The World Health Organisation strongly recommends acupuncture to relieve the symptoms of hay fever. Clinical trials have found it to be more effective than antihistamine drugs although findings are yet to be verified.
“WHO Acupuncture: review and analysis of controlled clinical trials
Acupuncture is often used to help respiratory disorders. In controlled studies, it has been shown that acupuncture is more effective than antihistamine drugs in the treatment of allergic rhinitis (). Acupuncture’s lack of side-effects is a distinct advantage in treating this condition; however, its protective effect against allergen-provoked rhinitis has not been verified ( ).”
Chinese Medicine differs from Western Medicine in that it focuses on why your body is reacting the way it is, not just on getting rid of the symptoms. When seeing a patient suffering from hay fever I would want to know how the symptoms manifest: do you have breathing difficulties; does your nose run; is your throat itchy; do your eyes itch, etc. Your answers to these questions will enable me to diagnose the underlying cause of your hay fever and help alleviate your symptoms. Treatment in the weeks before the hay fever kicks in can help you start to build some resistance.
In Chinese Medicine terms hay fever is generally seen as an attack on the Lung channel. The Lung is the Yin organ (as in Yin and Yang) most open to the elements as it has a direct connection to the outside via the throat. Thus it is the most likely of the Yin organs to suffer invasions from pathogens, which is why coughs and colds are so predominant. There is also likely to be an underlying imbalance in the Kidney and Liver meridians. For a patient with an acute attack of hay fever I would use points on the body to calm the symptoms he or she is presenting with.
The world renowned College of Integrated Chinese Medicine give their view on the treatment of hay fever with acupuncture. You can also read of the success one man had in using acupuncture to relieve his hay fever.
If you would like to discuss how I would be likely to treat your hay fever please call me on 07733274745. For more information please go to www.jackiegrahamacupuncture.com.