Spring has finally sprung, and for most of us, warm spring weather signals a welcome change to the winter just gone. However, if you are one of the 18% of Australians who suffer from Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (Hay fever), the increased pollens in the air this time of year might leave you feeling less than enthusiastic.
Allergic rhinitis is due to an overreaction of the immune system to an allergen (often pollen). The allergen binds to immune cells that release irritating compounds, such as histamine. This can result in sneezing, watery eyes, itchy nose, chills, sweating, asthma, and malaise. Hay fever can be incredibly debilitating. Apart from living on antihistamines, many sufferers aren’t aware they can take other steps to improve their symptoms.
Look after your liver: Histamine is the main irritant in the allergic response, and is broken down in the liver. If your liver is overworked, you can have an overabundance of histamine in your system. Thus, when an allergen is present, the reaction is far worse.
Avoid histamine rich foods: Histamine is present in higher concentrations in aged foods. Alcohol, aged cheese, preserves, processed meats, and fermented foods all have high concentrations of histamine. Eating fresh, unprocessed foods will help reduce your histamine load and severity of your symptoms.
Reduce stress: healthy adrenal function can have an anti-inflammatory effect. Prolonged stress and subsequent burnout can stop the adrenal glands from properly protecting our bodies from stress, including allergic reactions.
Heal the gut: an overabundance of certain strains of gut bacteria can increase the amount of histamine in your blood.
Have a series of Acupuncture treatments and take Chinese herbs. Acupuncture for Allergic Rhinitis is an excellent, evidence-based treatment strategy to reduce the symptoms of hay fever. Chinese herbs help in restoring balance to the system to prevent future attacks. Our treatments can help your liver function, your adrenal health and assist your gut, whilst making you feel calm, relaxed and sneeze free.
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Also known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever is mainly characterized by nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, nasal itching and sneezing. These symptoms result from inflamed nasal membranes. The quality of life can be greatly impaired once the condition sets in; this is obviously something no one wants to experience. How about a remedy that not only treats hay fever but also prevents the condition from appearing? Chinese Medicine is one of the surest ways through which you can gain control of their health.
Prevention better than cure?
Based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, dealing with the various underlying conditions may go a long way in preventing you against many diseases. The food you take in on a regular basis is bound to directly influence your health levels. Foods that are difficult to digest may end up harming the digestive system. Damp and cold foods have been shown to reduce spleen energy as opposed to producing more blood and energy; this has the inescapable effect of predisposing one to hay fever. Avoiding the following foods may be the only remedy you might need for hay fever:
Nuts – excessive intake of damp nuts could be disastrous
Wheat – baked goods, bread, and pasta.
Instead of the above-mentioned foods, one should ensure they add the following foods to their diet:
Warm water has also been suggested as a possible remedy for hay fever since it aids in digestion. More defensive energy is also produced as a result of the intake of green tea. The quality of drinks and foods that you take in also go a long way in safeguarding one against a hay fever attack. As such, you should source them from the healthiest sources possible. Your physical and mental health is largely influenced by the quality of water you intake; it is recommended that you choose water from natural springs or one that has minerals added to it. Bio-dynamic and organic foods should also form the bulk of one’s meals even as an upsurge is continually witnessed in the production of inorganic foods. Natural and strong foods are certain to strengthen your body.
The Chinese Medicine Perspective
This relatively common respiratory condition can effectively be treated using Chinese-inspired medicine. Hay fever is likely to set in once the digestive system fails to produce enough energy required to respond to the allergens that are relatively common in the spring. Chinese herbal medicine, in conjunction with acupuncture, are certain to bring the much-required relief.
To attain the best results, be sure to visit your local Chinese clinic. Such an action is necessary since it is often crucial to determining the root cause of the condition. Stress, worry, lack of exercise, and poor diet are some of the major causes of depleted digestive energy. In Chinese medicine, this is a certain recipe for reduced immunity and wind is allowed into the body essentially causing hay fever symptoms including a runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing and so on.
To strengthen one’s Wei Qi (defensive Qi), Chinese diet therapy encourages the intake of foods that require little energy to digest. This reduced effort allows your body to reduce defensive energy without struggling. Difficult foods to digest have the effect of straining the spleen and reducing the functionality of the immune system. Warm, nourishing foods, as opposed to cold raw foods, are recommended in the prevention of hay fever.
Different Chinese herbal formulas are used in the treatment of various allergies. As opposed to providing a fast yet short-term relief, these medicines fix the underlying system imbalances. Acupuncture, one of the most commonly used Chinese healing techniques, has often been used to manage and control hay fever. The combination of specific herbal formulas, revised diets, and acupuncture are certain to yield the required results. Some of the most common Chinese herbal formulas include: Gui Zhi Tang, Xiao Qing Long Tang, Xin Yi San, Yin Qiao San Ma Huang Tang, Ge Gen Tang and many more. Most of those herbal formulas offer relief where one has increased sensitivity to cold, wheezing, body aches, and regular chills. These pills, powders or liquid extracts are ideal for short durations and should be taken with a lot of water.
Traditional Chinese medicine also advocates for healthier diets that are meant to act as anti-allergens. One of the formulas that have often been greatly recommended as treatment for hay fever is the use of green tea as opposed to the much-preferred coffee. Various allergy symptoms associated with hay fever can also be reduced considerably by making tea out of dried Chrysanthemum flowers. Radishes are also important in reducing the symptoms associated with hay fever. The moistening and cooling effect from radishes make them ideal for treating itchy, dry allergy eyes. They can also facilitate the easing of sore throats, draining mucous, and clearing the sinuses.
An acupuncture session before the onset of spring can go a long way in safeguarding you against hay fever. One’s immunity is boosted essentially implying that one does not have to deal with the ungratifying symptoms associated with the fever. You should not wait till you suffer from a sinus headache or start sneezing as that would mean that the fever has already set in.
All in all, it is always recommended that one consults with a trusted healthcare practitioner before embarking on a different diet or treatment.
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