Amanda Cox | Acupuncture Melbourne

Allergies / Hay fever

Allergies / Hay fever and Acupuncture & Herbs

Hay fever, allergies, or allergic rhinitis effect around 10-40% of the population worldwide.

Acupuncture may help to relieve pain and congestion in people with allergic rhinitis by:

  • regulating levels of IgE and cytokines, mediators of the allergic reaction to extrinsic allergens (Ng 2004; Rao 2006; Roberts 2008);

  • reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Zijlstra 2003; Kavoussi 2007);

  • enhancing natural killer cell activities and modulating the number and ratio of immune cell types (Kawakita 2008);

  • increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling.

  • stimulating nerves leading to the release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors (Pomeranz, 1987; Han 2004; Zhao 2008; Cheng 2009);Amanda works with acupuncture throughout all trimesters in pregnancy.