Recurrently missing work or school due to hay fever? Reduced quality of life being unable to enjoy your favorite activities? Hard to stay asleep leading to fatigue and poor general wellbeing?
Hay fever (花粉症), also called allergic rhinitis (过敏性鼻炎), normally occurs in specific environments or specific seasons such as spring or autumn. It is usually caused by the overactive immune system. The main symptoms include sneezing, runny or blocked nose, itchy or teary eyes, ear infection and headaches etc.
In western medicine, treatments for hay fever include antihistamine, corticosteroids (steroids) as well as immunotherapy.
In Chinese medicine, hay fever is considered to be closely related to Qi (vital energy) deficiency in the lung, spleen and kidney. Therefore, the body is susceptible to the pathogens such as wind and cold, leading to various symptoms. Chinese medicine practitioners use either acupuncture or herbs to treat the conditions.
If you have allergic rhinitis, Cindy at Oriental Acupuncture can help, feel free to contact Cindy for a booking or for any enquiries.