Sneezing hay fever

It’s Hay Fever Time!!


Nip Hay Fever in the Bud


Acupuncture – a safe and effective treatment for hay fever

The sneezing and sore eyes are about to begin.  

Now is the time to boost your immune system and help prevent hay fever from taking hold.

With research showing acupuncture to be a safe and effective treatment for hay fever, now is the time to act and actually ENJOY your spring.

Over the last decade there has been an increasing body of literature assessing the potential benefit of acupuncture for the treatment of allergic rhinitis, both seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis,” Charlie Changli Xue, PhD, head of school of health sciences at RMIT University in Australia

Link to article.




Effective Help for Hay Fever


Acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine can provide effective relief. Get in early for the best results.

Bi min gan wan – Herbal Patent Pill Formula that works a treat – great to keep with you all the time.

Chrysanthemum & Honey Suckle Tea – cheap and delicious, this tea can help combat hayfever symptoms such as red, itchy, sore eyes and sneezing. Just steep a little bit of each herb in hot water to taste and drink throughout the day. This is available from Renee on request.




The Wind and Spring


The wind makes itself known in spring and when it blows from the north or north-west of Melbourne it also brings hay fever mayhem due to the grass pollens it brings with it.

In Chinese Medicine, WIND is considered one of the major contributors of illness. It is understood to disrupt the circulation of our defensive or protective mechanisms and is involved in conditions such as hay fever, the common cold, headaches and stiff necks amongst others.

It can make us feel irritable, irrational and downright annoyed, especially when our protective mechanisms are weak or we are easily effected by environmental changes.



How to Survive the Spring


* Try to stay out of the wind or at least keep your neck and shoulders covered with a scarf when it’s windy, even a light one if it’s warm. This protects the vulnerable meridians that lie on the neck and shoulders from “invading wind”.

* On high pollen count days, wear wrap around sunglasses, avoid hanging washing on the line and shower after being outside if possible.

* Keep adding warm, cooked foods into your diet and keep cold and raw foods to a minimum. In Chinese Medicine the digestion loves to be warm and too many cold and raw foods can damage the digestive organs, impacting on many areas of our health from energy, digestion, fertility and sleep.

* Limit dairy foods if you get nasal congestion or runny noses as these foods increase mucous production in the body. Reducing sugar, caffeine, red wine and wheat products can also be useful as these foods can trigger histamine release and inflammatory responses in the body. Tomatoes, oranges, cheese and chocolate (unfortunately!) are other culprits often associated with allergies.

* Increase foods high in the natural anti-histamine Vitamin C.

* Don’t trust the weather! It is still going to cool down in the evenings for some time yet here in Melbourne.  So not the time to leave your coat behind.


Contact the clinic on 9347 0020 

or call Renee on 0422 034 039 


Renee Knott is an experienced, fully qualified, professional Chinese Medicine practitioner who provides quality Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Renee enjoys seeing her patients transform, gaining knowledge and awareness of their own health with Chinese Medicine.

Whether it is relief from pain, freedom from stress and anxiety, a good nights sleep or the arrival of a longed-for baby, Renee consistently witnesses the way acupuncture and Chinese medicine can improve the health and lives of her patients.






Coronavirus & Online Video Consultations
Covid-19 / Coronavirus & Online Video Consults

  • In light of the rapidly changing environment, I’ve taken the decision to cease seeing patients in the clinic to help stop the spread of COVID-19. But I will be seeing patients through Online Video Consultations.


How will this work?

  • I will be offering 20-30 minute consultations via Skype, FaceTime or WhatsApp, which ever you prefer. This will allow time for a consultation chat to discuss any current or new conditions or symptoms.
  • The consults will also include a self-acupressure prescription similar to what I would do with acupuncture.  Both a demonstration of the points during the consultation and a follow-up email with diagrams and instructions will be included.
  • I will post any herbal formulas and/or supplements you require, this will not require any hand to hand contact with the delivery person.



  • Online video consults will cost $45 plus the cost of any herbs.
  • Payment can be made at the end of consultation, I will send through a link from where you can make payment with a credit/debit card or direct bank transfer.
  • Please let me know if you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 and we can make alternative arrangements.