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Do you suffer from Hay Fever? Traditional Chinese acupuncture is the best alternative treatment for Hay Fever and has been proved to be successful therapy in comparison to that by Western Conventional Medicine.

By Dr Tukmachi Clinical Director of Acumedica Clinics

General consideration:
It has been reported that more than 18 million people are suffering from Hay Fever in the UK which is mainly developed in later life The clinical research round the globe indicated that number of Hay Fever sufferers has increase to two fold over the past 20 years. The researchers believed that the Hay Fever is cause by allergic reaction to pollen due to pollution or the “hygiene theories”. Recent clinical trial on the effect of acupuncture on allergies was published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
The researchers tried acupuncture on 422 people with allergies to grass and pollen and randomly assigned them to one of three groups. One group received 12 acupuncture treatments over eight weeks. Another was given sham acupuncture treatments equivalent to placebo, and a third group received no treatment. Each group had access to an antihistamine “rescue medication”. Eight weeks later, the patients in the acupuncture group had greater improvements in symptoms, compared with subjects in the other two groups, and they used the antihistamine less frequently. They concluded that acupuncture can help with symptoms of all types of allergies for both short and long terms.
The main common signs and symptoms of Hay Fever are: sneezing, stuffy and runny nose, itchy throat and eyes (with redness) and sleep disturbances. Hay fever may be confused with common cold or flu. In some cases of allergic rhinitis, the patient may have or develop other allergic condition of Asthma. Acupuncture has been known for hundred years to be an effective treatment for all seasonal allergies including hay fever and allergic rhinitis. According to the Chinese medicine theories, acupuncture works for preventive medicine rather than for curative medicine to prevent recurrence of allergic reactions and to clear the signs and symptoms of Hay Fever.

Whatis Hay fever and how does he acupuncture help?

Hay fever is normally known as seasonal allergies, because it is resulted from allergic reaction to certain types of allergens such as Pollens. Accordingly, allergic reaction to pollens means that patients are usually sensitive to dust mites, animal dander, and moulds. Millions of British peoples suffer from chronic seasonal allergies which are caused by the body's hypersensitivity to allergens in the surrounding environment. The patients with rhinitis present either the symptoms of allergic rhinitis or allergic conjunctivitis. Clinical picture of Hay fever is characterized by itchy eyes and throat,
sinus congestion and sneezing, asthma, and even diarrhoea are produced. The allergen such as pollen stimulates the release of IgE antibodies (attach to white blood cells known as mast cells). These cells are mostly located in the lungs and upper respiratory tract, the lining of the stomach and the skin. Stimulation of these cells leads to the release of histamine which produces the allergic symptoms
In conventional medicine. the allergies are managed by a known standard drug therapies, such as antihistamines (Chlor-trimetron, Benadryl, etc.) and Other types of drugs which act on the nervous system (Albuterol, epinephrine), cortico-steroids (prednisone), and decongestants. Unfortunately, these drugs might cause many side effects, such as drowsiness and immune system suppression as well as an over-reliance on them. Despite the fact that western medication and many over-the-counter remedies promise symptomatic relief, many patients with these allergies turn to use acupuncture as an alternative to these chemical medications and also to avoid the side effects created by them. Acupuncture is treating the whole person, and balancing the immune system which leads to long-term health benefits in managing allergies.
According to Traditional Chinese medicin, the allergic rhinitis is caused by Wind and a deficiency of the Protective Qi (energy) and all patients with a deficiency of Qi may catch colds easily and are more prone to have allergies such as Hay fever and rhinitis. There are many factors that may trigger the attack of Hay Fever or rhinitis such as the invasion of the external pathogenic factors, diet, emotional disturbances, congenital weakness and chronic illnesses. While the acupuncture treatment works by correcting the underlying imbalances within the body in order to relieve the acute symptoms
of allergic rhinitis and also managing the root of the problems which are contributing to the body's reaction to allergens. The acupuncture treatments of hay fever are combined with special detoxification program which includes 2-3 days fasting and dietary modification. Unhealthy diet can trigger allergy attack. So that, raw and cold food may lead to the stagnation of fluid circulation and the increase in the production of phlegm. Sugary and oily food tends to create phlegm and heat in the body. While the consumption of Fish, crabs, shellfish and other seafood may have also been noted to increase the likelihood of allergy attacks as well.

How many acupuncture treatment sessions a patient will I need?
Each patient's response to acupuncture treatment is variable. In some cases a patient may only need two treatments to feel better while others need to have regular treatment sessions for a month before they maintain a good effect. In most cases, the successful acupuncture treatment for Hay Fever is twice weekly sessions for at least 2-3 weeks

Do the acupuncture treatments hurt?
Acupuncture is known, through ours and other acupuncturists' experience, that needling is hardly ever caused an uncomfortable experience for anyone. Usually, the acupuncturist will take even more care and be very gentle when giving treatments. Patients are always pleasantly surprised to find that they can barely feel the needles at all and feel refreshed and relaxed after the treatment.
For further information on all types of allergies (Hay fever, rhinitis, asthma and urticarial) and how dose acupuncture help in these allergy disorders, please contact us on 07814696437 or email us on acumedicaclinic@gmail.co.uk or visit our website for more details at: www.acumedica.co.uk