Spring marks the end of winter and the beginning of seasonal allergy season. While spring is not the only season that triggers the onset of seasonal allergy symptoms, it tends to be the time of year when people suffer the most. In the United states approximately 50 million people suffer from some form of seasonal allergies. Worldwide it is estimated that 10 to 30% of people are impacted by hay fever symptoms. While there are over the counter and holistic options that can help, they do not work for everyone. Fortunately, hypnosis for seasonal allergy relief is a naturally effective option .
What causes season allergies
Seasonal allergies are caused when pollen is released by trees, weeds, and grass to fertilize other plants. Unfortunately, for people who suffer from seasonal allergies, the body sees pollen as a danger or an intruder. Antibodies attack the pollen and trigger the release of histamines in the blood. These histamines cause the body to respond with the all too familiar seasonal allergy symptoms, like runny nose, coughing, watery eyes, congestion, itchy eyes, and in some cases earaches.
Since 30% of Americans are impacted by seasonal allergies, and because it ranks 6th among leading chronic diseases, many over the counter remedies have been developed. Antihistamines, which can be taken orally, can reduce symptoms triggered by seasonal allergies. Decongestants, which can be taken orally or in a nasal spray, can help to temporarily manage seasonal allergy symptoms. However, prolonged use may exacerbate the symptoms. Some nasal sprays have been proven effective, provided they are used prior to the onset of symptoms. Finally, some medications provide relief by combining antihistamines and decongestants. Unfortunately, these remedies do not work for everyone.
Hypnosis for Seasonal Allergy Relief
Studies show that hypnosis is effective in minimizing or eliminating seasonal allergy symptoms. In one study, subjects in hypnosis were instructed to imagine a setting free of allergy triggering stimuli, like skiing in the snow or laying on the beach. The participants reported a significant decrease in hay fever symptoms. Hypnotherapy for seasonal allergy relief involves programming the unconscious mind to stop treating pollen as an intruder in the body. Clients can experience relief in as little as three to six sessions.
Patients are guided into hypnotic trance by following the directions of a certified hypnotist. A combination of deep breathing techniques, confusion, imagined imagery, and body relaxation help patients to experience hypnotic trance. Patients often report being aware but profoundly relaxed while experiencing hypnotic trance. Hypnotherapists are trained to give directions, that will be accepted by the subconscious mind, to address seasonal allergy symptoms.
The Unconscious Mind
The unconscious mind controls all of our automatic responses, including bodily responses. Sometimes the unconscious mind incorrectly responds to stimulus like pollen. Once the subconscious mind understands that pollen is not a danger, histamines are no longer released in the body and patients are free from the common symptoms experienced. When traditional methods for addressing hay fever symptoms do not work, hypnosis for seasonal allergy relief can be a lifesaver.