Natural Therapies for Allergies

Aug 08, 2014

Allergies affect many of us, with reactions ranging from a simple sneeze to anaphylactic shock. It could be a food, animals, hay or even cosmetics that triggers an allergic reaction, or simply a change in seasons.

Therapies for Severe Allergies

If you have been a severe allergic reaction, you must seek urgent medical attention. Chances are, you will be given medication to prevent anaphylaxis, which can be life threatening.

However, if you have milder allergies such as those brought on by pollen, hay and other common irritants, there are some natural ways to keep a reaction at bay.

Some people are able to just use natural therapies to manage allergies, while others will use them in conjunction with a medical treatment. You should discuss your desire to use natural remedies with your heath care professional, to ensure the treatments are complementary.

Natural Therapies for Allergies

There are many natural therapies that have been show to reduce allergies and allergy symptoms. Here are a few you could try:

  • Kinesiology: a kinesiologist will undertake a range of tests to discover the cause of the allergy and test which treatments will be effective.
  • Massage: while no one really needs an excuse to get a massage, it has been found to reduce stress and anxiety, which can trigger allergic reactions. It’s certainly not a replacement for treatments, but rather an add-on to consider.
  • Nutrition: many allergies are caused by food. A naturopath, nutritionist or other professional can help you pinpoint which foods are causing a reaction and devise a diet that prevents it being ingested.
  • Hypnotherapy: anecdotal evidence has shown that hypnotherapy may encourage the body to deal with allergies more effectively, in turn reducing allergic reactions.

Other natural remedies include:

  • Neti pots
  • Saline spray
  • Stinging nettle
  • Bromelain
  • Vitamin C
  • Phleum pratense

The important thing to remember is that there is no one proven treatment for mild allergies. It’s simply a case of trying different therapies and treatments to discover what works for you. Whatever route you take, always discuss it with your health care professional to ensure there is no risk of your allergies advancing.

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