As much as we crave the warmness of spring during the cold, wet winter months, the season of flowers and bees can be an absolute nightmare for allergy sufferers. For those people, spring means four long months of sneezing, watery eyes, and stuffy noses, which will make going outside and frolicking through the tulips next to impossible.

On its own, hay fever is hardly a serious condition, but it affects about 20 per cent of the population at some time in their lives and, at its worst, it can drive even the most outdoorsy people to seal themselves in the house with the doors and windows shut. At its worst, hay fever can also cause hoarseness, itching in the throat and headaches. So, it comes as no surprise to discover that irritability and insomnia can also be symptoms experienced by someone who suffers with the condition!

Acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of hay fever and its symptoms because it treats the individual as a whole, rather than the symptoms a patient might be presenting. This holistic approach is a fundamental principle of all ancient Chinese medicine. As with most conditions we treat with acupuncture, the root cause of the issue is not often to be found in the parts of the body worst affected by hay fever – so when we perform the treatment, we don’t just concentrate on the nose and eyes.