With the arrival of the hot weather this weekend, the pollen count is at its highest. This means misery for many hay fever suffers. Let's take a look at what causes hay fever and if there is anything we can do to lesson the affects.
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen and typical symptoms include itchy eyes, blocked or runny nose, sneezing fits and breathing problems. Some people react in a similar way to house dust and animals such as cats, dogs and horses. In England alone, there may be over 10 million people with hay fever. 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.
Why is hay fever more common than years ago?
The general increase in hay fever 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.
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.
The role of conventional medicine
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 Chunsoo 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 Chunsoo Treatments last?
Jung Shim recommend a serious of six Chunsoo 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
The Jung Shim method originated in South Korea more than 40 years ago and it draws on the use of traditional Eastern medicine and Qi (energy) for modern day issues.
The practice helps release unnecessary thoughts and worries by regaining our connection to our original energy source. In a very busy world where stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue are commonplace, it is seeing huge benefits with people’s emotional health and wellbeing.
Participants describe feeling more positive and calm with a greater sense of clarity.