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Homeopathic Treatment of Allergies

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Homeopathic Treatment of Allergies

Allergies are caused by the body’s hypersensitivity to foreign substances such as pollen, animal dander, dust, and food. Irritation of the mucous membranes along the upper respiratory system is common. Symptoms are sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, irritation of the roof of the mouth, a stuffy nose, congested sinus areas, and a headache. Allergies are not simple to treat; they generally represent a chronic problem that is genetic, although they may skip one, two, or three generations. Homeopathic remedies can help in the acute stages of allergies to help relieve the symptoms, but usually a more constitutional approach to help the underlying condition is necessary for permanent help.

Homeopaths believe there is an association between allergies, skin problems (such as eczema and hives), and asthma. It is best not to suppress the symptoms of the skin or mucous membranes since that can actually drive the process of irritation further into the system, creating such conditions as asthma or perhaps joint problems. It is always best to start with homeopathic remedies to see if the symptoms improve.

Allergies that occur in the wintertime are generally due to allergens such as dust from heating systems and molds that accumulate in basements, humidifiers, and furnaces. Allergies in the springtime are often due to tree pollen, and in late spring or early summer, grass pollens are usually the cause. Later in the summer, problems are often due to Ragweed, Goldenrod, and dust during the dry season. Molds, especially those from trees and leaves, are usually the allergen during early to late fall when the weather is damp.

Natural Treatments Can Help Allergies

Natural treatments that can help allergies include using eyeglasses or sunglasses to avoid getting pollens in the eyes and washing the eyes out with water after being outside and exposed to irritating pollens. Rinsing the nose with salt water can be helpful to wash out pollens. The use of a HEPA filter in the furnace can help take out mold, animal dander, and dust in the air. Keeping dogs and cats out of the house while children are suffering from allergies is also very important. Keeping the basement dry can help mold from accumulating. Having hardwood floors and avoiding carpeting is helpful, especially when the person is allergic to dust. If the person has a sensitivity to feathers, pillows made from foam rather than down should be used.

Other helpful hints are avoiding cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and alcohol, since they inflame bronchial tissues. Not storing newspapers and magazines and making sure that old rugs, carpets, stuffed animals, and upholstered furniture are clean are also helpful. Houseplants can be a source for pollen and should be avoided in the homes of people who have allergies. Venting clothes dryers outside is important, as is removing damp clothes from the washer quickly so mold does not accumulate. Keeping windows closed during the summer and fall when the allergens are high in the air can be of help. Running a clean air conditioner in the summer months may also help take mold out of the air. A low-fat diet is recommended and avoiding foods that are mucus producing, such as dairy, yeast, and sweets, is important. If the person is allergic to a specific food, that food should also be avoided. Aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided in people who have allergies. Certain vitamins and herbs are known to help allergies. Consult herbal and nutritional references for further information.

Some Homeopathic Remedies That Can Help With the Symptoms Caused by Allergies

Allium Cepa

The eyes burn, sting, and swell and are sensitive to light. Tears are profuse but do not irritate the skin around the eyes (Euphrasia is the opposite with irritating eye discharge and non-irritating nasal discharge). An important characteristic is that the nose and eyes stream with great amounts of watery discharge. The person sneezes frequently. Acrid nasal discharge burns, making the nose and upper lip sore. Post-nasal drainage makes the throat raw. The person is extremely thirsty. A headache often accompanies the allergies and may be felt in the back of the head or in the forehead in the sinus area. Symptoms associated with Allium cepa seem to get better in the open air, especially when the air is cool. However, the cough that accompanies this illness may get worse when cool air is inhaled. Symptoms seem worse indoors or in a warm room.

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2:32PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thank you Dr. Neala Peake, for Sharing this!

10:16AM PST on Dec 3, 2012

Thanks!

11:45AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

to each their own

3:32AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

This is an interesting article because of its detailed explanations.
I feel better already, thanks !!

10:02AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

There is not one shred of scientific (clinical, testable, peer-reviewed) evidence to support the claims of homeopathy. See this (for one): http://www.quackwatch.com/search/webglimpse.cgi?ID=1&query=homeopathy

3:25AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Thanks Dr. Peake, for the interesting info.

2:14AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

To the naysayers.... it works! Many years ago I was as sick as a dog as the saying goes and went to the dr who gave me so many meds and they all didnt work in fact made me sicker and the cost was nearly $250 for nothing. I then went to a chinese chemist and bought stuff from him and said what would YOU do if I was your nationality? He went over to the Homeopathics and gave me Schuesslers Tissue Salts and said take x at x intervals and you will I am sure feel totally better in a few days. Well I did that and the next day all symptoms vanished. I was absolutely amazed.
Last year and into this year i was very ill and had some scans and proceedures. i was told to take X 3 x daily and you will for the rest of your life. i cant cope with that at all. Anyway having remembered how the homeopathics worked I rang the company and spoke to a Homeopath of that company who told me to take Y in those meds I referred too. After a week, the difference was amazing and now I have completely cured my serious health issue and told me Dr who raised her eyebrows and smiled. She knows I cant cope with her meds but she also has learnt about alt meds now too.
So if the homeopathics ARE placebo's then Im all for it rather than taking shocking side effects medical drugs that can/could make you sicker whereas homeopathics wont. All homeopathics treat like with like and if you need to read up on it...then please do and check various sources and you too might become a yes sayer instead!
I have cured

2:10AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

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11:36PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Interesting, thanks.

8:28PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Placebo effect or my grandma's 'remedios,' homeopathy is an option.

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