More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies every single year. Allergic reactions can vary in severity. Some people with seasonal allergies might just get an itchy nose or watery eyes, while a peanut allergy can be fatal. Other allergy symptoms include low blood pressure, trouble breathing, asthma attacks, rashes, sneezing, and hives. Keep reading to learn if homeopathy works for allergies.
There is currently no cure for allergies. Symptoms can be managed through prevention and treatment plans, and allergy patients often work closely with their doctors to ensure the best quality of life possible. People with food allergies must avoid that ingredient, paying close attention to where the product was manufactured.
Sometimes, shared facilities can cross-contaminate the products and become unsafe for people with food allergies. Seasonal allergy sufferers take other precautions, like regularly washing their hands and hair.
Antihistamines can help people with seasonal allergies, and other reactions that cause you to sneeze, have an itchy or stuffy nose, and have watery eyes. EpiPens are used for severe allergic reactions, like food, drugs, or insect bites. People with allergies carry an EpiPen on them in case of a severe allergic reaction.
So, can homeopathic remedies help allergy sufferers? The short answer is yes, but let’s take a further look.
What Is Homeopathy?
Homeopathic treatments use a small amount of naturally occurring substances, either from plants, minerals, or animals, to stimulate a natural response in the body. One basic principle supporting homeopathy is the idea of “like cures like.” This means something that brings on negative symptoms in a healthy person can treat an illness with similar symptoms.
It was developed in Generamy in the late 1700s and is still a popular practice throughout Europe. Using chamomile for teething infants or St. John’s Wort to treat depression are two examples of common homeopathic remedies.
Homeopathic remedies are usually taken orally in tablet form, typically in one or two doses, though you can use creams, gels, sugar pellets, and even liquid drops. Some homeopathic ingredients can be toxic, however, such small amounts aren’t harmful and show therapeutic effects. Arsenic is one example, and like all homeopathic preparations, it should be ingested with extreme care.
Homeopathy for Allergies
When it comes to seasonal allergies, there’s not much you can do to prevent an allergic reaction. Allergy sufferers often avoid going outside and are diligent in washing their hands, hair, and clothes of pollen and other irritants. But, it’s not foolproof, and staying indoors all season isn’t practical. That’s why so many seasonal allergy sufferers turn to holistic alternatives to manage their symptoms.
Before treating yourself for allergies with homeopathic preparations, make sure you’re not suffering from another condition, like sinusitis or coronavirus. If you’re running a fever, you likely aren’t experiencing allergies but a virus or bacterial infection. Homeopathic remedies are specific to the condition and symptom, so they won’t work if you don’t know what you’re treating.
Research suggests that homeopathy could be effective in treating seasonal allergies because homeopathic therapy acts as an immunoregulator or immunomodulator, regulating or reviving the immune system to perform at its best.
Which homeopathic treatments best treat allergies?
First: people taking steroids should be mindful of using homeopathic remedies, as some clinical studies show steroids and homeopathic solutions could create adverse drug reactions. This includes oral, topical, and inhaled steroid medications.
Your healthcare provider will help you find the right preparations, but here are some common remedies:
Red onion is one example of a homeopathic solution for allergies. Using the “like cures like” principle, red onion makes healthy people’s eyes water. In homeopathic doses, red onion reduces watery eyes in people with allergies.
This plant is toxic in non-therapeutic doses. Aconitum napellus treats a variety of symptoms, including those associated with common cold, flu, and seasonal allergies like watery eyes and an itchy nose. This remedy is best given within the first 24 hours of symptoms.
Euphrasia is most commonly used in the form of eye drops to treat conditions like conjunctivitis, but it’s also in other forms such as tablets. But, recent research reveals that the benefits of using euphrasia extend to other symptoms affecting the ear, nose, and throat.
A tickling cough, sneezing, watery eyes, or clear nasal discharge are all indicators that allium cepa can help. If you feel thirsty and feel worse in warm, indoor spaces but better in the fresh air – allum cepa might be able to help.
A burning, watery, and runny nose could be helped by arsenicum album, especially if you feel restless, anxious, chilly, and extremely fatigued. You might even have a wheezy cough or swelling below the eyes.
Other Holistic Treatments For Allergies
It is important to remember that there are currently no cures for allergies.
Also, keep in mind that food and drug allergies are far more serious than seasonal allergies. You should always consult with a healthcare provider before treating yourself for serious allergies, especially if you’re taking other medications like steroids. Like seasonal allergies, food and drug allergies have responded well to homeopathic and holistic solutions. However, it’s only safe to explore under a doctor’s care.
Homeopathy remedies for allergies are a great solution to keep in your tool kit, but there are plenty of holistic remedies to choose from. Nasal irrigation (through a Neti pot or something similar), eating natural histamines found in Vitamin C and bromelain-rich foods, and hemp-derived CBD products are three drug-free ways to manage your allergies.
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