinitis, affects 30% of adults and 40% of children internationally. This disorder can be seasonal (Spring especially) or year round depending on the severity and symptoms can include, red water itchy eyes, nasal congestion/run off and even fatigue.

Many people do their best to ride the wave of hay fever until the season ends however it is possible to prevent hay fever or at the very least, lower the symptoms suffered substantially. This is achieved through the use of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

From a Chinese Medicine perspective, hay fever is a result of a lowered immune system (Wei Qi) being attacked by external pathogens (wind with either heat or cold). This corresponds with the biomedical perspective of wind carrying pollen (and  other allergens) and the immune system having a hyper reactive response to the allergen which causes the symptoms of hay fever.

The two options patients have in regard to hay fever are:

1) Prevention: Chinese medicine philosophy wholeheartedly believes that prevention is better than cure. If a patient is prone to bouts of hay fever then it is recommended that you receive acupuncture to boost your immune system right before the season changes. This is optimal around the last two weeks of Winter and into the first two weeks of Spring. The purpose of this method is to boost the immune system (Wei Qi) so that hay fever does not strike or if it does then it will do so with minimal discomfort.

2) Treatment: If it has not been possible to take the above option then there is also the choice to receive treatment. Chinese medicine is very effective in assisting with the symptoms of hay fever with the most useful combination being the use of both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine; a unified approach with both modalities will see the fastest outcome. This method focuses on removing the pathogen (wind and heat or cold) from the body before boosting the immune system, it is a longer process than the prevention route but still effective.

In summary hay fever is suffered by a large percentage of the world however it is not something that needs to be on going. Through the use of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine one is able to either prevent it or treat it with a high rate of effectiveness allowing suffers to enjoy Spring as they see fit. Make sure your practitioner is fully registered to assist your needs or feel free to contact us if you have any questions or require assistance.

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