It’s time to give hay fever the needle
Now is the time to rid yourself of the misery of hay fever for good – and acupuncture is a brilliantly effective way to do it.
Who’d have thought we’d be basking in temperatures of more than 20C before we’d even slammed the door on February? The month renowned for ice and snow, and which gave us the Beast from the East last year signed off in 2019 with weather that we normally associate with May and June.
While the warm days gave rise to some concerns – largely around its impact on hibernating wildlife animals which may now need to cope with lower temperatures they’d normally sleep through – very few people would say they haven’t been welcome.
One thing that won’t be welcome when these balmy temperatures start to return in late spring and early summer is the return of the hay fever epidemic that accompany them each year.
That hasn’t been a problem in this recent wonderful meteorological blip because they haven’t stuck around long enough to force the early production of the grass, plant and tree pollens that are mainly responsible for causing people to suffer (in some cases, dust can cause the condition, too).
It’s estimated that around 13 million people in the UK suffer with hay fever, translating into an awful lot of misery and, last year, a shortage of Piriton and other antihistamine treatments.
Anyone who has hay fever knows how miserable it is to live with. And if you don’t have it, then it’s impossible to imagine just how unpleasant it can be. Itchy, sore eyes, runny nose, sneezing, congestion, tightness in the chest, hoarseness, headaches – unpleasant is really an understatement!
Some people consider a hay fever episode to be nothing more than a bad cold with bells on.
But when you realise a common cold lasts somewhere between 3 and 9 days, depending on where you start the measurement (old wisdom has it that a cold is three days coming, three days here and three days going) and hay fever lasts as long as you’re exposed to the allergens – but typically several weeks – you begin to see the scale of the problem.
What’s more, hay fever is really bad for business. A 2017 survey by the charity Allergy UK estimated the condition can become so bad that around 3 million British workers are signed off work each year due to the severity of the symptoms.
The cost of that to UK productivity and profit? An eye-watering £7.1 billion.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that if you suffer with hay fever but act now, acupuncture could help you to be free of hay fever completely before the pollens arrive on the gentle spring winds later this year.
Hay fever (or Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, to give it its medical name) is the result of pollen or dust inflaming the mucus membranes of the eyes and nose and the underlying cause of pollen and dust allergies, as well as some other allergies, can often be attributed to an imbalance in the ‘kidney energy’.
The way we treat hay fever here at The Acupuncturists therefore uses state of the art technology together with traditional ancient medicinal methods to treat the source of the problem rather than its symptoms (which is how clinical medicine generally deals with hay fever).
If you’d like to learn more about our amazingly effective hay fever treatments, please have a look at the section of our website that deals with hay fever.
And if you want to be rid of the summer torment that hay fever brings – or you know someone who does – get in touch for a confidential chat. And if you’re interested in how we can help your business to reduce staff absence due to hay fever, we’d be delighted to talk to you about our corporate support services.