A  Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic

Hay-Fever, Allergies
Natural Therapies - Acupuncture, Acupressure & Herbs

Allergies are common. Heredity and environmental exposures may contribute to a predisposition to allergies.

Hay-Fever, also called
Allergic rhinitis, is an allergic inflammation of the nasal airways. It occurs when an
allergen, such as pollen, dust or animal dander is inhaled by an individual with a sensitized  immune system.
It causes cold-like signs and symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus
pressure. But unlike a cold, hay fever isn't caused by a virus.

Treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

According to Chinese Medicine theory, hay fever is a condition of atopy (a form of hypersensitivity) and can
be successfully treated by using Chinese herbs, diet and acupuncture.

Typically, an underlying weakness, often a deficiency of Lung and Spleen Qi, makes persons with allergies
susceptible to allergic reactions. Lung Qi is responsible for the proper function of the entire respiratory tract,
including the nasal passages. Spleen Qi controls the transport of fluids; when Spleen Qi is impaired,
weakening digestive function, it can lead to an overproduction of mucus, which tends to collect in the lungs.

The power of Chinese medicine is in a personalized treatment. For example, you and your friend might both
suffer from Hay-Fever but have it treated two different ways with Chinese medicine. Therefore a
comprehensive consultation is a must in order to find what your individual under pattern condition and then
decide what herbs to mix up to make right customized herbal remedy.

Treatment plans for allergies vary greatly, and the possible results range from temporary relief to complete
remission, that all depend on practitioner’s experience and knowledge.
Generally the treatment strategy is to clear away the wind toxins and strengthen the Lung and Spleen Qi.
Acupuncture treatment relieves allergy symptoms immediately. The therapeutic effects are long-term, and
the allergy is virtually eliminated.  

The sophisticated acupressure and acupuncture techniques let the body to accept the allergen
without producing an allergic reaction.