Holistic Treatments and Practices for Allergy
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific points on the body, aims to regulate immune response to allergens. By stimulating those points, acupuncturists strive to unblock the body's flow of vital energy and restore balance to the immune system and the entire body.
A homeopathy treatment is a gradual process and not designed to give instant results but anecdotally, homeopathy is highly effective in the treatment of allergies and capable of stimulating the body to heal for complete relief from all allergy symptoms by reestablishing the body's immune system and decreasing the reaction to the substances that trigger the allergic reaction.
Hypnotherapy has been shown be highly effective at relieving the symptoms of allergies. Many times allergic reactions can be totally elliminated with only a few sessions as hypnosis can be effective in relieving the physical reactions within the body due to sensitivities that lead to allergic symptoms as well as relieving the stress that can often trigger an allergic episode.
An allergy occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to a substance that is normally harmless. Allergy Therapy is the process whereby a trained therapist will work with you to determine the root cause of your symptoms and provide you with a recommended personal plan to restore your body to full health, whether by avoiding allergic triggers or by strenthening your immune system or through moderated exposure to the substance to which you are allergic.
Ayurvedic medicine can help eliminate allergens from the body, strengthen the immune system overall and eliminate impurities through cleanses and lifestyle modifications. Ayurvedic medicine works on increasing the sensitivity & nervine strength of immunity of the respiratory system.
Yoga does not affect allergies directly but it assists with allergy management and prevention by helping to relieve stress that can increase the allergic response. As you reduce your level of stress, the immune system reduces its production of stress hormones and histamines, a major contributor to inflammation. Certain yoga poses and breathing exercises also expand your chest and lungs and clear your nasal passages, all of which can help to relieve or reduce your allergic symptoms.
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics is based on the concept that an allergy can be caused by the body associating a negative physical sensation with a particular stimuli and that by identifying the association and replacing the negative association with a positive one, the allergic reaction can be eliminated. AAT is not a medical treatment but is based on the principles of traditional acupuncture. AAT does not treat the symptoms of allergies or sensitivities involving life threatening reactions or anaphylaxis.
Cupping is a form of traditional Chinese Medicine. Cupping facilitates the movement of blood and vital energy within the body. It treats muscle and joint pain, stiffness and arthritis, as well as strengthening the immune system and promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid. It also cleanses the blood and lymph and helps to balance PH levels. Many of these results an reduce allergice reactions. Cupping is a complementary treatment for relief from allergies, often combined with Acupuncture based on the theory that the root of allergic diseases is qi vacuity.
Reflexology is used as a complementary therapy for a variety of illnesses including allergies. Manipulating and pressing with firm pressure on the reflexology points, helps to relieve some allergic symptoms and to restore the immune system in the body. Reflexology may also improve blood circulation, relieve pain and detoxify the body.
Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) is a holistic approach for the treatment of allergies, drawing on a combination of principles from acupressure, chiropractic and homeopathy. NAET is a method that detects and corrects energy blockages through a natural “resetting” of the body that releases the body's reaction to specific items.
An allergy is an exaggerated immune response or reaction to substances that are not generally harmful. Allergies are extremely common, and can be caused by a combination of genetic factors, environmental factors and exposure to substances.
The immune system is supposed to protect you against harmful substances (i.e. infections, bacteria and viruses). It also reactions to substances that are foreign to your body (allergens), but this reaction is usually harmless.
An allergy is an over-reaction of the immune system (also called sensitivity). When the immune system notices an allergen, it releases chemicals to fight off that perceived intruder, and this is what you experience as an allergic reaction.
Allergies can run a large gamut, from hay fever (often grass or pollen allergies) to food sensitivities, to skin reactions to drug allergies to allergies to mold, dust and pets and to particular triggers like bee stings. The most dangerous type of allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis - this can be life threatening and needs to be treated with a medication called epinephrine. Signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic attack include: loss of consciousness, lightheadedness, severe shortness of breath, a rapid, weak pulse, a skin rash, nausea and vomiting and swelling airways, which can block breathing. Any of these are an indication that you should get to a hospital as rapidly as possible for medical treatment.
Some of the commonly more dangerous types of allergic reactions include:
- peanut or nut allergies
- shellfish allergies
- bee sting allergies
- latex allergies
- aspirin allergies
Allergy symptoms may include:
- shortness of breath
- burning or itchy or red, swollen eyes
- Allergic shiners (dark circles under the eyes caused by increased blood flow near the sinuses)
- a runny nose
- drowsiness or tiredness (much of the body's energy is going into fighting off the allergen)
- increased mucus production and a sense of being congested
- hives or skin rashes or blisters
- itching (in any of the parts of the body)
- stomach cramps
- abdominal pain
- swelling of the lips, tongue, face or throat (generally for a food allergy)
Allergies are closely related to a variety of other medical conditions such as asthma and eczema) and are exacerbated by contact with the substance you are allergic to, but they can also be exacerbated by the frequency of contact, by the degree of reactions you have had in the past (many allergic reactions increase in severity over time and with increased exposure to the same substance), by the degree of stress your body is experiencing at the time of the exposure, and by other environmental factors.
There are a number of medical treatments for allergies, including antihistamines, corticosteroids, decongestants, leukotriene inhibitors and allergy shots. While it is critical for a life threatening (anaphylactic) allergic reaction to take medication, many of the other medications can be avoided or decreased through a variety of holistic treatments.
The first suggestion if you have an allergic reaction to a substance is generally to avoid it. However, this is not always realistic and unfortunately people who have one allergy will often have other related allergies (particularly if there is a genetic component or an environmental component at play in their allergic reactions). There are a number of treatments using desensitization in various forms and techniques to relax the body and retrain the immune system that can be as effective or more effective than medication in preventing the re-occurence of allergic attacks (again, if the attack is severe, medication is critical) and reducing the symptomatic effects.