As allergy medications often have unpleasant side effects, sufferers will be relieved to learn a new hayfever-fighting product based on acupressure points is now available.
The Qu-Chi acupressure band has been developed by acupuncturist Andrew Broch and works by applying pressure to a specific acupuncture point on the arm, known as the Qu-Chi point, also known as Large Intestine 11 (Li-11).
The placebo controlled crossover trials which led to the bands certification as a Class 1 medical device in the U.K. have shown it is fast acting, does not cause drowsiness (unlike antihistamine drugs), is suitable for people of all ages and can be worn at night.
It can also be used all year to aid the treatment of non-hayfever allergic rhinitis.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer a real solution to the problems that millions of hayfever and allergic rhinitis sufferers face every year,” says Broch.
There is also a host of herbal supplements and remedies that sufferers may choose from.
For example, quercetin, a plant-derived bioflavonoid, helps stabilize mast cells and prevents them from releasing histamine, according to MotherEarthNews.com.
Good sources of quercentin include citrus fruits, onions, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce and wine, but according to the source allergy sufferers will most likely need to use nutritional supplements to build up enough of this compound to prevent attacks.