Helen Helps Hay Fever Sufferers

6a01156fa075f4970c0134808d1dea970cAllergy therapist and reflexologist Helen Sheppard left a career in communication for one in complimentary therapy over ten years ago. During that time she has noticed a marked increase in environmental allergies and food intolerances.

“Hay fever, also known a seasonal allergic rhinitis, is an allergy to pollen which affects 1 in 5 adults in the UK and appears to be becoming more prevalent in children.” She explains, “People often associate it literally with hay and grasses and think it’s a summertime problem but tree pollen in spring can also trigger hay fever. An allergy can be defined as an abnormal response by the body’s immune system to anything that can be touched, eaten, drunk, breathed in or injected. I treat a lot of people who have food intolerances or are basically allergic to a type of food they are eating as well as allergies caused by pollutants. Funnily enough, someone suffering from hay fever or asthma will usually have food allergies too.”

The clued up complimentary therapist continues, “Whereas symptoms of hay fever are easily recognised as sneezing, a blocked or runny nose and itchy eyes, many symptoms of food allergies or intolerances are normally put down to lifestyle issues such as stress. They can include lethargy, insomnia, anxiety, digestion problems, disruptive behaviour like ADHD and even dyslexia.” Helen explains, “case studies have shown that removing cow’s milk and cheese from a child’s diet actually allowed the brain to more easily identify the difference between letters like b and d, p and q which are commonly confused by dyslexics.

“Clients are tested for allergies by a method known as Touch for Health where certain muscles are tested for weakness which may indicate sensitivity or intolerance to certain foods and/or environmental pollutants. Once the Client has been tested, hay fever and other allergies can be treated by desensitising the body to the offending food or pollutant by administering certain homeopathic drops. The patient is later retested, by which time it is hoped that reduced sensitivity will have allowed the patient’s immune system to strengthen and fight for itself naturally.

“Pollen allergies are not just experienced by gardeners or people in the countryside. Tree lined avenues and Parks will contribute to high pollen counts in Cities and symptoms are often made worse by diesel fumes and smoke.” “And when you think how far the ash from the Icelandic volcano has travelled you can see how easily pollen is carried over a huge area too.”

For more information contact Helen on 01874 665461or email helensheppard9@googlemail.com

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