Spring has sprung. So have our allergies. Good news is that systematic reviews published up to January 2017 indicate that acupuncture has a positive effect on allergic rhinitis (hay fever). So here are some tips & tricks to help with hay fever season:
1. Acupuncture – research shows acupuncture to be a safe and effective treatment for hay fever. Check out our special deal below so you can get in early for the best results. BOOK HERE
2. Chinese herbal medicine – We stock Pe Min Kan Wan- a herbal patent pill formula that works quite well for most people. Contact us to try this medicine.
3. DIY: Chrysanthemum, Goji Berry & Honey Suckle Tea – cheap and delicious, this tea may help combat hayfever symptoms such as red, itchy, sore eyes and sneezing. Just steep a little bit of each herb in hot water for 5 minutes and drink throughout the day. This is available at the clinic or you can purchase at an Asian grocery.
Other conditions that acupuncture has strong research evidence for are:
- Chronic low back pain
- Migraine prophylaxis
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- Post-operative nausea and vomiting
- Post-operative pain.
Contact us to discuss any of the above conditions or any other questions you may have.
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- McDonald JL, Cripps AW, Smith PK, Smith CA, Xue CC, Golianu B. The anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture and their relevance to allergic rhinitis: a narrative review and proposed model. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:591796.
- Feng S, Han M, Fan Y, Yang G, Liao Z, Liao W, et al. Acupuncture for the treatment of allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2015 Jan-Feb;29(1):57-62.
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- McDonald JL, Smith PK, Smith CA, Changli Xue C, Golianu B, Cripps AW. Effect of acupuncture on house dust mite specific IgE, substance P, and symptoms in persistent allergic rhinitis. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2016 Jun;116(6):497-505.
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