What is Hay Fever?
Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a condition characterized by symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and congestion caused by an allergic reaction to airborne particles such as pollen, mold spores, and dust mites. It typically occurs during the spring and summer months when pollen levels are high. Some people may also experience symptoms year-round, depending on the allergens they are sensitive to. Symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications and can also be managed with lifestyle changes such as avoiding exposure to triggers and using air purifiers.
What are Hay Fever Symptoms?
Reactions to hay fever can include:
- Runny nose
- Postnasal drip
- Scratchy or sore throat
- Dark circles under the eyes (from rubbing or scratching)
- Swelling of the eyelids
- Red, swollen, or blistered skin
- Loss of smell or taste
- Ear fullness or popping
- Facial pressure or pain
- Difficulty sleeping
These symptoms can vary in severity and frequency depending on the individual and the specific allergens they are sensitive to. Some people may experience only mild symptoms, while others may have severe and debilitating symptoms that can greatly impact their quality of life.
How is Hay Fever Treated?
Ananta Health takes a comprehensive approach to treating hay fever by not only addressing the symptoms but also identifying and addressing underlying factors that may be contributing to the condition. The use of BioScan SRT testing to identify stressors and irritants in the body, as well as food and environmental sensitivities, can help to pinpoint specific triggers that may be exacerbating hay fever symptoms.
It is also important to address other factors that can increase hay fever symptoms, such as diet, candida, parasites, heavy metal toxicity, and other factors. By addressing these underlying causes, it may be possible to reduce the severity of hay fever symptoms and improve overall health.
Implementing lifestyle changes, such as avoiding exposure to triggers, using air purifiers, and washing bedding frequently, can also help to reduce symptoms. Supplements that can help to manage symptoms during the spring and summer months are also suggested.
It is important to work with a qualified healthcare professional that can help you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. Ananta Health's approach of addressing all the contributing factors may be beneficial for those who suffer from hay fever, as it may help to provide more effective and long-term relief.
How Can Acupuncture Help Hay Fever?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to promote healing and balance. Some research suggests that acupuncture may be beneficial for treating hay fever symptoms.
One of the proposed mechanisms for acupuncture's effectiveness in hay fever is its ability to regulate the immune system. Acupuncture treatment may help reduce the production of histamine, the chemical that causes allergic symptoms, and other inflammatory mediators. By reducing histamine levels, acupuncture can help reduce symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itching.
Additionally, acupuncture can also help to balance and support the liver, an organ that plays a key role in the body's allergic response. By strengthening the liver's ability to deal with allergens, acupuncture can help prevent or reduce the intensity of an allergic reaction.
Acupuncture may also help alleviate other symptoms associated with hay fever such as nasal congestion, coughing, headaches and fatigue. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment that can help to improve overall health and reduce the severity of symptoms.