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Acupuncture & Hay fever

HAYFEVER

In Chinese Medicine, the symptoms of hay fever are caused by invasions of external pathogens, especially Wind (allergens can be seen as a form of 'wind').  The main diagnoses will usually be Wind Heat or Wind Cold invasion, depending on the specific symptoms.  The Wind enters the channels on the face causing symptoms such as itchiness, sneezing, and blocked or runny noses.

This external invasion is called the 'biao' of the disease - the manifesting symptoms.  It is also vital to address the 'ben' of the disease - the root of the problem.  With regards to hay fever there is always an underlying deficiency, normally of the Spleen qi, Lung qi, or Kidney qi.

It can be very effective to focus on strengthening the weaknesses through out the year, and then to focus on the symptoms during the hay fever season.

Self massage on acupuncture points can bring some relief.

 

YINGXIANG (LI-20)

This point is located to the side of the nose, in the naso-labial groove.  It is on the YangMing channel which governs the facial area.  It is used to open the nasal passages and expel Wind and Heat from the face. 

 

BITONG (extra point)

This point is located above LI20, at the highest point of the naso-labial groove. It is often used for allergic rhinitis as it benefits the nose. 

 

ZANZHU (Bl-2)

This point is located in a small depression near the medial end of the eyebrow.  It is used to expel heat and is especially useful for symptoms affecting the eyes.

 

Self-acupressure

With one finger vigorously rub naso-labial groove (the area where the nose attaches to the face).  You can do this for a minute or as long as is comfortable. Move your finger slightly higher, around Bitong area, and continue to rub a couple of minutes or until you feel the area clear. Move up to Bl-2 and either press on this point or again rub the area with one finger for a minute or so.

 

POINTS ON THE FOREHEAD

There are many points on the forehead and just with in the hairline that are used for expelling Wind from the facial area.

Shangxing (Du-23) Located along the midline of the head.  About one fingers width behind the hairline.

Yangbai (GB-14) About one fingers width above the middle of the eyebrow.

 

Self-acupressure

With two finger tips, vigorously make small circles all over the forehead area, paying particular attention to the points suggested above, or any other areas that feel especially tender.

Have a go at home, or come and book a session with our acupuncturist.

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