Hay fever and pollen allergy
Hay Fever: The immune system goes haywire
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. Allergy means "hypersensitivity". In Western medicine an excessive immune system response to harmless, foreign substances is meant. In the case of hay fever, they are wind-pollinated plants, pollen. What's wrong with the immune system? The immune system protects humans against pathogens such as Viruses and bacteria. Come harmless substances (pollen) in contact with the nasal mucosa, so the immune system normally hardly reacts on it. This is for hay fever-stricken people different. Their immune system responds to inhaled pollen with inflammation - allergic Rhinitis. Runny nose, sneezing, and itchy and watery eyes are the typical symptoms of the pollen allergy. The pollen season begins in January with hazel and alder plants. In the spring the ash and birch happen and from mid-year the grasses. For the treatment a desensitization can be recommended to those affected. With the procedure the immune system of the person affected shall get used to the pollen. Often people with hay fever get the advice to avoid the pollen. This makes little sense, since pollen fly everywhere, where the wind they carries.
Using acupuncture for allergies
The TCM leads to hay fever (allergic rhinitis) to a the penetration of wind or heat in the Body. There will be a "energetic fullness" with the typical wind symptoms: sneezing and a runny or stuffy nose. In TCM, the hay fever is the named "Bi Yuan" (pronounced Biyän), which translates as "nose pond". Since the hay fever is an allergy, the TCM specialist considers also the immune system of those who are affected. It has to be brought into balance. In TCM, not everyone has the same causes for hay fever. Depending on the symptoms one distinguishes different syndromes: Wind on the surface, Wind-Heat in the lungs, liver or kidney fire Yin and Jing deficiency. A careful survey of the Concerned supplemented by pulse and tongue diagnosis, brings light to it. Numerous studies about hay fever document the effect of acupuncture in this allergic disease. Therapy should begin a few weeks before the pollen season. The aim of acupuncture against hay fever is to reduce the tendency to allergic reactions or even eliminate them. In addition to acupuncture also the herbal medicine helps as well as an adaptation of the diet.