The good news about allergies is that they can be treated and that your whole body will be healthier for it. All kinds of things can be done to enhance your immune system and to ultimately help get you off drugstore antihistamines. This article covers many of them. Some treatments can help reduce the onset and severity of symptoms before allergy season, others can be used to manage symptoms during allergy season, and others to help restore your immune system to a normal state in order to bring about resolution of the problem altogether.
So here are some great treatments you can consider to help you this season.
Sublingual Immunotherapy is a great therapy I use to desensitize people against multiple environmental allergies without having to get allergy shots. It is well scientifically validated for effectiveness and safety. Follow the link to read more.
Nettie Pot technique is a great, inexpensive and effective treatment you can use to deal with nasal congestion of any type, including allergies. To find out more follow the link for a short video demonstration.
Studies suggest acupuncture can be a very helpful supportive therapy to control allergy symptoms especially for those who are particularly severe. (1)
Eat Local Unpasteurized Honey! How? On their journey from flower to flower bees become covered in local pollen spores which are then transferred to their honey. If we eat that honey we get exposed in small doses each day to help build resistance. A 2013 study reported showed that consuming Birch Pollen honey PRIOR to the pollen season resulted in significantly less symptoms, less severe symptoms, and more days with no symptoms..(2)
Heal your Gut. I would be remiss to treat anyone with allergies without therapies to heal their digestive tracts which we now know are significantly linked to the workings of the immune system. Any type of allergy or immune disease will benefit from such an approach. Healing the gut would always include rebalancing bacteria with probiotics from supplements and/or from unpasteurized fermented foods. Some great examples are sauerkraut, Kimchi and Kombucha. Make sure they are not commercial brands that are pasteurized! For more on this topic visit a previous article of mine “Digest This!”
Supplements. There are many vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and herbs that can help both manage symptoms and restore health. Ultimately as you heal your gut and change your diet these will no longer become necessary. They are however great on a temporary basis. Some common supplements used are various types of enzymes, anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids, herbs to heal inflamed mucous membranes such as Goldenseal, and bioflavonoids that naturally help reduce histamine levels such as quercitin.
Diet. I can say with great conviction and experience that diet does one of two things for you, it moves you towards or away from health. Healthful whole foods can act as natural antihistamines, anti-inflammatories and more. Unhealthy foods can result in increase phlegm, inflammation and suppressed immunity. Any therapy will be dramatically hastened if dietary changes are incorporated along with it. Never underestimate this! I believe this is the key to a permanent cure!
If you have allergies along with asthma or eczema I refer to to an earlier article of mine called “Allergies, Asthma and Eczema”.
(1) Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 647308, 10 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/647308. Electroacupuncture Attenuates Ovalbumin-Induced Allergic Asthma via Modulating CD4+CD25+ Regulatory T Cells. Youngjoo Kwon, Sung-Hwa Sohn, Gihyun Lee, Youngeun Kim, Hyejung Lee, Minkyu Shin, and Hyunsu Bae. Kyung Hee University, Seoul , Korea.
(2) Saarinen K et al. Birch Pollen Honey for Birch Pollen Allergy. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2011;155(2):160-6. PMID: 21196761