While most of us have been enjoying some welcome sunshine over the last few weeks, summer spells misery for one particular group of people – hayfever sufferers.
Hayfever affects around 20% of the UK population. There are two types of pollen which cause hayfever: tree pollen (early summer) and grass pollen (late summer). Sufferers experience an allergic reaction to the pollen in the form of sensitivity in the nasal passages, eyes and chest. The main symptoms are a stuffy nose, sneezing, and red watery itchy eyes, and can range in severity from mild irritation to great distress and discomfort.
Antihistamine nasal sprays or medicines are widely available in pharmacies, but what if you want to deal with the problem more naturally?
Acupuncture can help alleviate the symptoms of hayfever, together with those of other summer allergies such as prickly heat, by strengthening the body’s own defences. Acupuncture has been used in China and other eastern cultures to treat the symptoms of allergic reactions for over 2,000 years. It does this by encouraging the body’s own healing response and helping to restore its natural balance. This approach is particularly relevant in today’s fast-moving world where our bodies have to cope with the demands of our stressful lives and often unhealthy lifestyles.
Ideally it is best to begin a course of acupuncture as a treatment for the symptoms of hayfever before the start of the pollen season, but it can help at any time.
Other natural remedies include homeopathy and nutrition. And, don’t forget the traditional remedy of eating a teaspoonful of honey made from bees that live as locally to you as possible.
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- VIDEO: Hayfever misery as pollen levels rise (bbc.co.uk)