Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis (perennial and seasonal) affects around 10-40% of the population worldwide, and can have a substantial health and economic impact on the community. The condition can affect several organ systems, and cause many symptoms. Typical symptoms include sneezing, nasal itching, nasal blockage, and watery nasal discharge.

To see how acupuncture might be useful to you, take a look at the following factsheet compiled by the British Acupuncture Council.


Allergic rhinitis can be like a dripping tap

Why Don’t You Stick It Where It Hurts?

My acupuncture patients often ask “why don’t you put the needles where the pain is”. Why don’t you stick it where it hurts?

The answer I give is that the body is ‘plumbed’ with acupuncture channels. You may like to think of these as ‘highways’ connecting  several different places. The majority of these channels go vertically – from head to toe or from head to fingertip.

As an example, someone may come to the clinic for the relief of migraines.  My first course of action may well be to insert ultra-fine needles into points on the feet and legs. ‘But why not treat the head where it hurts?’ I hear you ask. The channel usually associated with migraines starts on the temple, zig-zags its way around the side of the head and then travels down the body to the feet, rather as a river finds its way to the sea. By stimulating a foot point we can draw the migraine down and away from the head. Patients usually find this to be very effective.

Of course I may then supplement this with points around the head, but the key message here is that the most effective treatment points are often those furthest away from the affected area.


Why don’t you stick it where it hurts?

The Bloke’s Guide To Pregnancy

One of my patient’s brought this book to my attention. “You should let people know about this – it is really good”.  Here is what the publisher says:-

This book takes a ‘warts and all’ sensible yet humorous look at the many stages of pregnancy. It explores the changes, physical and emotional, that any man can expect to see in his partner and in their relationship over the coming months. Becoming pregnant involved two people. The rearing of a child will involve two people; there is every reason that your partner’s pregnancy should also involve the two of you, together. For any man that has been put off reading pregnancy books because he doesn’t feel he was the intended audience or that something about the tone of these books was alien to him , yet he still has questions that need answers; then The Blokes’ Guide to Pregnancy is the book he’s been looking for.  As a father himself, Jon Smith realised, when his partner Lisa became pregnant that there was nothing out there that he could relate to. The Bloke’s Guide to Pregnancy is the result.  Jon takes a comical yet informed look at the ups and downs of life as a father to be.


The Bloke’s Guide To Pregnancy

The Bloke’s Guide To Pregnancy. Published by Hay House UK (7 Jan 2004).  ISBN-10: 140190288X. Available from Amazon