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Treating hay fever and allergic rhinitis with acupuncture

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

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As the pollen season looms, the discomfort of hay fever and allergic rhinitis can leave many searching for effective relief beyond traditional medications. In this article, we delve into the fascinating world of acupuncture and its potential to alleviate the symptoms of these common allergies, offering a holistic approach to seasonal discomfort.

Some people struggle with allergic rhinitis symptoms throughout the year and for others medication doesn't help much. Whether you struggle with mild to moderate seasonal hay fever or are blighted with symptoms all year round, acupuncture may be able to help you!

Allergic rhinitis is where an allergy to something like pollen, dust or mould irritates your nose and causes cold-like symptoms including sneezing, nasal itching, nasal blockage, and watery nasal discharge.

Other symptoms include eye symptoms (e.g. red eyes, itchy eyes, tearing), coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, and systemic symptoms such as tiredness, fever, a pressure sensation in the head, and itchiness.

Studies have shown acupuncture to be an effective and safe alternative or addition to conventional treatments such as use of anti-histamines.

For those with hay fever, ideally we would start your treatment amount 6-8 weeks in advance of the season in which your hay fever presents to build up the body's defences. Don't worry though if you've left it a bit late, acupuncture can still help to address your symptoms.

Acupuncture Surrey offer a free, no obligation, 15 minute call for anyone who wishes to discuss the potential support they might get from acupuncture.

If you'd like to discuss your symptoms with us or to make an appointment in our private clinic in Redhill or lower cost community clinic in Merstham please contact us at or via our website at

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