5 Natural Allergy Remedies
In this time of year, many people suffer from seasonal allergies. One of the questions we often get at The Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine is “what is your approach to natural allergy relief?”
First, let’s take a look at what allergies actually are. In my book, Prescription for Natural Cures, it reads “an allergic reaction occurs when the immune system misinterprets a normally nontoxic substance, such as grass, pollen, detergents, or a certain food as a harmful invader.” The immune system responds by creating histamines, which create bodily reactions like rashes, nasal and respiratory congestion, and increased mucous production. When the body is being attacked by an actual invader, these reactions are helpful. An allergy is the body overacting to a harmless agent.
Seasonal allergies (and food allergies) can be caused by genetics, nutritional deficiencies, lack of exposure to germs/allergies as a child, or even poor digestion. Some common allergy triggers are mold, dust, trees, grass, pollen, animal dander, insect venom, metals, household chemicals, and some cosmetics. All of them are uncomfortable at best.
So what can do you about it? Well, there are several pharmaceutical options for dealing with seasonal allergies that boast side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, upset stomach, blurred vision, and over drying of the mouth, nose, and throat (so you can counter your excess mucous production with excess dryness, or your rash with nausea). We don’t like those options very much, so we’ve put together 5 natural allergy remedies to help you get natural allergy relief. Please note: This is for informational purposes only and should NOT be used as a replacement for medical advice or a doctor’s treatment.
- Homeopathy: Take a combination allergy homeopathic remedy as directed on the container. These are available at most health food stores. However, at our clinic, we provide patients with precise homeopathic desensitization drops for the allergens bothering you.
- Butterbur: Take a standardized product that contains 8 to 16 mg of petasin per dose three to four times daily.
- Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica): Take 300 to 500 mg daily. Studies show that it is effective for hay fever.
- Methylsulfoylmethane (MSM): Take 3,000 to 5,000 mg daily. It reduces allergic and inflammatory responses.
- Quercitin: Take 1,000 mg three times daily. It has a natural antihistamine effect.
Evaluate this information for yourself and see if one of these natural allergy relief methods works for you. You may be able to switch to a natural remedy and shake off the drowsy, dizzying, dry feeling you get from over the counter allergy medications.
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