Stress and Allergy
When our bodies experience stress there is an increase in the stress hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline and corticosteroids. These
hormones help our body to deal with the stressful situation by increasing blood pressure and volume, heart rate and blood glucose
and also lowering digestive activity.
Unfortunately, in our modern lives many people face stress on a daily basis or are dealing with long term stress as a result of a
major event/upheaval in their lives. It is during this long term stress that the body suffers damage though the effects of the
increase in hormones, in particular the digestive system. Digestion can shut down because your central nervous system affects the
contractions of your digestive muscles, and decreases secretions needed for digestion. Stress can cause inflammation of the
gastrointestinal system, and make you more susceptible to infection and allergy. Stress can also cause your oesophagus to go into
spasm and can increase the acid in your stomach causing indigestion.
In turn this can lead to bowel problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and overgrowth of the bad bacteria in the gut (candida
infestation which causes fungal thrush infections) which ultimately can lead to allergic responses in the body.
Stress is a contributory factor in many diseases and illnesses and yet you would be hard pushed to find someone that hasn't really
suffered due to stress at some point in their lives with many saying that stress affects them on a daily basis. Identifying what
is the trigger of stress is imperative so that it can be addressed - don't ever ignore stress hoping it will go away.
Allergy therapy helps to resolves the allergic responses but to combat the underlying stressors a new technique called EFT Tapping
(Emotional Freedom Technique) is offered to help any patients that want to tackle the underlying stressors.
EFT combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology with startling results, from pain relief, to healing childhood
traumas, to stress around weight loss and body image to fears and phobias, Tapping is proving to be a powerful, well-researched
and easy to learn and apply technique.