Tips to ease hay fever symptoms naturally
Winter is quickly coming to an end, and on fine days we can start feeling spring is arriving soon. In Chinese Medicine, spring is the season of the Wood element and the Liver organ system. This means a time of rejuvenation and new growth. Unfortunately, for some of us, it also marks the season of hay fever.
Hay fever is a common condition in which the immune system “over reacts” to seasonal changes. Plant pollen and dust irritate the mucus membranes in our respiratory system and cause and allergic reaction. It is important to recognise what triggers your hay fever for better treatment results. Symptoms can include a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, post nasal drip, sinus congestion and headaches. Your doctor may prescribe antihistamines or decongestants to address these symptoms. However, these medications can make you feel drowsy and there are other ways, more natural ways, you can prepare yourself for spring.
Acupuncture treatment is a great way to ease acute hay fever symptoms as well as addressing the root cause of the condition; an overactive immune system. In Chinese medicine we call this your wei qi or antipathogenic qi, basically your immune system. Treatment is a balance between treating acute hayfever signs and boosting your immune system to reduce the factors that cause it to overact to your various triggers.
Acupuncture treatment is a holistic personal treatment, each person has different triggers and reactions. Your acupuncture practitioner will tailor the treatment to your needs and will recommend life style adjustments to reduce your hayfever reactions.
To help reduce hay fever symptoms, we recommend you reduce intake of alcohol and dairy food and increase the intake of easy to digest, warm food such as soups and slow cooked stews. Elderflower Tea may help relieve the symptoms of nasal congestion, sinus inflammation, runny nose, headache and itchy eyes. You may also want to increase your intake of vitamin C to support your body through the change of seasons.
If you regularly suffer from hay fever, schedule an appointment soon, so we can help before symptoms arise. Get in touch with our acupuncture team and we’ll help you spring into spring. For a personalised, natural and safe way to improve your health and ease hay fever give acupuncture a try.