Hay fever is no walk in the park – discover how acupuncture can help
Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, hay fever season is in full swing.
But instead of sneezing or coughing your way through the height of the season, have you thought about sticking a pin in it once and for all?
“Acupuncture is a brilliant way to alleviate allergic reactions, such as hay fever,” Denise Callaghan, trained Osteopath of more than 25 years, said.
“The ancient form of Chinese medicine is used to strengthen the body’s overall defences, regulate antibodies and restore some balance from the very first treatment. I’ve recently been helping a 14-year-old allergy sufferer and he has reported a great improvement.”
So, what exactly is hay fever?
Hay fever – formally known as allergic rhinitis – is a common allergic reaction that occurs at particular times of the year. It’s usually worse between March and September, when its warm, humid and windy. But unlike a cold, hay fever isn’t caused by a virus.
It’s caused by an allergic response to indoor or outdoor allergens such as pollen, dust mites or pet dander.
According to the latest data, approximately 20% of UK residents suffer from the condition.
What are the hay fever symptoms to look out for?
The symptoms of hay fever can go on (and on) if left untreated. They include:
- Sneezing and coughing
- Loss of smell
- A runny or blocked nose
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
- Feeling tired
How does acupuncture alleviate hay fever?
Generally speaking, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms. This promotes physical and emotional wellbeing. And, in relation to those suffering from allergies, acupuncture can help to relieve pain and congestion by:
- 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 the release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors. This changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord
- Reducing inflammation
- Increasing local microcirculation – this aids the dispersal of swelling
‘I’m symptom free’ – testimonial from previous client
Denise has a long history treating patients of all ages for hay fever. Here’s what one of her past clients, Alison Warner, had to say:
“I first visited Denise Callaghan, Osteopath and Acupuncturist last September for hay fever and allergies. Since being a small child I have suffered with allergies all year round and it had reached a stage when I just accepted it, not being aware that something such as acupuncture could help.
“After the first session I noticed a difference. Since October I have been on a monthly maintenance programme of one session a month and for the first time ever can breathe properly and am pretty much symptom free.
“I would recommend to anyone who suffers from hay fever or other allergies to visit Denise, I can’t thank her enough.”