Western medicine prescribes antihistamines to prevent your body’s chemical response to all the pollens and other allergens – and for many people antihistamines make it possible to endure this time of year.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the hay fever response is explained by a deficiency of wei qi – an energy flow that protects us from external pathogens.
“If wei qi is blocked then your immunity is compromised. Areas become inflamed, and you produce more mucous and sneezing.”
A person suffering from hay fever typically has energy blockages in the lungs, kidney and spleen. Each of these presents itself slightly differently.
For example, a person with a weak lung qi usually has a history of lung diseases like bronchitis.
Kidney weakness may develop over time, or it may be hereditary and the patient may have a history of allergic starting from early childhood.
Spleen deficiency is usually caused by bad eating habits and lifestyle. Hay fever caused by this can usually be identified because it tends to generate more mucous than other causes.
Once we have identified the cause of your hay fever we may be able to help you deal with the underlying problem and strengthen the energy flow with a clinic treatment as well as Chinese herbs and lifestyle changes.
Conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture
The hay fever item below has reviews with consistent statistically significant positive effects and where authors have recommended the intervention. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality. (updated 28 Nov)
– Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal)
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