By Wendy Morrison on April 22, 2011
Many people look forward for the summer season but some people dread it’s coming. And the culprit is Hardwoods. Doesn’t make any sense? Well, the reproductive cycle of Hardwood trees happen on warm weather, thus summer and it depends on microscopic pollens. Microscopic pollens that act as allergens to many people, in fact 25% of the British population, and yes we are talking about Hay fever. Hay fever is the response of our body’s immune system to pollens and other allergens. When our immune system reacts it causes the release of histamines that in turn cause the linings of our sinuses, nose and eyes to inflame.
Many go around wheezing the city annoying and of course grossing some people. Many prefer to pop out antihistamines, eye drops or nasal spray to alleviate the symptoms. Hay fever is not a pretty thing to have. As mentioned, there are ways to alleviate Hay fever symptoms. Antihistamines and decongestants help relieve runny nose, sneezing, and itching. There are also some medicines that have pseudoephedrine with them that helps with the congestion. There are also other ways that does not involve the use medicine. One is not to go out of the house 5 to 10 in the morning, since these are the peak pollen hours. Another is to use HEPA filters on your air conditioners. There are also natural remedies that one can administer like cleaning the nasal passage with warm saltwater.
And there is one remedy that has been known to be effective in treating people with hay fever and that is acupuncture. A new research was published on the Allergy Journal stating that this Chinese Traditional Method can dramatically reduce the symptoms of Hay fever. Researchers have found out that the patients who went through acupuncture treatment that have needles with Chinese Herbal Medicine showed double relief compared to those who did not.
There are about 300 acupoints in our body and the acupuncture therapist gently inserts sterile needles into them depending on the problem. The Chinese believe that this will balance the flow of Qi or Vital Energy. To see that acupuncture will work on Hay fever, researchers from the University of Erlangen in Nuremberg, Germany, and the Charite University Medical Centre in Berlin, recruited 52 aged between 20 and 58 who suffers from Hay fever. For six weeks half of them received a treatment regime using acupuncture with herbal medicines and half received treatments with needles inserted into non-acupoints with no herbal medicine. Results showed that 85% of those patients receiving the first type of treatment improved in well-being.
For years there has been a lot of debate going on with the use of this 3000 year old Chinese Traditional Remedy and now research has finally shed some light on this. There are many remedies available for Hay fever in the market you can choose Medical ones to non-medical ones and you can also choose one that has been effective for three thousand years.