Sneezy, watery, wheezy or itchy?….

by Emma Strapps

Spring came early to Canberra this year. And with the strong spring winds come the seasonal irritants that are so bothersome for those of us who suffer with HAYFEVER! If that’s you or someone you love then please read on.

This article with outline symptoms of hayfever, how they impact on our health and offer a few tips that you can do at home to potentially reduce the impact of hay fever. We also recommend sessions with one of our practitioners who can offer a wholistic approach to healing your body systems to better cope with the Spring environment. Please get in touch with Ambrosia holistic health for advice on best approach for you.

How does hay fever impact our health?

Sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, swollen face or throat are the main signs of allergic reaction to minute particles of dust, grasses, pollen and mold. If you have ever experienced any of these symptoms you will know just how debilitating hay fever or seasonal allergies can be. These responses are your immune system reacting to particles that you have taken in through your nose, eyes and mouth. In an effort to expel these particles, the body, in particular the immune system-  triggers an inflammatory response to remove them. Thus producing sneezing, runny nose or eyes, blocked sinus. Smart right? Only the response is extreme and results in said symptoms. Being creatures of habit, once this pattern takes hold, it is challenging for the body to shake it until the exposure to particles has been removed – when the season changes, winds die down or you’re inside.

What can we do to help?

Complementary therapeutic modalities such as shiatsu (acupressure), acupuncture and kinesiology are all helpful in their capacity to retrain your body’s immune response to the spring environment. This is because they work holistically to address energy imbalances and blockages in the body so that your responses to the external environment are contained without going in to overdrive.

For example, a recent acupuncture study on allergic rhinitis in Germany (2018) revealed that acupuncture can assist in reducing the use of antihistamine medication while improving symptoms after 12 sessions.

What can you do at home?

Here are 10 tips for you to support your body through the hay fever season:

  1. Eat local raw honey – take 1 teaspoon daily
  2. Use a saline/sea salt nose spray – daily
  3. Use an air purifier for maintaining inside air free from irritants, especially in your bedroom to recover during sleep
  4. Drink plenty of water to flush your system
  5. Wash face and hands when coming inside from being outside to remove irritants
  6. Take CoQ10 – quercitin supplementation has been shown to have anti-histamine effects and is also high in anti-oxidants
  7. Eat high anti-oxidant foods such as berries, chia seeds, quinoa, greens, citrus fruits
  8. Do breathing exercises, try chi gong for metal element
  9. Take Chinese herbal formula for hay fever – consult with the clinic
  10. Press acupressure points – hold these points regularly:

Heart-7 for itching, Large intestine-4 headaches or blocked nose, Large intestine 11 for sneezing and itching