Homeopathic Treatment for Allergies
Allergies are reactions of the body to certain substances. The body is able to differentiate between substances it needs for its own use and substances it needs to discard by generating a reaction in order to get rid of them. For instance, smelling the nice scent of a rose can create a sneezing reaction. This reaction comes as the body’s mechanism of creating mucus that can carry the scent substance out of the body by sneezing. Diarrhea or stomachache can be other types of reactions used to dispose of substances perceived as harmful in the fastest way. As well, inflammation is a defense mechanism of the body to heal after an encounter with a foreign agent.
There are many reasons for allergies. There are chronic allergies due to dust, pets, etc. There are allergies related to the change of seasons when flowers are blooming, allergies due to vaccinations, prescription drugs and many more.
For example, when smelling pepper, an acute allergic reaction may occur. The result will be sneezing that will last for a short period of time.
The first and most important way of dealing with the symptoms is to avoid the aggressor agent.
Nutritional Approach to Allergies
Sometimes something goes wrong and the body fails to recognize some substances that are usually harmless as “friends” and starts attacking them, triggering an allergic reaction. This is the case with certain food sensitivities and allergies. It is believed that all allergies and food sensitivities are a result of poor digestion and absorption of nutrients in the gut. That is why treating the gut is the key to managing allergies and sensitivities. This is done by avoiding certain allergens and foods with low nutritional value (sugar, while flour, etc.) and switching to a nutritious whole-food diet. Taking certain supplements to heal the gut lining and to support the organs involved in digestion and absorption of nutrients is also very important.
Homeopathic Approach to Allergies
In homeopathy there are many remedies that can act prophylactically and also in real time as the symptoms appear. As in homeopathy I treat not only each individual ’s symptoms but also the person as a whole, there are many possible remedies to choose from.
The most common symptoms of allergies are nasal discharge, nasal obstruction, sneezing, sore throat, general discomfort and cough. We may experience mild burning of the eyes and nose wings, red lips and nose and sinus congestion and pain. As there are many remedies to choose from, as a homeopath, I will look for a few factors that differentiate between them.
A violent bout of sneezing that begins with itchiness and has watery discharge followed by burning sensation of the lips and nose wings together with great anxiety and desire to drink little sips of water may indicate a remedy by the name Arsenicum Album. The remedy Allium Cepa (onion) differentiates from Ars. Alb by having similar symptoms but not burning sensation. If you have an allergic reaction in the mornings, Allium Cepa might be your remedy. Interestingly as well, Allium Cepa will be indicated when a reaction occurs as a result of coming into contact with peach skin. Remember the watery eyes effect when cutting an onion, then the remedy Allium Cepa will be a good friend when you get a similar allergic reaction. For Ars. Alb. to be indicated, you might have reactions at night and as a result of environmental dust or pollution.
From the same family, Arsenicum Iodatum would be indicated when there is thick and yellow discharge like honey with a bad smell. When there are similar symptoms but with pain in the forehead, eye and cheekbones the indicated remedy might be Kali Iodatum. Another interesting symptom of Kali Iod. is that the person feels better being outside but at the same time the symptoms are aggravated.
If the common symptoms occur and there is a loss of smell and taste, it can be an indication of a remedy by the name Natrum Muriaticum (table salt). As a big differentiation, if a person can smell odors, but is very sensitive to them may need Allium Cepa.
As you can appreciate, there are many remedies (many more not mentioned in this article) and they belong to similar or very different allergy symptoms. Therefore, it is important that you pay attention to the symptoms you experience and record them before you decide to visit a homeopath.
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