Hay Fever: Acupuncture for Allergies

A natural alternative…

A type of allergic rhinitis, hay fever peaks from May – July each year in the UK and according to Professor Jean Emberlin in ‘The Hay Fever Health Report’:

“In the population as a whole about 20-25% of people have hay fever…”

How can acupuncture help? I regularly see patients for a wide range of allergy related symptoms and, of course, at this time of year for hay fever in particular. The British Acupuncture Council lists a range of recent studies that demonstrate how acupuncture may help to relieve congestion and pain in people with allergic rhinitis:

  • Regulating levels of IgE and cytokines, mediators of the allergic reaction to extrinsic allergens
  • Stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord
  • Reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors
  • Enhancing natural killer cell activities and modulating the number and ratio of immune cell types
  • Increasing local microcirculation, which aids dispersal of swelling.

So, if hay fever is getting you down this summer and you’re keen to try tackling it naturally, call Stacey on 01872 274774 to book an appointment. I would recommend a course of at least six sessions, depending on your condition, which we’ll explore in more depth during your first visit.

Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), 1st Dan, FEA, MBAcC, MCAUK – Member of the British Acupuncture Council

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