Qu Chi acupressure band for hayfever

Qu Chi band - a natural remedy for hayfeverI’ve had hayfever since I was 7. Back then I took various antihistamines, steroids, eye drops and nasal sprays. The toxic drugs were awful; they may well have reduced the symptoms, but they made me feel like a zombie and I hate to think about what all those chemicals did to my little liver.

As I grew older I looked for more alternative, natural ways to cope with hayfever, such as change of diet, herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, reiki and even trying to look at any deep beliefs that might be supporting an ‘I’m a hayfever sufferer’ mentality.

Qu-chi Acupressure Band

This year I was challenged to try something different by Andrew Broch. Andrew is the inventor of the Qu-chi Acupressure Band; which is based on Acupressure (that’s acupuncture without the scary needles).

He sent me a funky looking band to wear around my arm. Positioned correctly, the band exerts gentle pressure on a specific acupuncture point known as Qu-Chi (pronounced kyoo- chee). Stimulating this point has been shown to reduce your sensitivity to external pathogens.

My pattern over the past few years with hayfever, means that June is the worst season. Andrew advised me to wear the band in advance to my known ‘hayfever season’ and I’ve been wearing it for the past month, day and night.

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My hayfever symptoms are (in order of severity, frustration and desire to get rid of):

  • Blocked nose at night which prevents me sleeping
  • Very itchy eyes that become red, swollen, bloodshot and sore
  • Intensely itchy Eustachian tubes and throat; leading to sore throat
  • Alternating runny and blocked nose during the day
  • Acute sneezing fits which leave me exhausted

At the end of the first week of using the Qu Chi band, I’d noticed some significant changes. Bear in mind that I’ve had hayfever for 30 years and nothing has done much to relieve the symptoms.

qu-chi-acupressure-hayfever-band-andrew brochItchy eyes

By the end of the first week my eyes had not been itchy once – this was amazing. Usually by now I look permanently drunk, the skin around my eyes is sore to the touch, the area underneath my eyes hangs like saddlebags and I spend most of the time with itchy eyes.

Make up is a no-no and this week I even managed to wear eye liner a couple of times with no ill effects! Yee ha!

Sneezing fits

I haven’t had a sneezing fit. Well, actually I had one. We were out in the car; it was hot, the windows were open and I sneezed violently about 15 times in a row. But you know the amazing thing? I got home, and there on the side of the bath was the Qu Chi band! I’d taken it off when having a wash and forgotten to put it back on again. I was very impressed with that.

The itching in my eustacian tubes and throat is there, but so far not as bad as previous years.

Blocked nose

The one symptom that remains, although to a lesser degree, is the blocked nose at night. Unfortunately, this is still preventing me from sleeping, which is the main thing I was hoping would change. By the middle of June I’m totally worn out as I wake up every hour throughout the night.

But to be honest, if my days are more comfortable, and I don’t have to contend with the sore eyes and tiring sneezing fits as well, then I just might be able to manage. And, to be fair, one evening this week we had a friend to visit and I didn’t go to bed until 1am. I slept all the way through ’til 5am, so that was nice. (but ya know, 4 hours sleep, isn’t really enough, even for me!)

Natural remedies

Next week, I’m going to add a couple more things to my repertoire. I’m going to:

  • use Haymax
  • Pull my air steamer out of hibernation and burn eucalyptus oil in there throughout the night.
  • I’ve also cut butter out of my diet, so the only dairy product I eat is yogurt – I’m not prepared to give that up.

I’ll report back next week and let you know how I’m getting on!

I would love to trial the band on its own to see what changes it can help with; in order to give a very objective review, but to be honest, when you get to this stage, you just want the symptoms to be gone.

So far so good though, with an estimated 60% reduction in severity of symptoms by using the Qu Chi band, this is getting the thumbs up from me.

What about you? Have you used an acupressure band for hayfever – how did you get on?


  1. Robson De Winter-Stroud on June 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I suffered all my adult life and my GP couldn’t help.

    This product changed my life and I can now go running and cycling without feeling nauseous and suffering all the streaming.

  2. Mrs Green on June 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Robson, welcome to the site and thank you for taking time to comment. It’s great to hear another positive report for the Qu Chi bands – how long have you been using it and have ALL your symptoms disappeared?

  3. Wilson Pon on June 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Mrs. Green, the word, “Qu-Chi Acupressure” sounds like a very interesting thing to me. I might have a peek on it, and maybe I can recommend it to my friend who suffering from hay fever since childhood…

  4. Mrs Green on June 18, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Hi 🙂 please do recommend it to your friend; a 60% reduction in symptoms for something so non-invasive and easy to use, has to be worth a go. Don’t forget to get your friend to quote ‘green’ to get 20% off the list price 🙂

  5. Hay fever on July 15, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Children are more prone to get infection. Hay fever can occur during the spring and summer season and usually due to a reaction to pollen from flowers, grasses and trees. There are some remedies which can cure it like, local unfiltered honey is the most curative method, also liquorice, Steam inhalation with water infused with essential oils like Peppermint and Chamomile is good. Drink goat ,sheep milk or hemp milk. Don’t allow children to play near freshly mown lawns. To get knowledge on infant hay fever symptoms and tips, refer http://www.zippy-health.com/effectual-cures-to-infant-hay-fever/

  6. Mrs Green on July 26, 2009 at 11:28 am

    @Hay fever: Thank you for all your suggestions; they look great.
    I was a bit taken aback when you began with “Children are more prone to get infection” – what makes you say that?

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  8. Keira on March 22, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Hi, I live in Canada, and I suffer terribly from allergies, it just seems to get worse and worse every year. I really want to try the Qu chi Band (im getting desperate!) but I cant seem to find it for sale in canada, and most of the online UK sites wont ship to canada – Can anyone help me?

    Thank you

  9. Andrew on March 22, 2010 at 9:17 am


    Hi Kiera,

    I just spoke to Healthcare4all and they confirmed that they sell to Canada.


    Kind regards

  10. musab nadeem on July 5, 2010 at 6:31 am

    hey, to be honest this post sounds a bit like a sales pitch, doesn’t help that you know the inventor. but anyways I have got a band too, but only had it for like 2 days, will report back and let you know how i get on! ps so far so good

  11. Mrs Green on July 6, 2010 at 6:52 am

    @musab nadeem: A sales pitch? Well there is nothing in it for me at all by sharing my discovery about this band. I don’t make any money and I’m not an affiliate. Yes I know the inventor, but that does not sway my report on my findings as you can see – I gave it 60%, not 100% 😉

    Let me know how things go long term with the band; I hope it works for you and offers you relief from your symptoms.