Update on Qu Chi Acupressure band for hayfever – week 3

meditating-womanI’m a week late with my hayfever update. If you remember, I’ve been trialling the Qu Chi Acupressure band.

Three weeks into the hayfever season and it’s been an appalling week. To be fair, I STILL have a 60% reduction in symptoms such as virtually no itching eyes, no violent sneezing fits but this has been undoubtedly the worst year for sleepless nights.

By Thursday last week I thought I was going to lose it. Three hours per night of sleep is not funny and I was feeling dizzy and disorientated throughout the day, not to mention the worst Mum / wife in the world for being irritable and snappy.

Sleepless nights

Sleep deprivation is surely one of the cruelest things to endure.

Last week, if you remember, we were having a shower before bed to wash off any pollen, I was burning a steamer in the bedroom with eucalyptus in it, I was using haymax AND Mr Green was giving me a massage every night, working the sinus areas of my feet. It worked about 50% of the time for a while, but this last week the effects just haven’t been the same. By Wednesday I told Mr Green not to bother with the massage – it was simply a waste of his and my time.

Reflexology for hayfever

I had a reflexology treatment focusing specifically on the areas for face and allergies etc and had the worst night ever. “That’s good!” I thought, envisaging a ‘healing crisis’ and looking forward to a better night’s sleep from then on in. Unfortunately that did not happen.

Then I remembered something I used to do when pregnant and breastfeeding and started to meditate again. It is said that 20 minutes of good meditation is worth 2-3 hours of sleep. Since last Thursday I have been meditating for 20 minutes twice a day. I’m not going to pretend I’m hopping about like a spring bunny, but I do feel more in control of what is happening and more positive.

The reality is, in a week or so this will all be over for another year, but I don’t mind admitting the whole ‘hayfever thang’ has got me down this year.

Positive benefit

I believe in looking at the deeper meaning in things and trying to figure out the positive benefit of any body- mind conditions we manifest. But this one stumps me.

I mean, I LOVE nature – love the trees, grass, flowers, bees and nature just amazes me with her power and regeneration, but I feel like it doesn’t love me right now. We’re totally incompatible and that makes me sad. It’s a bit like unrequited love – painful right?

No doubt, as a child I had lots of attention for getting hayfever. I did get it very severely – my eyes would be almost shut where they were so swollen and I would down the drugs like they were sweets, but I really don’t need that attention anymore. I’m a grown woman, I can ask for my needs to be met now.

Qu Chi Acupressure band

So, despite a bad week, a big thumbs up for the Qu Chi band still. I hate to think how I would be if I were contending with bad eyes and those tiresome sneezing fits as well as lack of sleep. Andrew suggested I wear a band on each arm to step up the intensity of the treatment, but it didn’t have any effect.

Never mind, only a week or so to go.  If you want a Qu Chi acupressure band of your own; quote ‘GREEN’ at the checkout to get a 20% discount.

Which remedy for hayfever do you find to be most effective?


  1. Sarah on July 23, 2010 at 7:03 am

    My favourite remedy for hayfever was advised by my herbalist and is good for all types of allergies, honey comb.
    Take a teaspoon when symptoms occur and chew till the wax gets annoying and bitty, it doesn’t need to be local in fact the one I buy from New Zealand works better than the one from just up the road…maybe the bees are healthier in New Zealand?

  2. Mrs Green on August 7, 2010 at 6:49 am

    @Sarah: Great that you have found something that works for you, Sarah and thank you for sharing your experiences with the other readers 🙂

  3. Marek on September 27, 2010 at 12:55 am

    nice article, I know how you feel hayfever season is like hell for me.

    struggling to get enough oxygen, the honeycomb idea sounds good I guess its worth trying to get your body used to the pollen in the honey, if that really is the cause of your hayfever 😛 it could be any little thing whizzing past your head.

    for me , the ultimate hayfever cure is

    garlic, horseradish, onions and vitamin C

    and the humidifier on full blast in my room until the air gets so thick nothing could float into my room.

  4. Mrs Green on December 24, 2010 at 7:07 am

    @Marek: thanks for sharing all your cures Marek – let’s hope 2011 is a good season for you 🙂