Natural Guide to Hay Fever

By Nicola Salmon - Acupuncturist -


It’s such a relief when Spring finally peeks its head around the corner and we start to see longer days, daffodils and  sunshine. But for those who suffer from hay fever, spring also brings red itchy eyes, lots of sneezing and exhaustion. It’s not much fun, but there is a lot you can do to help manage your symptoms and even eradicate them forever.

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen and is caused by the body’s immune system overreacting to pollen in the air. According to the NHS choices website it affects 1 in 4 people in the UK and is mainly caused by grass pollen, but different types of pollen affect different people. It affects most people between May and July.


By finding the root cause of your hay fever, your acupuncturist can help to reduce and even remove the symptoms of hay fever. A systematic review of twelve studies showed that for over 1,000 patients there was significant differences between control groups and groups using acupuncture in both cure rates and marked improvement rates. The best time to go and see your acupuncturist is in the winter to give your body time to rebalance before the pollen hits [1].

Local Honey

If your hay fever is caused by flower pollen, having a small amount of local honey daily will allow your body to be desensitised to the local pollen and normalise its reaction, according to the peas health website. This means that your body won’t overreact and your symptoms will improve. Local bee keepers recommend starting your daily honey fix at least 8 weeks before you normally start experiencing hay fever symptoms.

Barrier Cream

A barrier cream under your nose can be really effective at stopping the pollen from entering your nose, thereby reducing the symptoms. You can buy specific hay fever barrier creams such as HayMax from your local health shop or pharmacy, but something like petroleum jelly or coconut oil will work too.


When you are in the throws of sneezing and streaming eyes there are some acupressure points you can use to help reduce your symptoms.

Pressure Point 1 : LI-20


This point is found next to the side of the nose. It is useful to relieve sinus pain and nasal congestion.

Pressure Point 2: BL-2


This point is located at the beginning of the eyebrows in a little depression. It can help with red, itchy and watering eyes.

Pressure Point 3: DU-26


This point is really helpful for sneezing. It is found on the midline of the body between the nose and the upper lip. The point is two-thirds of the way above the upper lip.


1) Xiao L et al. Systematic evaluation of the randomized controlled trials about acupuncture and moxibustion treatment of allergic rhinitis. Chinese acupuncture & moxibustion 2009; 29: 512-6.


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5 Comments on “Natural Guide to Hay Fever”

  1. My 55 year old is suffering with infected sinis today now for 3 weeks and antibiotic will not help. His pain comes and goes every two hours. He appears to be allergic to grass and he was mowing on his tractor about 10 acres when this battle began. Will this subside when July comes and goes? What should he do? Already been to two doctor and one was a specialist. Thanks for any info. Joyce Coleman

  2. Hi Joyce, thanks so much for your comment. If grass is the problem, June and July are the main problem months. I would definitely recommend finding a local acupuncturist to see if they can help you. Whereabouts are you? I may be able to recommend someone for you.

  3. Wow, Thanks for sharing this blog! I had no idea acupuncture could help with hay fever. I have been suffering with hay fever for years now and tried absolutely every allergic tablets I could possibly get. Now I am ready to try anything to get rid of my hay fever. My sister goes to a physiotherapy place called Dynamic physiotherapy and they do acupuncture there. I am definitely going to try it. Thanks again for the information.

    1. So glad that you found this post useful! Good luck in trying to get your hay fever under control. You may find the allergy section of our health shop useful as we have some natural alternatives to reducing symptoms of hay fever.

    2. Hi Jan, I hope acupuncture works fantastically for your hay fever. I have seen some really superb results.

      I would definitely recommend going to see an acupuncturist trained in traditional acupuncture (In the UK, one registered with the British Acupuncture Council). Physios are fab but normally they are only trained in dry needling, which uses needles in a different way and may not be as effective for your hay fever.

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