HEALTH TIPS FOR HAYFEVER RELIEF

09-Sep-2019

Hobart is renowned for being windy in springtime heralding the hayfever season and spreading grass pollens. In Chinese Medicine, Wind disrupts circulation of our protective mechanisms which can lead to hayfever. The root cause though lies with low immunity initiated often with busy lifestyles, overwork and other pressures, feeling rundown, winter flu bugs etc. Acupuncture targets both the inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by excess histamine production and importantly by strengthening the immune system.

Reduce Exposure to Pollens

  • If windy, try to minimise outdoor exposure; when going out wear wrap-around sunglasses, keep warm & wear a scarf.
  • Don't hang washing outdoors if windy as clothes & sheets will attract pollen.
  • When returning indoors, have a shower and change clothes to stop the spread of pollen.
  • Rinse nose & eyes with saline spray before sleep (use a Neti pot).
  • Clear nostrils by inhaling with peppermint, eucalyptus oil or Tiger Balm.
  • Limit or avoid dairy and gluten foods as commonly increase mucous. Sugars, caffeine, red wine & cold can also trigger histamine overload.
Acupressure to relieve Congestion

Use a circular motion with your thumbs starting at the lower outer edges of the nostrils and gently rub up the sides of your nose, then along your eyebrows, in the centre below the eyes, the temples and finish by tapping your upper chest.



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