An allergy is an overaggressive immune response triggered by ingesting certain foods, touching certain substances, or inhaling an irritant such as pollen or animal dander.
Allergies to pollen, spores, mold, and dust affect the respiratory system and are usually the most difficult to control.
From a naturopathic viewpoint, allergies are often associated with weak adrenal, immune, and digestive functions. Natural treatments are used to support and improve those functions. Good health can help ease allergy symptoms, and good health starts with nutrition. People sensitive to airborne allergens may also be sensitive to certain foods. Identifying and removing those foods from the diet can greatly improve health and reduce allergy symptoms.
To reduce allergy symptoms, eat a moderately low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diet. Drink 1/2 of body weight in ounces of water daily (e.g., a 150 lb person would drink 75 oz of water).
Include these following foods in your diet:
– Organic Dark green, leafy vegetables
– Organic Deep yellow and orange vegetables
– Nettles, bamboo shoots, cabbage, beet tops, beets, carrots, yams
– Onions, garlic, ginger, cayenne, horseradish
Herbal medicines rarely have significant side effects when used appropriately and at suggested doses. Occasionally, an herb at the prescribed dose causes stomach upset or headache. This may reflect the purity of the preparation or added ingredients, such as synthetic binders or fillers. Always look for the purest organic herbs.
Some of the best herbs used to treat allergy symptoms are:
Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) - Used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) - Reduces congestion and secretions. It is good for itchy eyes, sneezing, and excess mucus.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) - Helps reduce allergic, inflammatory, and histaminic reactions and supports liver function.
Red clover (Trifolium pratense) – Helps build the body’s resistance to allergies.
Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) - Used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) - Reduces congestion and secretions.
Make a tea of one herb or a combination of herbs. Take 3 to 4 cups a day. If the herbs are in tincture form, combine several of them and take 1 -3 dropper 3 to 4 times a day.