Acupuncture and acupressure both work on the principle that applying pressure to specific key body points can improve health and wellbeing.
They work on the principle that an illness or condition, including allergies like hayfever, is due to a blockage, or disruption in the flow of energy along the lines in the body. Stimulation of the key pressure points helps release the blockage so allowing the energy to flow freely and return the body back to its natural balance.
Acupuncture and acupressure target the same points on the body. These include the back, neck, hands and feet.
Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. It uses fine needles to apply pressure.
Acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands, and sometimes feet. There are new bands which hold a specially shaped button on the elbow which are designed to help reduce hayfever symptoms. Since the point they apply pressure to is called Qu-Chi, the band takes its name from that point.
Benefits of acupuncture and acupressure include strengthening the immune system and helping to regulate the body’s immune response.
You might also benefit from having more energy as a result of acupressure or acupuncture treatment. This could be a bonus if you find hayfever and drugs for hayfever leave you feeling lethargic or sleepy.
Researchers don’t fully understand how acupuncture and acupressure work. They might aid the activity of your body’s pain-killing chemicals. They might also affect how you release chemicals that regulate blood pressure and blood flow. They are thought to boost the body’s immunity and therefore help to reduce the immune response to an allergen.
According to some practitioners, nasal congestion, discharge, and itching can be relieved during the first acupuncture treatment, and lasting relief from hay fever symptoms can be achieved in up to six treatments.
Studies have been done that show acupuncture works well for people suffering from arthritis. There are some studies to show that both acupuncture or acupressure work for hayfever sufferers.
Despite no scientific evidence as to the benefits of acupuncture and acupressure can be helpful to hayfever sufferers,and there is a considerable amount of anecdotal evidence to say they are good, natural hayfever treatments.
Acupuncture and acupressure should be safe if they are performed by a registered and fully trained practitioner.
The British Council of Acupuncture is the regulatory body for acupuncturists in the UK. You can find a local, registered practitioner through their website at www.acupuncture.org.uk