Acupressure S.O.S. for Hayfever
Published 16th April 2020
Hurrah! The sunshine is finally here after many, many long months in the darkness. The trees are full of beautiful blossom and the grass is growing. But whilst most of the country is enjoying the outdoors, you are sat inside dreading the start of the hay fever season. Sore, red, hot eyes, streaming nose, non-stop sneezing and that awful itching at the back of your throat.
I suffered with Hayfever from the age of about 7. Yet two years ago it pretty much stopped. I can’t explain why and I’d like to think that it is because I am healthier, fitter and practice acupuncture. My lungs are definitely stronger and my diet is far better.
But, for many years I dreaded going outside in the summer months because I appeared to be completely allergic to it. This wasn’t easy growing up in the middle of the countryside and I was dosed up on all kinds of medications and nasal sprays. So I understand what it feels like to spend most of your summer washing your face in cool water, pouring eye drops in and washing contact lenses out.
The TCM view
The symptoms of hay fever are usually considered in Traditional Chinese Medicine, to be a result of an invasion of wind heat, affecting the Lungs. This invasion obstructs the nose and impairs the diffusing and descending function of the Lung Qi.
It is the job of the Wei Qi (similar to the western immune system) to protect the body from such invasions. So for a longer term plan, a TCM practitioner would look to strengthen the Wei Qi, by nourishing the spleen. (For more information on this, you can take a look at my blog about strengthening the Wei Qi).
As mentioned, it is the function of the Lungs to disperse the Wei Qi around the body properly. The Lung Qi is also meant to descend down the body, where it is grasped and anchored down by the Kidneys. So if the Lung Qi is going upwards (rebellious Qi), in the wrong direction, this would manifest as coughing and sneezing. Therefore, in order to reduce sneezing, we must strengthen the Kidneys as well as the Lungs.
Acupressure points can help
Ideally, to eliminate your hayfever symptoms, a course of acupuncture would be recommended. However, given the social distancing measures in place to combat Covid-19, a self-administered acupressure treatment is currently the best option available. Use a firm pressure to massage the point, for between 40 seconds to 1 minute. For children and the elderly, use a gentler pressure for approx 30 seconds.
I’ve uploaded a video to YouTube showing you how to give yourself this treatment. Just click here to view it.
To clear a blocked, congested nose. Massage firmly on both sides adjacent to the nostril.
To help clear and calm the eyes. Massage this point on the inner point of both eyebrows.
This point is about a finger’s width back from the hairline. Clears the eyes and the nose. Calms the mind.
Known as an ‘extra-ordinary” point in the middle of the eyebrows, this clears heat from the eyes, unblocks the nose. It’s also very calming.
The Kidney source point is on the inside of the ankle. Half way between the medial malleolus (ankle bone) and the achilles tendon. Use this to strengthen Kidneys which anchor the Lung Qi and improve sneezing.
Regular Repetition Reaps Rewards!
Hopefully these acupressure points will begin to ease your symptoms. You will need to do them 2- 3 times a day, every day. The more often you can incorporate them into your daily routine, the better results you should get. Obviously, make sure your face and hands are washed before you start. You don’t want to be moving more pollen around your face.
I hope they help. I am offering free Zoom consultations at the moment if you’d like to have a chat about how I can help you. Just book in online here.
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