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Allergies, Symptoms, and Attitudes ~ Some Answers
What’s WRONG with me! I was shocked to learn a person can get allergies at any age and that one in every five Americans experience them. In the USA, about 30% of all adults and 40% of children have allergies. The symptoms can range from annoying minor episodes to sudden and life-threatening occurrences. I wonder if it is significant that I did not experience symptoms until late in life. What changed and what can be done about it -medically and metaphysically? Hmmm.
What Are the Links Between Emotions and Allergies?
Louise Hay was a world-famous healer who correlated physical symptoms of “dis-eases” with emotional and psychological beliefs. Throughout the years of my holistic healing practice, I have found those associations to be 98% correct. This knowledge helps people understand how to help themselves.
She says allergies relate to “denying your own power.” As this picture indicates, most of us spend a lot of time looking for answers outside ourselves, rather than “going inward.” We might do this by researching articles
(such as the one I’m writing now chirp! chirp!)
or by looking for help from other people or some Divine Intervention in the distance.
Instead of just looking at our external image, we can benefit from taking a few minutes each day to view our internal images. You can do this simply by being STILL and scanning the sensations in your body or noticing the pattern of your thoughts. You can do it through meditation and other techniques for introspection.
Louise suggests you ask yourself to whom are you allergic. In addition, she says allergies relate to emotional congestion and possibly to a sense of persecution or guilt.
Using Affirmations to Assist with Allergies
Louise Hay’s remedies are in the form of affirmations. For allergies, she uses the following:
I am ONE WITH ALL OF LIFE. I am safe at all times.
The world is safe and friendly. I am safe. I am at peace with life.”
You can explore those ideas later. Let’s get down to some more business.
What Does Traditional Medicine Say About Allergies?
WebMD defines allergies as “It’s what happens when your immune system reacts to something that’s usually harmless. Those triggers, which doctors call “allergens,” can include pollen, mold, and animal dander, certain foods, or things that irritate your skin.”
In my case, I’ve tested positive for allergies to trees, shrubs, and grasses. I live in the woods. I do not take pharmaceutical drugs except when in the most extreme need.
What makes symptoms worse is that I have a deviated septum. That is a physical obstruction of one or both nostrils. The Mayo Clinic describes treatments for a deviated septum. At one point, my physician recommended septoplasty, but the inflammation and congestion were so severe that he could not perform the surgery. I started allergy shots, but they did not work. In fact, they made symptoms worse. Every night I was afraid to go to sleep because I was afraid I could not breathe and would leave this world prematurely.
ASEA and the “Chi Machine” are My Alternatives, But I’ll Share What Most Docs Would Tell You
I have found ASEA to be wonderfully helpful in boosting my immune system. (The heavily patented ASEA is like having your immune system in a liquid form available in a bottle.) After starting an ASEA regimen, I did not need surgery, although it still might benefit. I rarely need medication for the allergies, which used to be almost debilitating every day. Yes – full disclosure – I use ASEA, and I sell it.
I also use and sell the famous “Chi Machine” to great benefit as relates to allergies. But, as usual, my blog is becoming too lengthy. So let’s move on.
Here is what WebMD has to say about pollen-induced allergies for those of you who want standard treatments.
“It (pollen) comes from plants such as grasses, trees, and weeds and can trigger hay fever or seasonal allergies. You might sneeze and have a runny or stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes. Treat these with over-the-counter products, prescription drugs, and allergy shots. To help prevent symptoms, stay inside on windy days when pollen counts are high, close windows, and run the air conditioning.”
In a 2014 blog, I also wrote about sinusitis, asthma, and allergies. I listed some over the counter things that have helped me with each of those maladies. Maybe the OTC stuff will help you, too. I’m simply sharing my experiences. I am not offering diagnosis, cure, or medical advice. Anything you try is at your own risk. You must talk with your professional healthcare provider to see what is best for you.
Can Hypnotherapy Help with Allergies?
Okay, now I’ve done my duty and referred you to Western Medicine and its practitioners. However, I also want to mention that some people have been able to manage symptoms of allergies using hypnotherapy.
I have not tried hypnotherapy specifically to deal with allergies. However, as a certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, I find the idea intriguing and intend to explore it in more depth. While you are contemplating this, remember Louise Hay’s linkages between physical symptoms and emotions or underlying beliefs.
Hypnosis is unlikely to “cure” allergies. It, however, can help manage the allergic reaction. Some people believe these heightened sensitivities are the result of a traumatic past experience. Hypnotherapy can help you identify if this is true for you. It also helps you address the emotions and related behaviors through regression therapy.
I know this to be true: some allergies can be worsened when you have high-stress levels. At a minimum, a hypnotherapist can teach you relaxation techniques to reduce the stress. Those tools include instant temporary fixes, such as breathing techniques in an acute moment. They also include long-term stress-release with tools like various forms of meditation and creative visualization. It’s definitely worth a try. I hope you will let me know what you have done to offset symptoms of allergies and what worked best for you. My contact form has disappeared into Cyberspace, so email me at GetWellStayWell@outlook.com.
Let’s Get Well, Stay Well, and Live Well!