Acupuncture in the summer

The frequency of symptoms increase as the heat and humidity rise. Acupuncture can help to bring relief to many of the summer health issues, allowing you to enjoy the warm UK weather.

Allergies

Hay fever is a common problem that affects many in the UK during the summer months. Grass and pollen allergies can make the warmest time of year a problem for sufferers. Symptoms can include itchy eyes, mucus build-up and increased irritability. Certain acupoints link to the lung, nose, throat and immune system, soothing allergy irritations and helping to regulate the body’s response to the new environment. Many people experience long term allergy relief after just one acupuncture session.

Depression

Depression is often seen as a winter disorder. Seasonal affected disorder (SAD) is often due to the lack of sunshine and low vitamin D levels, but depression does occur in the summer. Some people find it hard to cope with the excesses of summer – increased heat, activity and more sunshine. According to Chinese medicine, our drive to accomplish tasks, the pressure to enjoy every day and the increased humidity can be dampened during these months. Some may experience mood swings, fatigue and feel bloated.

Acupuncture stimulates the brain, encouraging the release of serotonin and endorphins. This can help lift the spirit and reduce stress. With regular sessions, it is believed that acupuncture can increase the body’s melatonin levels, resulting in a more relaxed sleep. Combined with exercise, the mind and body can be stimulated, this can cause the brain to naturally produce endorphins, elevating the mood.

Migraines

The increase in temperature and rise in humidity over the summer months can cause many problems for those suffering from migraines. Acupuncture treatments can regulate the brain – targeting the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal axis – as a result, these treatments can be very effective for migraine sufferers.

Diet and stress levels are also a factor for migraines, these need to be regulated in order to help relieve the sufferer. Refreshing seasonal foods including cucumber, asparagus, cherries and peaches are easily digested, making them great summer snacks. If you suffer from migraines, it is best to avoid inflammatory foods such as spiced, caffeinated or greasy products.

The increased activity and stress of summer can be helped with meditation, Tai Chi or yoga. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment, the whole body being the focus, therefore a balanced diet should also be considered for complete wellness.

Treating rosacea

Rosacea symptoms can be pushed to the limit during the rising heat and humidity of summer. Acupuncture is a treatment that is said to have a strong effect on inflammatory conditions. The treatment can reduce the inflammatory response, stimulating the brain into releasing endorphins and serotonin. These are the natural chemicals the brain releases to control stress levels.

While acupuncture can help to reduce rosacea symptoms, limited sun exposure is advised. If you are going to be exposed to the sun, always wear sunscreen and keep hydrated.

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Ellen Hoggard

Written by Ellen Hoggard

Ellen is the Content Manager for Memiah and writer for Therapy Directory and Happiful magazine.

Written by Ellen Hoggard

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