A recent randomized controlled clinical trial carried out by Lishui Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine found a treatment regimen of acupuncture combined with herbal medicine results in a 91.1% total effective rate for the alleviation of allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
Relieve Hay Fever with Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine both hay fever and sinus are caused by imbalance in the lung and stomach meridians.
For example any grass or plant you can make into hay can cause hayfever. In Western medicine we say that this is the result of an overactive immune system, which is sensitive to allergens. This leads to the over production of histamine which your doctor will combat with antihistamines and steroids.
Although this treatment may work short term, it ignores the root cause of the problem. Chinese medicine believes that hay fever is a direct result of a deficiency in the lung meridian. This is because the function of the lung in the body is to protect the skin. Chi runs around the skin, helping our circulation and protecting our body. ‘We’ means protection so the energy protecting out outer body is called ‘we chi’.
Therefore once the lung energy is blocked, our defensive chi becomes unstable and this triggers an immune system response. Because the body feels that protection is lacking from the skin, it believes it must make more histamine to protect itself better and this leads to the runny nose, itching, watery eyes and sneezing symptoms of hay fever.
People with this condition have clear liquid nasal discharge, coughing and can be very sensitive to wind and to cold weather or any change in climate. Chinese medicine can use acupuncture to strengthen lung function and rebalance the protective chi, moxibustion to warm up the body and balance the immune system.
For example the Chinese say ‘catch the wind’ in the same way we say ‘catch a cold’ and catching the wind equals an imbalance in the lung meridian. Chinese Medicine balances the immune system by clearing the wind through stimulating points on the lung meridian.
A second contributory factor of hay fever is a build up of toxic heat in the stomach meridian. If the energy is blocked in this channel then the body has built up toxins from food or stress and there is too much heat in the body. This makes the body particularly sensitive to allergies.
Symptoms include yellow nasal discharge, stuffy head, headache, and stuffy nasal passages. Acupuncture can work on points on the nose to expel the excess heat from the body and restore balance.
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Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine is a proven remedy for the relief of Hay Fever
Acupuncture and herbs alleviate hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Symptoms include postnasal drip, runny nose, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, and ear or throat irritation. Lishui Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers conducted a randomized controlled clinical trial. Their findings document that a treatment regimen of acupuncture combined with herbal medicine results in a 91.1% total effective rate for the alleviation of allergic rhinitis.
German researchers confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of allergies and sinus disorders. In an eight week clinical trial, patients receiving acupuncture required less medications and had fewer seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms than control groups. Likewise, quality of life scores were significantly better in the acupuncture group than in either control group. Based on the evidence, the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin researchers conclude that “acupuncture treatment was more effective than the symptomatic drug intervention.”