Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Hay Fever
- Written by Louise Stevens
When the sun begins to shine, the flowers and leaves begin to open, it signifies the start of Spring and unfortunately the #HayFever season for some!
Hay Fever symptoms are caused by an allergic reaction to pollen, which is seen by the body's immune system as foreign, causing an inflammatory reaction. Some people who are allergic to house dust mites or animal hair are said to have perennial allergic rhinitis, with symptoms all year round.
Chinese medicine has much to offer in the treatment of hay fever, as in the treatment of eczema and asthma. All these conditions are the result of an over-activity of the immune system, and one of the great strengths of Chinese medicine is in the regulation of the immune system.
Herbs and acupuncture points are chosen to tackle the inflammation and irritation, and also to regulate the underlying imbalance in the immune system. Although changes can occur fairly quickly, you may need to continue for a few months in order to get the full benefit. It is a good idea to start the treatment before the hay fever season in order to fully benefit.