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text 2020-06-23 07:30
8 Tips by Expert Acupuncturists on Managing Hay Fever

 

If you are one of the people who doesn’t like spring and summer, it has likely to do with hay fever symptoms. As wildflowers, trees and grasses bloom in the warm weather, allergy sufferers tend to become more alert. 

 

Inhalant allergies are more common than you think. They sell trouble for people that cannot handle the pollen, triggering allergic rhinitis, or the way that experts call it – hay fever. If you are suffering from such allergy, you may have noticed that the symptoms are worse on windy and dry days. However, you should know that there are ways to make things easier, following in the tips below: 

 

  • Consider acupuncture – one unlikely way to combat the symptoms of hay fever is acupuncture. Those with pollen allergies find that a session of acupuncture often eases the symptoms. Acupuncture is a treatment that revolves around tiny needles being inserted into specific acupuncture points. Some of these points work to release the pressure on the immune system, which is at the root of hay fever. It has no negative side effects, making it a convenient tool in the battle against this dreaded condition. If you want the best results, it is a good idea to consult with an acupuncturist who has some experience treating people with hay fever. Discover more about acupuncture for hay fever in London.

 

  • Turn on the AC and keep your windows open – on a more practical note, you should try to limit the amount of pollen that makes it into your home by closing the window. Forget about using fans – they simply stir up the particles and blow them up in the air. Instead, rely on your air conditioning, including the one in your car, to circulate air. 

 

  • Employ some air filters – don’t forget to clean the air conditioning vents regularly, as these tend to capture a good deal of dust particles. Employ some HEPA filters to better the air quality in your home. 

 

  • A dehumidifier can also help – dehumidifiers are good against mould and mildew, especially if you place them in an area that is prone to such. Don’t forget to clean them regularly, especially their air-drying devices. Before you store your clothes, air them out. 
  • Maybe a walk in the forest is not the place to be – while it is most certainly sad that you cannot enjoy nature at a time it is most beautiful, perhaps it is for the best stay away from wooded areas. The pollen levels there are greater, which can exacerbate allergy symptoms. You should try to enjoy nature from a safe distance. 

 

  • Stay indoors on hot, windy days – the pollen counts in the air increase exponentially when the wind is the forecast. After all, these are light particles, which can easily be carried around on windy days. Consult the forecast and keep yourself at home on such days. 

  • Consider a face mask – this may feel a little awkward, but it is a great way to keep yourself safe from pollen. Sometimes even a simple painter’s mask can do the trick. 

 

  • Take a shower after coming home – to wash off the accumulated pollen, you should take a quick shower. It is an effective way to reduce the particles on yourself. 

Evidently, there is much you can do against hay fever symptoms. Always consider safe treatment options like acupuncture, which tend to provide some relief. Consult with your doctor on what treatment or acupuncturist they can recommend and go for it. 

 

© The Acupuncturist Ltd 

 

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text 2019-10-22 09:16
5 Tips on How to Prepare your Child for Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture is a fantastic treatment, which is gaining more and more popularity in recent days. That is because it works so well against a variety of illnesses and conditions that would otherwise require serious treatment. It turns out this Traditional Chinese Medicine practice provides the perfect remedy for stress without any side effects. 

 

It should come as no surprise then that experts are now recommending acupuncture for children. The treatment can work for young ones with various conditions: headaches, inflammation and anxiety. But even though you understand the benefits, your child may only see the risks. When you consider the fact that acupuncture features needles, it is easy to know why young ones may not be exactly thrilled by the idea. If you wish to go easy on them, you can follow certain tips, outlined in this article: 

 

1. Explain the process to them

If your child is old enough to understand, you should explain the process of acupuncture to them. There is no point in bringing them to the acupuncturist without them knowing a thing about acupuncture. They will likely be scared, and you will have a difficult time calming them down. Do your best to explain the process of acupuncture first, and don’t forget to describe how it is going to help them with their problem. The acupuncturist can do this as well, especially if they have experience working with children. 

 

2. Introduce them to the acupuncturist

A lot of children feel scared by doctors because they associate their visits there with something unpleasant. While acupuncture is a medical treatment, it is not exactly a typical one. You should do your best to introduce your child to the acupuncturist and have them discuss the problems and how the treatment is going to work. Some acupuncturists specialise in work with children, so there will be no problem for them to explain the process in a simple, even interesting, manner to your child so that there is no anxiety. 

 

3. Address the needle issue

There is hardly any child that feels at ease when it comes to needles. They associate the word with pain and unpleasant medical procedures, such as shots. However, there is a huge difference between the needles used for shots and the needles used in acupuncture. The latter are super thin and bend to the touch. There is hardly any pain that they cause. Make sure to explain this to your child and show them. Literally, show them what a needle looks like by asking the acupuncturist to insert one. 

 

4. Refer to needling as tapping

There is certain painful connotation to the word ‘needling.’ To ease your child, you should refer to the process as ‘tapping.’ That is one of the universal tips that acupuncturists use when it comes to working with children. Normally, the acupuncturist will do a series of gentle taps before they insert the needle. This process relaxes the child and removes the fear of needles. 

 

5. Don’t be too pushy, if your child doesn’t want to try it

You can insist too much on this matter. Do your best to explain what acupuncture is all about, but if your child remains apprehensive, don’t be too pushy. Talk with your acupuncturist and discuss if there are any other options available, which will hopefully not cause as much turmoil. 

 

As you can see, there are a few things you can do to prepare your child for acupuncture, and ensure they get the most of the treatment. 

 

© The Acupuncturist Ltd

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text 2019-04-10 17:53
The Main Concepts of Acupuncture you Need to Know

 

Acupuncture is a practice that falls in the category of Traditional Chinese medicine. As such, it uses several concepts, which serve to explain the world around and the human body’s functions. It creates a ready solution for many of the mental and physical issues that trouble the people of today. If you wish to test the acupuncture treatment, you will find the following concepts quite interesting:

The energy of Qi (pronounced Chee)

This is a concept that stands as the foundation of Chinese medicinal thinking. Even though it is fundamental to the understanding of the East, there is no exact translation to serve a Western mind. Qi is the force that activates all of the vital functions and processes in the human body. It exists with the five main functions that each of us performs in their life: movement, heat, transformation and vitality. If you want to look at Qi in another, more cosmic scale, it is basically the principle behind all life and movement. An ancient Chinese proverb states that the human body can possibly survive days without water and weeks without food, but it will not live a single second without Qi.

There are actually different types of Qi, which the Chinese medicine distinguishes between. Some Qi is in the body, while some are in the environment (Air and Earth Qi, respectively). In particular, the human body possesses prenatal and postnatal Qi (Yuan and Zong). Yuan is all about what humans acquire from their parents – genetics if you wish. It shapes every aspect of a person’s history, heritage and constitution. Zong Qi is all about the Essence of Food and Grain Qi (Gu), as well as Air Qi (Kong).

Because traditional Chinese medicine is function-based, it pays close attention to the organs, the physiological systems and their interrelationship.

Meridians

Did you know there are more than 800 acupuncture points in the human body? What most of them have in common is that they align with the meridians. These are basically energy pathways, connecting to the body’s major organs: Yin (lungs, spleen, pericardium, kidneys, liver) and Yang organs (gallbladder, triple burner, bladder, small and large intestine). 8 of the most important meridians function solely to regulate the flow of Qi.

Many things can block the flow of Qi – stress, trauma or an external cause. This creates a blockage in the meridians, congestion upstream of the meridian and deficiency downstream of the blockage. Acupuncture aims to remove this blockage by targeting the affected meridians and fixing the functions of the related organs.

Yin and Yang theory

This is an ancient philosophy, according to which the universe evolved from an empty state (Wuji) to a state of movement (Taiji) via the principles of Yin and Yang. The main principle is Yang, which serves to create and generate, while Yin maintains and nourishes. Both are complementary and highly relative, meaning that everything is neither one of them, except when related to another.

The 5 elements theory

The Chinese cosmology classifies 5 elements of nature: wood, earth, metal, fire and water. These interact with each other; sometimes in beneficial ways, sometimes in a conflicting manner. When they are related to the human body, the elements characterise the functions of the different organs. As a dysfunction appears, it is the interaction among the elements that are assessed. For instance, if someone has a problem with their heart, they may benefit from a treatment of their kidneys.

All of these concepts are very important to Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is what acupuncture is part of. The next time you do an acupuncture session, you will know more what it is all about.

For more interesting information on the matter, seek out The Acupuncturist Ltd.

 

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