Seasonal ‘tune-up’ and hay fever prevention.
We are now in the transition from winter to spring and it’s the perfect time to come out of hibernation and wake up the mind and body! So, put a spring in your step and a smile on your face with a ‘seasonal tune-up’. Traditionally this has been used for thousands of years for those who receive acupuncture to maintain health. For those who suffer from hay fever, this is the ideal time to commence treatment to help prevent the onset of any symptoms.
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is the common term used for seasonal allergic rhinitis and it is an allergic reaction to pollen. This usually commences with the onset of spring and can continue right through to the summer and autumn. In contrast, perennial allergic rhinitis is when suffers get symptoms all the year round. This is generally due to dust, house mites, animal dander and fungal spores.
What are the symptoms of hay fever?
Sneezing, runny nose and itchy red eyes. You may also have a cough and sinus congestion. Approximately 20% of people who get hay fever also have asthma and eczema.
Why is it happening?
It is due to an antigen-antibody reaction to pollen particles in the lining of the nose. The immune system reacts to the inhaled substance as though it was harmful (even though it isn’t) and the cells in the lining of your nose, eyes and mouth release histamine, which then triggers the distressing hay fever symptoms. With each exposure to the pollen(s) the immune system reacts, therefore resulting in an over reactivity of the immune system.
What to do.
Conventional medicine treatment is generally to use antihistamine medication. These work by preventing histamine from reaching its site of action. Antihistamines will help to relieve some of the symptoms, but does not treat any of the underlying or root causes of the problem. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is viewed in more depth and primarily looks at addressing the root cause and not just the symptoms. The condition of the lungs and kidney are assessed as it may be due to a deficiency in these, which the individual may be predisposed to. As such, it is important to start treatment for hay fever symptoms a couple of months before the pollen season starts. Ideally commencement of treatment in February/March helps to redress and balance the immune system and prevents the onset of symptoms.
A few brief acupuncture sessions close together from February/March followed by periodic treatments (monthly) throughout the pollen season will help to provide a season free from the distressing hay fever symptoms.
What can you do to help yourself?
- Apple cider vinegar – Take 3 times a day if experiencing symptoms, take once daily if experiencing no symptoms.
- Turmeric – Take half a teaspoon 3 times a day in hot water or warm milk. You can add honey to taste.
- Locally sourced honey – This can be taken as pleasant drink mixed with hot water and fresh lemon juice.
- Try and replace as much of your regular sugar intake with locally sourced honey.
- Vitamin C, flavonoids – These act as antihistamines, this helps reduce nasal secretions. They can be found in foods such as berries, broccoli, citrus fruits and peppers.
- Nettle – In the form of tea or capsules.
- Liquorice – Helps fortify the body’s cortisol, thereby decreasing inflammation.
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-Source: Earth Clinic Global Remedy Network
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