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Hay fever and acupuncture The Hague

Hay fever and acupuncture

Pollen is in the air again, grass is blooming and trees are growing. That can only mean one thing: hay fever. Itchy or stuffy nose, burning eyes, dry or burning throat. Anyone who suffers from hay fever will recognise it. Between the months of February and September, most grasses, plants and trees blossom. This means that you are most likely to experience hay fever symptoms during this period. However, you will experience the peak of the hay fever season between May and June, as the grasses are in bloom. But what can you do about hay fever? What if you have tried most remedies, but you still suffer from hay fever? The answer: acupuncture against hay fever. Research shows that acupuncture has positive benefits. Want to know more about this connection? Read on.

What are hay fever symptoms?

Before we discuss the effect of acupuncture on hay fever, it is useful to find out what symptoms may occur with hay fever. The complaints listed below can also be caused by something else, such as house dust mite allergy or cat allergy. Hayfever complaints occur when flowers, trees and grasses bloom.

  • itching eyes
  • tears
  • a dry throat, sometimes with a tickling cough.
  • itching of the nose
  • tightness
  • wheezing sound when breathing
  • blocked nose
  • brat
  • sneezing
  • a feeling of fullness in the head
  • feverish feeling
  • tired

Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to allergens that are present indoors or outdoors, such as pollen, dust mites, or small flecks of skin and saliva secreted by cats, dogs and other animals with fur or feathers (pet dander).

Acupuncture and hay fever

A study from February suggests that acupuncture has a positive effect on people with hay fever. For example, the people in the study suffered less from hay fever after experiencing acupuncture sessions. Furthermore, many studies have shown that acupuncture helps in relieving different types of pain, such as migraine and back pain, and also in treating nausea and vomiting after surgery or chemotherapy. According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture works by stimulating certain points on the skin, which are believed to influence the flow of energy, or "qi" (pronounced "chee"), through the body.

Whether you suffer from chronic hay fever for several months of the year or once a year with the continuation of new evidence, acupuncture appears to be an excellent option to help manage the severity of symptoms. Acupuncture is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a safe and effective natural option to help manage the frequency and severity of symptoms of hay fever and/or allergic rhinitis, without associated side effects such as drowsiness.

Chinese herbs and hay fever

Research shows that Chinese herbs are very effective in treating allergies. Thus, Chinese herbs can be used as an alternative medicine to reduce or combat hay fever. To treat the root cause of hay fever, it is necessary to strengthen the Qi and this can be done through traditional Chinese herbs.

Make an appointment now

Don't want to try everything or have you tried everything but you don't succeed in getting rid of your hay fever? Simply make an appointment with us for an acupuncture session. Acupuncturist Li has had a lot of success with treating hay fever patients. Of course, we hope that we can help more people with it. Often, acupuncture treatments are also reimbursed by your health insurance company, for more current information consult the care guide.

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