Thursday, 28 November 2013

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Allergic Rhinitis (Part 4)

This is Part 4 and also the last part of the series on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and allergic rhinitis. I hope you have a better understanding of how TCM works on allergic rhinitis condition after reading this series. In case you have missed the earlier parts: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. In this last series, we will take a look at how we can use Acupressure to provide relief for allergic rhinitis over time. 


ACUPRESSURE AND ALLERGIC RHINITIS 
Away from the treatment room, you can try some acupressure on your hand or by your nose. It’s not as effective as with a needle but it may give you some relief.


Hegu




Fengchi

Yingxiang

Use the pictures as a general guide to help you locate the points, and then feel for where it feels sore. Press down for 30 seconds to a minute, firmly but not so hard that you leave a fingernail mark.

Acupuncture may not seem like the most practical way to relieve allergic rhinitis and it does take dedication and commitment from the patient but what many find is that over time, the course of treatment shortens i.e. around the third consecutive year of treatment they may require fewer treatments or the symptoms are less severe.

Credit: Images from A Manual of Acupuncture with acupressure indications by Ka Hang Leoungk

More about Ka Hang Leoungk: Ka Hang practices traditional acupuncture at the renowned Hale Clinic near Regent’s Park in central London, and Neal’s Yard Remedies on King’s Road, Chelsea. She trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Middlesex University in the UK, and completed a Bachelor of Medicine from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. She is a Registered Acupuncturist, member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) and one of few practitioners in the UK to use the Balance Method style of acupuncture. She is also an Academic Associate of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) You can find her on her websiteFacebook and Twitter.