It's that time of year again. The sun is making an appearance, the air smells sweeter, flowers are blooming and we feel so much better. Right? Well not all of us! Statistics say that 1 in 5 Australians suffer from Allergic Rhinitis (also known as Hay fever). We spend over $225 million per year on medications to to treat allergies (including Hay Fever).
Essentially, Hay Fever is an allergic inflammatory condition causing:
* itchy and watery eyes
* runny and blocked nose
I know these symptoms well as I'm one of those sufferers. The sneezing and constant nose blowing is so frustrating and the fatigue is debilitating at times.
What is the standard medical approach to treat Hay Fever?:
* Oral anti-histamines (eg. Zyrtec or Claratyne)
For some people these work well but others have tried many different types with little benefit. Thankfully there are alternatives.
There is strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture in the symptomatic relief of allergic rhinitis (see references below).
Benefits of acupuncture treatment for Hay Fever:
* less sneezing, sniffing and itchy eyes
* it opens the nasal passages
* breathe easier and sleep better
* increased energy
So what is the Acupuncture doing?
Essentially Acupuncture produces an anti-inflammatory effect which is great since Hay Fever is an inflammatory condition.
You may want to try an natural supplement to assist with Hay Fever relief. We tend to use Chinese herbs for this and may even recommend a diet modification. The beauty of Chinese Medicine is that it views the body as a 'whole' and that everyone is different therefore the treatment with acupuncture, diet and herbs will be different from person to person in order to treat the individual 'imbalance'.
Give us a call and we can discuss the best way to manage your allergy issues.
In summary, if you're looking for an alternative for Hay Fever symptoms then give acupuncture a try. It has strong scientific evidence that it works. It feels great and is a valid alternative to pharmaceutical medicines.
Call us on (08) 7130 0093 or book online
1. Taw MB, Reddy WD, Omole FS, Seidman MD. Acupuncture and allergic rhinitis. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Jun;23(3):216-20
2. Feng S, Han M, Fan Y, Yang G, Liao Z, Liao W, et al. Acupuncture for the treatment of allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2015 Jan-Feb;29(1):57-62.
3. Seidman MD, Gurgel RK, Lin SY, Schwartz SR, Baroody FM, Bonner JR, et al. Clinical practice guideline: Allergic rhinitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Feb;152(1 Suppl):S1-43.
4. Charlie Changli Xue, Anthony Lin Zhang, Claire Shuiqing Zhang, Cliff DaCosta, David F. Story, Frank C. Thien. Acupuncture for seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomised controlled trial. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol; available online 11 June 2015.