Tackle Hay Fever With Reflexology
If you suffer with hay fever you probably look upon the spring and summer months with trepidation. Sneezing, coughing, headaches, a runny nose and itchy watery eyes are some of the symptoms hay fever brings when the weather turns warmer. What should be the best time of year for everybody, can be the most miserable for hay fever sufferers. Reflexology provides an effective alternative treatment to over-the-counter hay fever remedies and gives sufferers a chance to enjoy the season.
Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen Reflexology can help
Around 20% of the population suffer with a form of hay fever, typically between the months of March and August. Some people find their hay fever is triggered during the autumn months but this is rare. Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen and symptoms are worse when the pollen count is high (typically over a count of 50). To understand how reflexology can help, it’s important to first know the type of pollen that can cause an allergic reaction and how that reaction takes place.
From March through to May, the main problem for hay fever sufferers comes from tree pollen. Trees such as the silver birch and oak release their pollen when the days are warm, dry and windy. From May through to August, grass pollen becomes the main hay fever curse with around 90% of sufferers affected. Weed and fungal spore pollen can continue to trouble people with hay fever from August until November. The winter months offer a brief respite before the process starts all over again.
Pollen is usually a harmless substance, but when it enters the body of a hay fever sufferer their immune system believes it is under attack and releases a chemical called histamine. The effect of this gives symptoms similar to a cold but it is in fact an allergic reaction to the pollen. Pollen count can be five times more in the countryside but a city dweller’s hay fever is heightened by a mixture of pollen and pollution from excessive car fumes.
Reflexology is fast becoming a popular therapy for hay fever
Reflexology has a number of techniques that can ease the effects of hay fever as well as providing guidance on how to control the symptoms throughout the season.
Reflexology increases blood flow and improves the circulation of oxygen and nutrients around the body. By applying pressure to the hands and feet – where there are thousands of nerve endings – other parts of the body are affected. For hay fever, reflexology concentrates on applying pressure to the toes and fingers. These areas link directly to the head, sinuses and eyes and stimulate the adrenal gland which reduces inflammation caused by the hay fever. As the inflammation reduces, you’ll start to breathe more easily and that stuffy headache will ease. Over the season, hay fever sufferers also have a build up of toxins in the body and weakened immunity. Reflexology applied to specific areas on the sole and heel of the foot encourages toxin release and gives a much needed boost to the immune system.
Reflexology techniques can often work better than antihistamines or eye drops as there are no drowsy side-effects allowing you to go about your day-to-day routine. Reflexologists assess medical history, lifestyle and diet and look at any other allergies you may have (hay fever is often found where there’s a family history of eczema or asthma). Along with the physical treatments, reflexologists can also make recommendations about nutrition and detoxification. Nettle tea is a well known remedy for the treatment of hay fever symptoms.
Reflexology is fast becoming a popular therapy for hay fever sufferers helping benefit relaxation, pain relief, energy levels and toxin elimination. Make an appointment with your local reflexology practitioner and start to enjoy your spring and summer again.
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Daniel Alexander, GoToSee Journalist