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Allergies, hay fever and asthma are often discussed and treated together as they are closely related, and similar mechanisms are involved in causing their symptoms. The mechanisms include specific immune cells and immune chemicals such as histamine. In simple terms, hay fever, allergies and asthma are caused by our body over-reacting to a harmless trigger, eg, cold air, or dust. It is that “over-reacting” induced reactions which cause the symptoms of asthma, hay fever and allergies. It is like a “false alarm went off”.

Definition                               WomenOpenArmSunDP434

It is an hypersensitivity reaction to a triggering agent that is normally harmless.

Accompanying signs & symptoms

Breathing difficulties, cough, wheezing, productions of mucus or phlegm in the airway, itchy eyes, nose or skin, skin rashes, blocked or running nose, sneezing…etc.

Possible Causes

The immune system over-reacting to a triggering factor
Weak/dysfunctional immune system

Physiological Mechanisms

From the western medical perspective, allergies and hay fever are caused by over-reactive false immune responses.

From a Chinese medicine perspective, such immune incompetence are the result of a weak body defence or in Chinese medical jargon, “Qi” deficiency. As our body’s defence act to protect us from viral and bacterial invasion, when our body’s defence is weakened, we become vulnerable to colds and flu, in the meantime, the body also fails to distinguish between real and false threats. As the result, the body over-reacts to factors such as temperature changes, dust mite and pollen.

Treatment Modalities

Specialty Acupuncture treatment & Chinese herbal treatment

How do Acupuncture & Chinese herbs work?

Acupuncture & Chinese medicine treat hay fever and sinus by involving the following mechanisms:
Reducing the level of harmful hormones in the body which often suppress the normal immune response.
Restoring the balance of hormonal regulation in the body
Reducing the stress of the body
Regulating the distorted immune function
Activating the immune system
Promoting detoxification of the body
Improving one’s energy, vitality and overall wellbeing

Health Advice

Reduce the intake of caffeine and cigarette smoking
Eat a balance diet
Establish a regular eating habit
Encourage moderate, regular and outdoor exercises