While summer certainly brings a pleasant burst of bloom and colour to nature, it can bring gloom for many who suffer the annoying and often, misery inducing, symptoms of hay fever.
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, caused by an overactive immune system, which leads to the over production of histamine.
The extra histamine produced by the body causes the symptoms of runny noses, itching, watery eyes and sneezing. People with this condition have clear liquid nasal discharge, coughing and can be very sensitive to wind or any change in climate.
Hay fever is commonly combatted with anti-histamines and steroids.
However, at Care Cure Acupuncture, the team believe that although this treatment may work short term, it ignores the root cause of the problem.
According to Chinese medicine theory, hay fever is caused by an imbalance in the lung and kidney channel.
For example, the Chinese say ‘catch the wind’ in the same way we say ‘catch a cold’ and catching the wind can lead to an imbalance in the lung meridian.
The lung meridian fights back by sneezing, discharging fluid from the nose and other symptoms.
If the kidney channel is unbalanced the body is cold and you will also experience frequent urination, lower back pain and head pressure and pain.
Chinese medicine uses acupuncture and herbs to combat the annoying symptoms of hay fever.
Call (091 ) 539996 or (086 ) 0695397 for further details or to book a no obligation, free consultation. Clinics are located in Tuam, Galway city, and Loughrea. www.carecure.ie