According to researchers, suffering from asthma or hay fever may put you at an increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder. The study reports over a 15 year period, 10.8% of people with allergies developed psychiatric disorders, compare to 6.7% of people without allergic diseases.
This article appeared in my feed and I find it very fascinating. I thought I might use this in my own blog as a way to start introducing the logistics of the Mind-Body Connection.
Pathophysiology of Allergies (Allergic Rhinitis)
I see patients with some form of allergies throughout most of the day. This should be no surprise since allergic rhinitis is “the most common chronic disease in the United States, affect[ing] between 10 and 30% of adults and up to 40% of children”¹.
The symptoms of allergic rhinitis start at Mast Cells;
Mast Cells are an important part of the immune system that also play a role in allergies. Mast Cells are equipped with receptors for antigens (a signal to the immune system that an invader is within the body). Someone that has allergies produces antibodies (IgE) which function to tag antigens as they enter the body. An antigen tagged with IgE circulating in the blood stream will land on a mast cell, causing the mast cell to launch its weapons (histamine, cytokines and other inflammatory chemicals), These chemicals will land in the nasal passage, sinuses, and lungs leading to allergy symptoms.
Energy Imbalance leading to Allergic Rhinitis
One of my favorite books is by Margaret Ann Lembo’s Chakra Awakening. This is one of the first books I read when I became curious about energy medicine. This is a wonderful starter for anyone who is wanting to learn about the Chakra system, and as well as using essential oils and crystals as part of their healing routine. I have adapted a chart from her book which summarizes each Chakra’s function, and how imbalances show up. I use this chart personally when I’m working with energy medicine and for myself and find it to be a very handy tool in energy medicine.
Chakra Chart from Margaret Ann Lembo’s Chakra Awakening
When I first started learning about the Chakra system, I was fascinated with how blockages within a Chakra could contribute to disease. Chakras comes from Ayurveda, and I think of it as anatomical representation of energy centers within the body.
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Most people suffer allergies in their noses, sinuses, eyes, ears, throat and sometimes chest. Symptoms of allergies are usually runny nose, watery eyes, sore throat, sinus pain and pressure. These organs are within the throat, third eye, and crown chakra. These organ are also associated with psychological dysfunction, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Additionally, allergies are generated within the body when the immune system becomes overactive. Knowing that these energy centers correlate with our physical and emotional health, it would be expected that a person suffering from allergies is likely at increased risk of a psychological issues. In particular, if an individual is feeling like they can’t express themselves (blocked throat chakra) they may be particularly prone to allergies.
There are a number of ways to handle allergies.
Over the Counter Medications:
Naturally I’ll have to remind readers to consult with their personal physician if you are suffering from allergies. Most people can tolerate antihistamines such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra very well. The addition of a nasal steroid such as Fluticasone (Flonase) can also help to control symptoms.
Anyone suffering from severe symptoms, such as a rash or wheezing needs to consult with their physician.
Reiki for Allergies:
If you are already Reiki attuned, you can simply treat your sinuses. Consider treating the neck and chest. Your Reiki manual from your attunement is also a good resource for a treatment sequence.
If you are considering seeking Reiki to treat allergies, you may opt for a shorter session, but understanding that a combination of stress and chemical cascades are leading to your symptoms, you may be due for a full Reiki session.
Essential Oils to use:
Anyone with experience using essential oils to support their health can attest to how wonderful they can be to relieve symptoms. There is simply no better pleasure than your first whiff of Breath from DoTerra when your suffering from allergies.
DoTerra offers a wonderful line of products that can be used for allergies, and are good for colds, or to augment your meditation. The essential oil comes in a 15ml or a roller bottle, and either one is excellent. A drop or two on your chest of neck quickly alleviates symptoms. Consider a patch test on your inner arm before using routinely. Of course, Breathe is amazing in a diffuser.
The vapor stick is neat, clean and ready to go. You can quickly apply some to you chest or neck to soothe your sinuses.
The dōTERRA Breathe® Respiratory Drops are my personal favorite cough drops. You get all of the benefits of the oils without concern of others being affects by your essential oil use. You will still get the cooling sensation in your sinus passages that is wonderful.
You can find more information on essential oils here.