Acupuncture hayfever therapy to address the sneezes, sniffles and snorts of spring
There is strong level evidence supporting the use of acupuncture hayfever therapy to help address this taxing condition – common in the spring, but possible at any time of the year.
Relief is at hand for those enduring the misery of hayfever that doesn’t involve taking pills or sprays up the nose.
What is the history behind acupuncture hayfever therapy?
There is a long tradition of acupuncture and Chinese medicine being used as a treatment for hayfever or allergic rhinitis and even sinusitis.
Central to being able to assist you, the acupuncture and Chinese medicine practitioner will seek to create a Chinese medicine diagnosis.
The Chinese medicine diagnosis is arrived at after extensive questioning by your practitioner and careful analysis of your signs and symptoms.
Chinese medicine recognises that no two ‘illnesses’ are the same, just as no two people are the same.
You will be asked questions around any patterns you have noticed in your hayfever – including timing and other triggers. A broader line of questioning will include questions about your gut function (digestion, bowels etc), breathing, body aches and pains.
All this information helps the practitioner construct a pattern of signs and symptoms which form the basis of your Chinese medicine diagnosis.
Your acupuncture therapy for hayfever and allergic rhinitis is specific to the demands of the Chinese medicine diagnosis.
What is the source of evidence to support acupuncture hayfever allergic rhinitis therapy?
Across 2016 and early 2017, Australian researchers conducted a reviewof the highest evidence possible to support the use of acupuncture hayfever therapy. This evidence included systematic reviews and meta analyses which are the highest form of available evidence.
What evidence is there to support acupuncture hayfever allergic rhinitis therapy?
There is moderate evidence [i] to support acupuncture therapy for people presenting with the signs and symptoms usually associated with hayfever or allergic rhinitis.
What if my condition isn’t listed on this page?
All that means is that there hasn’t been enough research to officially say, “yep it helps”. Before deciding whether acupuncture hayfever therapy is for you, feel free to give Peter a call to chat about your individual circumstances and his experience or knowledge of your problem
[i] MacDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (revised evition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017. [accessed 21 February, 2018 from https://www.acupuncture.org.au/resources/publications/the-acupuncture-evidence-project-a-comparative-literature-review-2017/]