It is that time of the year again folks, Hay-fever season can lead to irritation of the sinus cavities. It can cause havoc and disruption to our lives so I thought I would share some handy tips on how to manage these conditions and also boost your immune system at the same time.
So of course the first on the list has to be…..
In most cases, very fine needles will be placed in the back of the head, around the sinuses and a couple of points on the forearms and lower legs. I have seen great results, in clinic and personally, from acupuncture to clear congested sinuses and provide relief from pressure pain. In fact this is how I ended up changing career to become an acupuncturist! Moxibustion is also used and is great at drying up the sinuses.
These are a great option for something you can do at home. I myself use Neil Med sinus rinse that is available in most chemists, you can get a starter kit that comes with 15 sachets. There is also Sterimer which comes premixed and in a pressurised container. They are used to wash the nasal passages using mild salt water solution.
This needs to be done daily but the results can be fantastic. I can show you how to do this and the massage takes about 10 minutes only and it is a great way to start the day and also to help you just before you go to sleep. Areas massaged are usually around the sinuses, the forehead, scalp and hands.
Essential oil steam inhalation
Eucalyptus, Thyme or Rosemary can all be used as they are pungent and clearing oils. You can place a couple of drops of oil into hot water, then cover your head with a towel to create a ‘tent’ around the bowl, close your eyes and breathe deeply.
Diet & Nutrition:
Foods to avoid: Limit dairy intake as this can add to phlegm and by limiting/avoiding dairy it can often provide relief for hay-fever, sinusitis, post-nasal drip and even cough or asthma. Inflammatory and acidic foods like red meat, refined wheat, e.g. white breads and pasta, sugar, salt, fatty & processed foods and also reduce citrus fruit.
Foods to include:
Anti-inflammatory foods like flaxseed, olive oil, goat’s milk, green vegetables, parsley, macadamia nuts, green tea, oily fish such as cod, salmon, tuna, mackerel, anchovies and sardines. Spices like Turmeric & soya products
An interesting little fact:
Did you know that Green Tea, which is rich in catechins can exert anti-allergy effects?
If you would like any more information then please feel free to contact Niamh at Anam Mai Acupuncture to discuss how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine could help you and your family.
Niamh Muldowney, owner, Anam Mai Acupuncture