Hay Fever is back with a vengeance this year, with an estimated 10 million people suffering, according to the NHS.
Due to the late arrival of the cold weather the pollen count is higher than last year. The delay in bloom has meant the plants are now secreting pollen into drier, hotter air making it more likely to stay. City dwellers are also suffering more this year. Research from the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit at the University of Worcester looked into the concept of 'urban hay fever' and found the reason it's increased so rapidly is due to the ever-growing levels of pollution. Pollution traps pollen from trees and grass at ground level, the research found, meaning we're all left to suffer when we breathe it in.
Suffers are all too aware of the misery of Hay Fever. Headaches, runny nose, sore throat, tiredness are just a few of the symptoms that arrive each May. But we cant just hide away behind locked windows! Lives need to be lived, kids need collecting and we really need a dose of Vit. D after being cooped up for so long.
Many people reach for over the counter help to alleviate symptoms. But with the pollen count set to remain high not everyone wants to take medicine for weeks on end.
Luckily there are alternatives.
Complimentary therapies such as Reflexology and Acupuncture offer a relief from the ghastly symptoms of Hay Fever.
Reflexology is a therapy based on the ancient principle of the body being mirrored in the feet. By applying pressure to specific areas of the feet that relate to specific areas of the body (known a reflexes), you can help the body to revert back to it's natural healthy self. For Hay Fever a Reflexologist will focus on the immune and respiratory systems, as these are most effected. They will also apply pressure the sinus, head, eye and throat reflexes to alleviate 'stuffy head' feeling. A Reflexology session also promotes better sleep and can make you feel energised.
It is a safe, gentle therapy that can be applied to all ages.
Find your local Reflexologist or contact www.refuelreflexology.co.uk for more information.