Can Reflexology Help Hay Fever?

It’s that time of year again.
Hay fever attacks 1 in 5 people at some point in their life, and with numbers of sufferers rapidly increasing weather forecasts now even include pollen counts. Symptoms include a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and sneezing. These can completely ruin your summer and

This is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. Pollen is a very fine, yellow powdery substance which comes from the reproductive cycle of plants. These can irritate the eyes, nose and throat to become swollen, irritated and inflamed. The immune system of a hay fever sufferer reacts as though it is under attack, and releases a chemical called histamine.

So how can we ease the symptoms?

Many turn to over the counter anti-histamines, try local honey or bee pollen. But how about those of us who would prefer to take the complementary approach? Regular reflexology sessions on the lead up and during the months of when you suffer the most can really help to relieve your symptoms. By pressing areas on the feet, where there are thousands of nerve endings, we can help to improve your circulation and blood flow. There are no drowsy side effects of reflexology, making it a popular alternative treatment. Your therapist will look at your whole lifestyle, treating you holistically, considering any other allergies, recommendations on nutrition and detoxification. Hay fever sufferers have a build-up of toxins and a weakened immunity throughout the season, which reflexology can help to eliminate. Reflexology can benefit relaxation, pain relief and energy levels, improving not only your hay fever symptoms but your overall health and wellbeing.