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Start Early to Boost Your Body's Defences Against Seasonal Hay Fever with Acupuncture


Picture of flower stamen with pollen and message encouraging people to act early to treat hayfever with acupuncture

As the seasons transition and nature undergoes its cyclical transformations, many individuals find themselves facing the challenges of seasonal hay fever. The onset of symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and watery eyes can disrupt daily life and diminish overall well-being, regardless of the time of year. At Acupuncture Surrey, we understand the frustration and discomfort that hay fever can bring, and we're here to empower you with proactive strategies to fortify your body's defences against seasonal allergies, whenever they may occur.


In the holistic realm of Classical Chinese Medicine, hay fever is often attributed to an imbalance in the body's energy system, particularly the disruption of Qi, or vital energy flow. According to Chinese Medicine principles, symptoms like sneezing, congestion, and itching arise when the body's protective Qi is weakened, leaving it vulnerable to external allergens.


To pre-emptively address hay fever and bolster your body's resilience, it's essential to focus on nurturing your energy system during the season that precedes the usual onset of symptoms.


Here are some valuable tips incorporating acupuncture, acupressure, and lifestyle adjustments:


  1. Acupuncture Sessions: Acupuncture, a cornerstone of Chinese Medicine, can effectively regulate the body's energy flow and strengthen its defences against allergens. By stimulating specific acupuncture points related to the immune system and respiratory function, acupuncture treatments can help alleviate hay fever symptoms and enhance overall well-being. Begin your acupuncture sessions in advance of hay fever season to maximize their preventive benefits.

  2. Acupressure Techniques: In addition to acupuncture, acupressure—a technique involving the application of pressure to specific points on the body—can provide relief from hay fever symptoms. Explore simple acupressure routines targeting points such as - LI4 (Hegu) [do not use in pregnancy] - located between the thumb and forefinger on the top of the hand, - LI11 (Quchi)- located at the end of elbow crease on the outside of the arm, and - LI20 (Ying Xiang) - located in the grove just to the side of the nostril to alleviate nasal congestion and boost immune function between acupuncture sessions.

  3. Lifestyle Adjustments: Take proactive measures to minimize exposure to allergens by keeping windows closed during peak pollen times, using air purifiers indoors, and wearing sunglasses and hats when outdoors to prevent pollen contact with your eyes and face. Practice stress-reducing activities such as qigong, meditation, or deep breathing exercises to support overall well-being and immune function.

In the words of ancient Chinese wisdom, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now." Similarly, the most effective strategy for combating hay fever is to start planning your preventive measures early, ideally in the season preceding the onset of symptoms. By proactively nurturing your body's energy system through acupuncture, acupressure, and lifestyle adjustments, you can equip yourself with the tools to embrace the beauty of the seasons to come with vitality and resilience.


Don't wait until hay fever season is in full swing to seek relief. Take the proactive step today by scheduling your acupuncture sessions at Acupuncture Surrey. Contact us to book your appointment at our private clinic in Redhill or community multibed clinic in Merstham and embark on your journey towards lasting hay fever relief.


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