Could your allergies be “all in your head”? (Not the way you think though…)

Woman with a headache

Woman with a headache


If you suffer from chronic allergy symptoms, you’ve probably had someone tell you at some point that your allergies are “all in your head”. While this is insensitive to allergy sufferers, they may be onto something when it comes to how your allergies developed in the first place.

The theory that allergies can develop subconsciously has been shown in several scientific studies, including one by Gauci et al (1994) at the University of Newcastle. In this study, participants who were allergic to dust mites were exposed to dust mites (triggering an allergic reaction), along with a flavoured drink. After doing this several times, many subconsciously associated the flavoured drink with their reaction to the dust mites, then had the same reaction when given the flavoured drink by itself.

This explains why many allergy-prone (or atopic) individuals may begin to notice allergy symptoms after experiencing an illness or stressful event, as allergies may develop when you subconsciously associate what you’re exposed to while your body is battling an illness or a stressful event, with stress on the immune system.

When this happens, and you’re exposed to the substance (foods, environmental substances or chemicals) later down the track, your immune system may react in the same way and produce allergy symptoms.


Do you suffer from allergy symptoms? Discover our natural allergy treatment!

Positive Association Technique (PAT) is a natural allergy treatment that is completely pain-free and non invasive.

PAT is a non-invasive, holistic therapy, which:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your body
  • may reduce your reactions to substances that may be causing or exacerbating your allergy symptoms.

Some cases can be complex, so our naturopaths may also recommend supplements, herbs, and lifestyle advice to help you achieve the best long-term results.


Want to see if PAT is right for you? Get in touch!

Send our practitioners a question using our Ask a practitioner service, and you’ll get a call-back or reply straight to your email inbox.

Request our FREE Information E-Pack, to get more information about the allergy symptoms affecting you, right to your email inbox.

You can also request an appointment with one of our experienced PAT practitioners in one our clinic locations – North Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Auckland

This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot diagnose or cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.


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