Itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose…tell tale signs of hay fever. Whilst antihistamines may provide some relief, it may be worthwhile addressing some of the underlying causes in the long run.

Hayfever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis as it’s known, is an allergic reaction that primarily affects the nasal passages that may occur in particular seasons or all year round. Pollens from trees and flowers can stir up hay fever symptoms, however, not everyone gets hay fever and so we may need to look a little deeper to ascertain the causes and thus perhaps prevent severity or frequency of occurrence.

What are the common symptoms and how is this condition similar to asthma? The main symptoms experienced include; nasal discharge of a watery consistency, itching of the nose often leading to sneezing and itching and or burning of the eyes with involuntary tearing. Rhinitis shares a similar immune reaction to allergens as asthma which when stirred cause the body to increase levels of serum IgE – otherwise known as the allergy antibody.

What does Chinese medicine and acupuncture theory tell us about hayfever?

Meridian are circuits in the body that connect internal organs to lines of influence on the outside of the body which contain specific points which can be manipulated with sterile fine acupuncture needles to relieve pain and symptoms of discomfort along its internal and external pathways.

Some of the more common causes of hayfever according to Chinese medicine and acupuncture theory involve weakness in the body’s superficial immunity (known as ‘wei qi’, defensive energy) or irregularities in the functioning of the liver and it’s channel. At chronic stages, weakness of the Kidney and Lung organ meridian system begin to show.

Defensive energy (Wei Qi), superficial immunity weakness

When the defensive energy is weak, the body is unable to adjust to sudden environmental changes whether they be from temperature changes or via pollutants. As a result, the body reacts with various symptoms such as sneezing and clear watery nose discharge.

Liver imbalance – with liver imbalance, symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, it’s throat can accompany sneezing and watery eyes. Emotional symptoms such as general irritability may also accompany hay fever symptoms.

Kidney and Lung organ meridian system imbalance – This phase represent a chronic pattern whereby asthma or asthma like conditions may coexist with hay fever. The bodies ability to deal with the up surging inflammatory allergic response may be so compromised that the central airways may also suffer from compromise in the form of wheezing, restriction etc

How does acupuncture and Chinese medicine help to treat hay fever ?

At Authentic Acupuncture clinic in Balmain, located in Sydney’s Inner West, hay fever is commonly treated condition that responds well to therapy. In the short term, relief can be achieved often during the treatment. In the medium to long term, a series of treatments often work best to treat the aforementioned common causes. By treating the root causes of the allergic reactions according to Chinese medicine, we can help to prevent symptoms rising altogether.

During the acupuncture treatment, small fine disposable sterile needles are used which may help to calm the bodies allergic response, enhance the immune system and regulate the organ meridian systems of the liver, lung and kidney. Chinese herbal medicines which are individually tailored may further assist to prevent hay fever from returning.

If you are suffering from allergies such as hay fever, consider Authentic Acupuncture in Balmain. Contact (02) 9188 1560 or visit the home page to submit an inquiry. We look forward to helping you on your healing journey!

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