Acupuncture for Hay Fever
Research on over 400 patients shows that acupuncture can relieve symptoms of hay fever and reduce antihistamine use (1).
It's spring, there is pine tree pollen everywhere, and soon the summer grasses will be seeding too. For some, this means itchy red eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, headaches, groggy tiredness, scratchy throat...
Hay fever is an allergic reaction most commonly triggered by pollen that triggers a release of histamine in the body, creating inflammation. This results in fluid leaking out of capillaries, release of mucus and constriction of airways.
How does acupuncture work to reduce hay fever symptoms?
Research shows that acupuncture modulates/alters the immune response that releases mucus into the airways. This results in less nasal and eye itching and less sneezing (2).
From the Chinese Medicine perspective, we release heat and inflammation from the upper body and head. This is done by using points around the nose, at the wrists and hands, and for post nasal drip/mucus in the throat, a point near the shin may be utilized.
You can receive acupuncture for hay fever in the community clinic!
All acupuncture points used for treatment of hay fever are on the front of the body and below the knees and elbows, meaning you can come and get acupuncture in the super affordable community clinic on Tuesdays between 1-6 pm!
1. Adam, D. et al. (2018). Impact of acupuncture on antihistamine use in patients suffering seasonal allergic rhinitis: secondary analysis of results from a randomized controlled trial. Acupuncture in Medicine Journal. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6029641/
2. Mc Donald, J L. et al. (2016) Effect of acupuncture on house dust mite specific IgE, substance P, and symptoms in persistent allergic rhinitis. ACAAI