Allergic Rhinitis-Hay Fever, symptoms and treatment

Rhinitis is an inflammation of the lining of the nose, characterized by nasal congestion, nasal discharge, sneezing and itching.

Allergic Rhinitis is triggered by inhaled allergens and may be perennial or seasonal (hayfever).

The acute allergic response in rhinitis results from the interaction of an inhaled allergen with a specific IgE antibody on the surface of mast cells and basophils. This leads to the release of histamine and other factors that cause the acute symptoms.

Hypersensitivity begins when IgE antibodies from B lymphocytes are exposed to specific allergens (Pollen). The IgE antibodies then attach to the mast cells in specific locations in the immune system, creating sensitized mast cells.

Mast cells are connective tissue cells that are present in large numbers in the mucosa of the respiratory and digestive tracts. On continual exposure to the same allergen, the allergen attaches to the IgE antibody on the mast cell,stimulating the release of chemical mediators such as histamine from granules within the mast cells.  Continue reading ‘Allergic Rhinitis-Hay Fever, symptoms and treatment’ »

Fibromyalgia syndrome symptoms, causes and treatment

Fibromyalgia is a disorder of unknown cause characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain and symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disruption, gastrointestinal complaints and Psychological problems. One key symptom in FMS (Fibromyalagia syndrome) is the presence of multiple tender points on the body, another key symptom includes Adrenal depletion. A variety of different viruses have been reported to trigger FMS.
FMS characteristics crossover CFS ( Chronic fatigue syndrome) characteristics.

Similar symptoms include Joint inflammation, lower back pain and Psychological problems. Like FMS, CFS can also have an infectious trigger, and also like CFS a wide variety of viruses has been associated with the disorder.

Recommended herbs for FMS are similar to those for CFS.
Nervine (nervous trophorestorative) herbs such as Hypericum perforatum (St John’s wort), Bacopa ( Brahmi) and Scullateria( Skullcap) can help with debility, depression, and fatigue.

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Ms Salma S Khan – Nutrition Consultant and Health Writer

Background
Ms Salma S. Khan, Nutrition Consultant & Health Writer is a highly qualified Health Practitioner – she advises clients on a broad range of nutritional issues, and specialises in all matters related to nutrition. Salma incorporates Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques within each consultation in order to motivate clients to reach their nutritional goals. All clients are provided with unique bespoke nutritional plans devised to suit their individual needs. 

Salma is originally from a Biomedical Sciences background (specialising in Clinical Chemistry). She has worked in various laboratories to gain first-hand experience of nutritional testing. Her intense passion for nutrition led her on a journey to study the subject in great depth. 

As well as consulting with clients, Salma is a keen writer and public speaker – she has contributed nutrition related articles to the media including the Daily Mail online, as well as contributing to radio shows.

Salma has also worked for a premium supplement and health food company based in Surrey where she has formulated new health products. In addition, Salma has been a guest speaker at a top health retreat in Gozo, Malta. She is currently in the process of planning a series of health retreats. Besides this, Salma voluntarily works for a global charitable organization where she is involved in the ongoing development of the nutrition department at a hospital based in Latin America.

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