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Alternative Medicine for Allergies

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
Allergies can cause you a ton of misery around spring, or all of the time, in some cases. Some people believe there are alternative therapies for allergies that have helped them. This lesson goes over some of them.

Allergies

If you're like most people, you've over-reacted to at least something silly once or twice in your life. Your immune system, your internal defense system, is no different. It can over-react to what are, essentially, completely innocent things. Dust and pollen are nowhere near as dangerous as bacteria and viruses. The latter, the immune system is supposed to attack, the former, it should not. When it does attack things like dust and pollen, however, you get yourself an allergy, an inappropriate and harmful immune system response to a normally harmless substance the body has become hypersensitive to.

There are numerous purported alternative therapies for allergies. Do note, most of them have little proof and because some allergies can be life-threatening, never start, stop or change any medication without consulting your doctor first!

Dietary Based Therapies

Anyone who has had allergies can readily tell you they have a lot of mucus that builds up in their respiratory system. To help counteract this disgusting mucus, a person could try basing their diet on some of the following non-mucus forming foods:

  • Vegetables and fruits. Some people believe a 3-day vegetable-juice diet might reduce a person's allergy symptoms.
  • Seeds and nuts, just watch out for those dreaded nut allergies!
  • Whole grains instead of processed ones. Again, be careful about any gluten-based sensitivities.
  • Seafood and tofu

Allergies involve inflammation, which is itself a specific part of the immune system. Inflammation is highly damaging to your body, especially over the long run. Thus, flaxseed oil might be tried to help minimize any inflammation.

At the same time, you should be aware of foods that might trigger excess mucus production and those that might worsen your immune system's response. A person with allergies might want to try and avoid the following as much as possible:

  • Dairy and eggs
  • Fried foods
  • Processed or refined foods
  • Margarine
  • Chocolate

On top of an anti-allergy based diet, some people also try to use supplements to help with their allergy signs and symptoms. The following supplements are believed by some to help with this:

  • Stinging nettle, a type of plant. Just don't eat it raw as it will sting!
  • Quercitin, a kind of plant pigment.
  • Vitamin C, made famous as a supplement in general by chemist Linus Pauling
  • Butterbur, a kind of shrub
  • Fish oil
  • Probiotics, like Lactobacillus acidophilus

Homeopathy & Acupressure

Other things people might try and take for their allergies include homeopathic remedies such as:

  • Arsenicum Album, which might help with a runny nose
  • Euphrasia, which may help some with those red and burning eyes
  • Allium Cepa, for watery eyes
  • Sabadilla, for sneezing

Acupressure points can also be stimulated. These won't cure allergies but they might help some people with allergy symptoms relief. For instance:

  • Large Intestine 4 might help with sneezing
  • Bladder 10 could help with swollen eyes
  • Triple Warmer 5 might help strengthen your immune system in general

If you believe toxins in your body are causing the allergy, then a hot bath with Epsom salts might help detoxify the body by releasing the toxins via sweat.

Those of you who aren't fans of breathing in hot steam, may be fans of breathing in other things. Aromatherapy oils might help with some allergy symptoms. For example, eucalyptus and peppermint might loosen mucus.

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