Natural Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis
Most of us eagerly anticipate the coming of Spring and the warmer days and longer evenings of Summer. If however you suffer with Allergic Rhinitis – otherwise known as hay fever – this joy can all too easily get snuffed out – blurred by the misery of sore eyes, a streaming nose, coughs and sneezes as the symptoms of hay fever kick in. In this article we will discover more about hay fever from Western and Chinese medical perspectives and find out that you do not need to fear the coming of Spring and Summer – there are plenty of natural safe and effe can help you take control of this condition.
What is Allergic rhinitis?
Allergic Rhinitis describes the inflammation that takes place inside the nose as an allergic response to an allergen in the air such as pollen, dust, or mould. It’s common name of hay fever came about because of an early theory that the symptoms were brought about by the smell of new hay. It is extremely common that affects around 1 in every 5 people in the UK and is most common between the ages of 20 and 40. The condition causes cold like symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, red, inflamed and itchy eyes – many people have extremely severe and persistent symptoms which can affect sleep and their ability to work or study. Some people develop these symptoms at specific times of the year – for example in the summer when there is greater pollen in the air and for others they experience it is a year round affliction.
What causes the inflammation?
Allergic rhinitis is caused by your immune system over reacting to a harmless allergen. When your body breathes in an allergen such as pollen, histamine is over produced by your body as part of its defence mechanisms sparking a chain reaction that results in allergic symptoms such as inflammation of the nose and eyes.
Risk factors for allergic rhinitis
You are more likely to develop allergic rhinitis if there is a history of allergies in your family. Having or eczema can also increase your risk of allergic rhinitis. There are some additional factors that can trigger this condition, including
- Smoke – if you smoke, please stop – all those tiny smoke particles you inhale with every puff needlessly irritate your airwaves. The smell of woodsmoke on a cold winter’s night may be comforting but they also have a similar affect on the lining of your nose
- Environmental – high humidity, strong winds, aerosol fumes and air pollution can also cause your hay fever to flare up
Cosmetics – the tiny droplets contained in your favourite hairspray and perfume can be a source of irritation and trigger an allergic response
What is the Chinese Medicine view of Hay Fever?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) hay fever is the result of weakened Lung energy – or Qi – and Spleen Qi Deficiency. Our Lung Qi underpins the correct functioning of our entire respiratory system, including our nasal passages. When this Qi is weak our respiratory tract will underperform and be more susceptible to problems such as inflammation. Our Spleen Qi regulates how our digestive system metabolises fluids. When our Spleen Qi is deficient not only will our ability to digest food be deficient but it can also lead to an overproduction of mucus which then starts to clog up our nasal packages and lungs.
What is a typical TCM treatment for allergic rhinitis?
Acupuncture is an effective and evidence based natural treatment for allergic rhinitis. There have been many large scale trials that demonstrate that a course of acupuncture treatment offers long term reduction in symptoms of hay fever and that acupuncture and moxibustion are safe and effective and have benefits over conventional medicine, not least that they do not have side effects. In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting changes promote physical and emotional well-being.
During an acupuncture treatment sterile, stainless steel, single use needles are placed into specific areas of the body to stimulate the flow of energy – or Qi – as it moves around the body. The gentle treatment helps to shift stagnant energy and will be focused on strengthening the Lungs and Spleen. The acupuncture points that we use may be located on the legs, arms and occasionally on the sides of the nose – there is a wonderful point called Welcome Fragrance located on either side of the nostrils that can bring real lasting relief from the symptoms of hay fever.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is effective
Anti-Allergy Rhinitis Tang by GinSen are herbal supplements that have been expertly formulated to help sooth allergic rhinitis, blocked sinus, and other respiratory allergies. These supplements provide relief by reducing inflammation, providing support to the sinuses and help to sooth stressed out and inflamed nasal passages.
Co. Cordyceps is an all in one natural remedy that provides your immune system with the support that it needs. It promotes hormone balance, boosts energy and enhances your overall wellbeing.
Yin Qiao San Jie Du Pian by GinSen are natural anti viral supplements. This herbal blend works by boosting your immune system and helping you body to expel excess mucus from your body. This natural remedy will provide relief from sore throat, fever, body aches, tonsillitis glandular, common and seasonal colds.
Any other tips?
- Incorporate more ginger in your diet. Ginger is excellent at helping to reduce inflammation and swelling. Add some freshly grated ginger to a nourishing curry and your body will thank you! Research has shown that ginger has been shown to contain antioxidative and anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Using a dehumidifier can help you to control your allergies when you are indoors.
- If your allergic rhinitis is affected by dust mites, try washing your clothes at a higher temperature than normal – above 54 degrees centigrade. Also, limiting the carpet around the house can be helpful – it is easier to clean dust from a hard floor surface.
- Give your gut flora a boost and take a probiotic every day. This will help to support a healthy immune system.
Get in touch today
For more information about how Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can help you take control of your hay fever please book your free consultation today – you can get in touch here!
For more information about Chinese Medicine, book your free consultation with our Chinese Medicine experts today
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.