Hayfever blights the lives of millions of people every spring and summer.
One in five of the UK population are affected by an allergy to pollen – usually grass pollen – which causes symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes.
But a Leeds acupuncturist has invented a device which is designed to alleviate the problem, and it has now become a top seller online.
Andrew Broch, of the Leeds Acupuncture Clinic in Roundhay, has devised the Qu-Chi acupressure band, a natural and drug-free product that acupuncturists believe help with the symptoms of hayfever and allergic rhinitis.
He was inspired as he suffers himself and wanted to treat it using the principles of acupuncture. The band works by applying pressure to The LI-11 point on the arm, an acupuncture point.
The product has become a top-seller on Amazon, with users reporting it has helped them.
Hayfever sufferer Caroline Bryant said: “I generally find acupuncture amazing and have now tried the Qu-Chi Band to alleviate my hayfever and allergic rhinitis symptoms.
“I have found this to be of great benefit with the added bonus of helping me to get a brilliant night’s sleep.”
Mr Broch advises it should be worn before symptoms start, but can be put on when hayfever first starts to kick in too. The band can also be used when taking other medication.
The band can be worn on either arm, with users just having to bend their arm and locate the Qu-Chi point, then pulling on the band so that the straps are either side of the elbow bone and the acupressure marble is on the correct point.
For more: Visit www.qu-chi.co.uk