That warm spell of weather at the end of February has brought on the tree pollens with a vengeance which may be great for birds and bees but not so fun for those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies.

An allergy is an oversensitivity to a substance either eaten, inhaled or touched.   Symptoms include streaming and sometimes blocked nose, red watery eyes and sneezing.   These symptoms occur seasonally when the pollens are present.   Similar symptoms occur in rhinitis where the allergy is to substances other than pollens such as dust, wool, feathers, animal furs and foods.

Reflexology may be useful in assisting with the alleviation of these symptoms.  The focus would be on working the points relating to the nose, sinuses, eyes and lungs and also on the adrenals for boosting the immune system, the spleen for allergies and the solar plexus for relaxation.

To determine which trees and grasses may be affecting you, here is a pollen calendar:-

February – alder
March – alder, poplar, elm and yew
April – birch, plane, ash and willow
May – oak, horse chestnut, oil-seed rape and hornbeam
June – grass, plantain, pine and lime
July – grass, nettle, sweet chestnut and dock
August – mugwort and fat hen.  Cladosporium and Alternaria are allergenic fungal spores not seen by the naked eye and are worse on warm days

A course of Reflexology treatments is recommended over a period of time.   Reflexology is available on Wednesdays with Frances Box.

To read more about Reflexology click on this link: https://www.lucksyardclinic.com/services-and-treatments/reflexology/

Call Luck’s Yard on 01483 527945 for an appointment.