Choosing an Alternative

Bat­tling aller­gies used to be a single-option type of deal. You shot your­self full of pre­scrip­tion drugs and stuck it out. Pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures included keep­ing your envi­ron­ment clean and avoid­ing con­tact with aller­gens. As time has marched on, how­ever, other meth­ods of allergy treat­ment have arisen, alter­na­tives to pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions that come from more nat­ural sources. If you’ve had it with drugs and doc­tors, here are a few options you can try to treat your allergies.

  • Acupunc­ture: In this tra­di­tional Chi­nese med­ical method, nee­dles are inserted into the epi­der­mis at spe­cific points on the body. This method sup­pos­edly restores the body’s “vital flows”.
  • Herbal med­ica­tions: Nat­ural reme­dies like but­ter­bur, biminne, and some Chi­nese herbal mixes have been used as an alter­na­tive to doctor-prescribed remedies.
  • Home­opa­thy: This method depends on the the­ory that you can build immu­nity to dis­eases by expos­ing your­self to sub­stances that cause that dis­ease in very small doses. In sub­lin­gual immunother­apy, which is very sim­i­lar to home­opa­thy, the immune-boosting drops are placed under the tongue.
  • Saline nasal wash (Nasal irri­ga­tion): This method involves using a saline fluid to wash tox­ins and aller­gens out of sinuses and other nasal passages.
  • Change of diet: Eat­ing nat­ural whole foods, i.e. fruits, veg­eta­bles, and foods that con­tain Omega-3 fatty acids, help boost the immune system.
  • Honey: Honey nur­tures the immune sys­tem and con­tains pollen, help­ing to accli­mate the body to pollen. Honey also con­tains enzymes that reduce inflammation.
  • Sting­ing net­tle: This plant con­tains his­t­a­mine, a sub­stance that induces allergy symp­toms. Use of sting­ing net­tle helps you to acquire tolerance.
  • Aro­mather­apy: Aro­matic plant oils and extracts are added to baths and mas­sages, build­ing up your immune sys­tem. Many of these sub­stances con­tain nat­ural anti­his­t­a­mines and anti-inflammatory properties.

And just for fun, here are a cou­ple tips to help you avoid con­tact aller­gens in the first place:

  • Avoid using win­dow fans to cool rooms in your home.
  • Keep wid­ows closed and use the air con­di­tioner in your car while driving.
  • Limit your out­door time when pollen counts are high.


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