Friday, 25 July 2014

Qu-Chi Acupressure Band For Hay Fever And Allergic Rhinitis

I am always interested to learn about drug-free options for allergic rhinitis. Those of you who have been following my blog for some time know that I lean towards the natural way of treatment. That is not to say that I totally shun my antihistamine medication. I take it only when my allergic rhinitis is very severe and debilitating, with the natural remedies failing to work their magic. Thankfully, I have not taken them in a long time. So long that I can't even remember when was the last time I took it! That said, I still have the occasional sneezing fits and running nose, but these symptoms are bearable and go away on their own after awhile.


Recently, I came across the Qu-Chi acupressure band that is developed to work for hay fever and allergic rhinitis. It is a band that can be worn on either arm around the elbow. Designed and developed in the UK by a fully qualified acupuncture and acupressure practitioner, this product is registered with the Medicines Health Regulatory Agency (MRHA) as a Class 1 medical product.

So how does it work?
In short, the Qu-Chi is a point in the large intestine meridian that has been used by acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. This point is useful in treating the nasal and eye symptoms of rhinitis. By wearing the Qu-Chi band, it stimulates the acupressure point which in turn can help ease breathing problems and sinus issues.

According to their website, these are the benefits of Qu-Chi acupressure band:

  • Drug Free, natural product
  • Can be used with other medication and even 24 hours a day. Can be used all year round too.
  • Does not cause drowsiness
  • Fast acting
  • Suitable for all ages (note: Do not use during pregnancy)

My thoughts
I did not use this product, but found it interesting by the way it is developed to work. It works in the principle of acupressure/acupuncture in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which I am a firm believer in. There are also some good reviews on it (more reviews at amazon.uk)  If I saw this product a few years ago when my allergic rhinitis condition was still horrible, I would definitely have given this a try. It is a light weighted product and given the inexpensive price tag (you can buy from Amazon), it is worth a try if hay fever or allergic rhinitis has been giving you a lot of misery.

My logic whenever I want to try something new is this: what can you lose? In this case, the band cost about the same or maybe even less than your antihistamine medicine. If it works, you can toss out your medicine for good (who likes to take medicine anyway??) If it doesn't, it is ok. I take it as spending a small amount to buy a chance for a natural relief of a permanent health issue.

The one thing to note with this product is that it is important you position the band correctly as it works based on the acupressure point. So if your band is mis-aligned, you may not find it effective. You can read here on how to position the Qu-Chi band.

If anyone has tried this before, I would love to hear your experience with this product. Feel free to get in touch with me or leave comments here.