Everyone looks forward to the summer – unless they suffer from hay fever! While most people are imagining months of warm, sunny days – others are dreading the onset of itchy eyes, a runny nose, and checking the pollen count daily.
Did you know though that hay fever symptoms may be alleviated by acupuncture? Tom Laverick (pictured), who works in ICT at the NCA, is just one of those who has been successfully treated, after suffering from debilitating hay fever for many years.
“I’ve suffered severely with hay fever since I was a young child,” explained Tom. “I kept being told I would grow out of it as I got older but I didn’t and, if anything, it probably worsened. I tried everything to treat it; tablets, nasal sprays, eye drops, home remedies such as eating local honey, and nothing worked. Both my parents have had acupuncture over the last couple of years and had success with it so, having exhausted all of the previous treatments, I decided to try it for myself last summer when the symptoms flared up.
“I started by having one treatment per week for three weeks to combat the symptoms I was suffering from at the time. I then had three monthly treatments to keep the symptoms at bay for the rest of the summer. I’d been told acupuncture didn’t hurt but still felt sceptical at the thought of all the needles! I honestly didn’t feel any pain though and actually found it to be a very relaxing experience.
“The success of the treatment was incredible. After just a couple of treatments, I was hardly suffering at all and it was first time I’d gone through an entire summer without having any nose bleeds, something I regularly suffered with at the height of the summer months. It really did feel like the first time I’d actually been able to enjoy summer rather than dreading it and wanting to hide inside! If anyone suffers from hay fever, I really couldn’t recommend acupuncture highly enough.”
NCA Principal, Richard Blackwell said: ”I’m delighted to hear of the impressive improvement in Tom’s hay fever symptoms. Many hay fever sufferers benefit from acupuncture, although Tom responded exceptionally well after a small number of treatments. Tom’s experience is backed up by a recent review of the research evidence published by Australian researchers which concluded that allergic rhinitis, which includes hay fever, is one of eight conditions for which there is strong evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness.”
If you suffer from hay fever and would like to try acupuncture, call 01904 343305 to book an appointment at the NCA’s teaching clinic.