Summer is finally here and we can bid farewell to cold and wet weather. But summer is not always well received, especially to those who suffer from hayfever. The hot weather means that the pollen count is at its highest and many people will have to endure months of swollen eyes and runny noses.
Hayfever is becoming more and more common, with nearly a quarter of the population suffering from it. This increase could be due to the increasing environmental toxins and pollutants which are in the environment. This combined with our exposure to household chemicals may weaken the body’s resistance which then lessens the body’s ability to control its response towards allergies.
Combine this with our hectic lives with no 'off' button, our 'human energy' levels are left depleted and many of us are running on empty.
Throughout this blog we look at what causes hay fever, what are the best remedies for lessening the pain and how Jung Shim can help.
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergy to airborne particles such as pollen and fungal spores that affects the nasal passages, eyes and lungs, causing sneezing, an itchy, runny or congested nose, watering and sore eyes, aching sinuses and a wheezy cough. The symptoms can interfere with sleep and make it hard to concentrate.
The pollen “season” is normally March to August, but it can start in January and last until November. When your symptoms start depends on whether you are allergic to tree, grass or weed pollen. Different tree species pollinate at different times and you may be much more allergic to one type of tree pollen than another. Most sufferers rely on anti-histamines to get through the pollen season.
Health complications from repeated hay fever attacks, year after year, may be an even more serious problem. Chronic sinusitis – inflammation of the sinus cavities is one of these problems. Another is nasal polyps, or growths. In addition, a significant percentage of people with hay fever have or develop asthma.
Hay Fever Symptoms
Other typical hay fever symptoms include:
- Stuffy or watery nose
- Redness, swelling and itching of the eyes
- Itching of the nose, throat and mouth
- Itching of the ears, or other ear problems
- Breathing difficulties at night due to obstruction of the nose may interfere with sleep.
These symptoms differ in degree according to the individual, ranging from mild to severe. When severe, they are very uncomfortable, making it difficult to carry out daily tasks, and may cause loss of time from work and school.
Hay fever Remedies
Conventional medicine usually uses Antihistamine to help sufferers, which blocks the body’s release of histamine, the chemical which causes allergy symptoms such as itching, sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose. Unfortunately, antihistamine drugs are only a temporarily fix and they can have side effects such as headache, constipation, drowsiness and blurred vision and they are not suitable for pregnant women.
The role of Qi energy
Clinical trials have proven that acupuncture has been proved to be an effective treatment for hay fever. This is because the body is low in energy and experiencing energy blockages which typically cause Wind-Heat in the Lung.
At Jung Shim, we provide Energy Treatments which opens the energy system by releasing blockages through pressing acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow. (It is a similar principle to acupuncture but without needles.) However, it is unique in that a breathing technique is used at the same time to intensify the treatment. This specific sound and vibration is used to open the energy channels and transmit Qi (energy) deeper into the body.
This improved energy stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and helps strengthen the body’s resistance which relieves hay fever and other allergic reactions. It is known to achieve fairly quick and lasting results.
How long do the Energy Treatments last?
Jung Shim recommend a series of six Energy Treatments to provide lasting effects however some clients experience relief from nasal congestion, discharge, and itching after the first treatment. Clients then often return once a year before they are prone to the hay fever curse to address their energy levels. Of course, there are also many other positive effects from having your 'human energy' recharged!
About Jung Shim
Jung Shim means ‘beautiful mind’. At our Jung Shim Centres our aim is to help people recharge the body and clear the mind to regain our health and wellbeing. We offer energy treatments, energy classes as well as lifestyle advice all designed to help recharge your human energy.
Come and try our classes and treatments to see how they can help you. Call 020 7462 8811 to find out more.