Pollen is in the air, fertilization has begun, from March into early May trees begin to release their pollen, followed by grasses which pollinate from May to August and then shrubs that pollinate in the late summer. It can be a lengthy miserable 8 months for those who suffer with a variety of symptoms such as
- runny or congested nose
- red, itchy, puffy or watery eyes
- itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
- loss or reduced sense of smell
- facial pain
Hay Fever from a Chinese Medicine Perspective
There are many underlying factors which lead to hay fever. A diagnosis is based on the individual symptoms presented by the patient which are either hot (yang) or cold (yin) in nature. For example hay fever relating to heat would present symptoms such as red, inflamed itchy and or dry eyes, conversely a person with cold type would have clear nasal discharge, a nasal type voice, and feel chilled. The underlying cause of the patients condition is also accessed, Chinese medicine works to treat the fundamental cause of an illness rather than just treating and alleviating the symptoms.
Illness occurs when a persons Qi (life energy) has become depleted and or is out of balance, a course of treatments would strengthen and balance the qi, restoring health. The Lungs in Chinese medicine are related to Wei qi, this wei qi acts as a defensive qi, protecting the body from external pathogens, acupuncture strengthens this wei qi (defensive qi). In Chinese medicine the root cause of an immune system dysfunction is either due to the deficiency of Kidney qi, Spleen qi or Lung qi, treating these underlying deficiencies during the remission stage is very important, it is only until the root cause is treated that the patient will no longer have the illness.
Acupuncture has successfully treated a number of people with allergies such as hay fever. WHO (world health organisation) strongly recommends acupuncture for hay fever, and clinical research trials have proven that the effects of acupuncture is far superior than that of conventional anti-histamine drugs for treatment of hay fever.
What to expect
Following an acupuncture treatment, patients usually feel instantaneous relief from symptoms, the body begins to re-adjust over three days post treatment, and begins to re-balance. Acupuncture can relieve symptoms, however, treating the root cause of an illness will take more than one treatment, a long term plan of treatments is advisable for lasting results, with no side effects. As the person becomes more balanced, an improvement in many aspects of their health is felt.