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Sep 13

Spring into Action and Get on Top of Hayfever

Spring is so lovely – with all the leaves unfurling, blossoms budding and warmth returning to the world so we can step out into the sunshine and breathe it all in.

However, this time of year often has the effect of producing itchy and watery eyes, constantly running noses and sudden attacks of sneezing in people, which can all result in people feeling drained of energy. Many Melbournians understand very well the effect hayfever can have on their lives and Melbourne, even though it is the most liveable city in the world in 2016, does have a black mark against it as it is the hayfever capital of Australia! Even in inner city Melbourne or the Melbourne CBD, where there are less parks and you might think less allergens, hayfever is still rife!

Chinese Medicine treats hayfever by expelling pathogens, normalising the function of your immune system and treating any underlying energetic imbalances. We use acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as well giving you some diet and lifestyle advice if necessary.

A trial investigating the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of hayfever was conducted by RMIT, and it was found that there was significant improvement in hayfever symptoms. In clinical practice, we have found that it may take only 4 weeks to get rid of your hayfever symptoms but it is best to get on top of it early in the season. This way, you can frolick happily all you like in the parks when the weather is warm!

In the meantime, check out our post on acupressure points for temporary relief of hayfever symptoms here: http://healthinflow.com.au/pointing-the-way-hayfever/

Sep 13

Pointing the Way: Hayfever

It is definitely lovely to be seeing growth abound in nature at the moment, but for 1 in 5 of the Australian population, this may be accompanied by a groan because it marks the start of the “hayfever season”.

Hayfever, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, occurs in people who have a hypersensitive reaction to pollens. It causes symptoms including itchy and runny nose, nasal congestion, red, watery and itchy eyes, itchy throat and sneezing. It can affect concentration and productivity, as well as sleep quality, causing hayfever sufferers to get tired and run down.

In Chinese Medicine, airborne pathogens are caused by “Wind” and if our defensive energy, “Wei Qi”, which is essentially our immune system, is functioning well, we are not affected by the Wind and will not have hayfever. What Chinese Medicine can do is strengthen the Wei Qi before the hayfever season begins, reducing the severity of the symptoms and over several seasons, the symptoms can be eradicated altogether! However, having acupuncture and Chinese herbs during the season can still decrease the intensity of the symptoms.

The following are a few acupoints you can use on yourself when you’re feeling some of the woes that are hayfever! Press each point for 30 seconds, relax the face and breathe deeply. The points, when being pressed correctly, should feel a bit achey.

BL2 (Zanzhu “Gathered Bamboo”): A small bony depression at the end of your eyebrow (your “bamboo”) near the bridge of your nose.

BL2 Zanzhu
ST2 (Sibai “Four Whites”): A small bony depression below the pupil, found by placing your finger on the bottom edge of the eye socket and slipping the finger down slightly.

ST2 Sibai
LI20 (Yingxiang “Welcome Fragrance”): Slightly sidewards from your nostrils and pushing up towards the bridge of your nose (for some welcome fragrance).

LI20 Yingxiang
LI4 (Hegu “Joining Valley”): On the back of your hand between your thumb and index finger (the valley), found by bringing the thumb to the index finger and pressing towards the index finger into the high point of the muscle bulge.

LI4 Hegu
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to press BL2, ST2 and LI20, all at the same time on both sides, whilst getting that good ache!