When you have an allergic reaction to something, the effects can range from a mild inconvenience to a life-threatening event.
When it comes to environmental allergens, the conventional medicine solution is often through the use of over the counter antihistamines. These can be effective, but they often come with a host of side effects.
However, there are naturopathic solutions available for allergies that can help you manage your symptoms effectively, and without the side effects that can come with pharmaceutical drugs.
What Is An Allergy?
An allergy is your body’s immune system reacting to the presence of a substance that it views as harmful, called an allergen.
If you’re allergic to an allergen and come into contact with it, your body will produce antibodies that attach themselves to specific cells in your body and produce histamines. The purpose of these histamines is to push the allergen out of your body. This is what creates your allergic reaction – runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and other unpleasantness.
Allergens can come from food, a solid or liquid substance, or the atmosphere around you. It’s the latter category that’s the hardest to avoid, especially if your allergy is a seasonal one.
Those who suffer from allergies are frequently found to have weak adrenal, digestive, and immune system functions. As a result, naturopathic treatments often revolve around supporting the functions of those systems in order to alleviate symptoms.
There is no cure for allergies, but naturopathic treatments can help manage your allergy symptoms, making it easier to live with.
Naturopathic Treatments For Allergies
When it comes to treatment for allergies, there are a number of different approaches Dr. Maria may use.
During your first appointment with Dr. Maria, she will conduct a thorough naturopathic assessment of your current health situation and unique challenges. Then, based on this understanding, she may recommend one or more of the following naturopathic allergy treatments.
Nutritional Counselling For Allergy Treatment
It may not come as a terrible surprise that an effective way to avoid food-borne allergens is to avoid eating the foods that trigger your allergies. But there’s more to it than that.
Because histamines stimulate an inflammatory response in your immune system, eating an anti-inflammatory diet can reduce your allergy symptoms. Among other factors, an anti-inflammatory diet includes fresh plant-based whole foods, minimal animal protein, and no trans fats or refined vegetable oils. In particular, an anti-inflammatory diet may include:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Yellow and orange vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes)
- Cabbage, beets, and beet greens
- Root vegetables and spices (onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cayenne)
And an anti-inflammatory diet may exclude:
- Peanuts and other nuts
- Red meat
- Artificial food colouring
- Citrus fruits
On top of this, there are a number of nutrients that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. This includes vitamin C, quercetin, and omega-3 fatty acids, among many others.
To find out whether or not these supplements and dietary options are right for you, contact Dr. Maria to book an appointment.
Botanical Medicine Treatments For Seasonal Allergies
Botanical medicine offers a wide variety of solutions to a number of different health concerns, including allergies.
This may come as a bit of a surprise since it’s often botanicals that cause allergy symptoms in the form of ragweed and pollen. However, a number of different herbs have properties which can be used to reduce the intensity and duration of your allergy symptoms.
Some of them, like dong quai and stinging nettles, are natural antihistamines. Others, like ginkgo biloba and milk thistle, are anti-inflammatory. Still others, like eyebright and yarrow, reduce congestion.
Dr. Maria has at her disposal a swath of knowledge on these and many other different botanicals with medicinal properties. If you’re suffering from allergies, Dr. Maria can offer botanical solutions which may help.
Acupuncture Treatment For Allergies
A number of studies have been conducted showing the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for allergies. In fact, some studies have shown it to be more effective than the use of antihistaminies.
The reason why acupuncture is effective for this is not yet fully understood. Many people have experienced relief from their allergy symptoms through acupuncture, however. And because acupuncture has a number of other health benefits, and is considered a safe treatment with side effects being few, rare, and mostly minor, it’s worth trying.
Contact the Mindful Healing Clinic to find out how acupuncture can help you manage your allergy symptoms.
Homeopathic Treatments For Allergies
Homeopathy is the treatment of illnesses by using highly diluted doses of natural substances that might otherwise cause a reaction.
In the case of homeopathic treatment for allergies, a number of different homeopathic tinctures may be recommended. In many cases, symptoms can improve after only a few doses.
Depending on the specific allergen triggering your reactions, Dr. Maria may offer any of a number of different homeopathic tinctures, including Euphrasia, natrum muriaticum, nux vomica, allium cepa, wyethia, and a host of others.
These homeopathic tinctures can be effective as a treatment for watery eyes, hoarseness, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, cold sores, headaches, itchy nose and throat, and a number of other symptoms associated with acute allergy symptoms.
Contact The Mindful Healing Clinic
Dealing with allergens can be a frustrating experience, especially when those allergens are airborne and difficult to avoid.
The Mindful Healing Clinic can help.
If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms that are interfering with your quality of life, Dr. Maria has solutions.
Contact the Mindful Healing clinic to book an allergy consultation today. You’ll get a chance to ask any questions you may have, get your concerns addressed, and from there Dr. Maria will help you understand your treatment options.
If you’re dealing with allergy symptoms but want to avoid the potential side effects associated with pharmaceuticals, there are naturopathic solutions available which may help.
Contact the Mindful Healing Clinic to book your appointment today.