Many people seek allergy relief naturally since this can be a powerful method of strengthening the immune system, minimizing allergy symptoms, and obtaining relief. For most people, though, the method of dealing with symptoms is through medication; they want a quick, “12-hour” fix so they don’t even have to think about their sniffling and sneezing throughout their busy day. However, alternative health treatment is steadily on the rise, with the vitamin industry taking in billions of dollars per year. Let’s make a brief review and have a look at the diverse methods for treating this pathology.

Incidence

Some medical statistics indicate that 1-in-7 Americans experienced the symptoms of an allergy in 1950. By 1970, approximately 1-in-5 reported having allergies. And by 1985, approximately 75 Million Americans, or 1-in-3, suffered from allergies.

What is an allergy?

An allergy is a catch-all word for a wide variety of reactions to substances that the body determines to be foreign. Anything that it does not recognize as itself can be considered an allergen. When the body encounters a foreign substance, it reacts by making antibodies or releasing certain chemicals called histamines. When histamines and other substances are released into the system, they cause an inflammatory reaction we call an allergy.

What are the symptoms?

The inflammatory reaction affects the tissue and organs, mainly the skin, mucous membranes, lungs and gastrointestinal tract.

Symptoms commonly produced include itching and watery eyes, runny and congested nose and sinuses, sneezing, respiratory symptoms, headache, skin reactions and rapid heart beat. Other symptoms may include fatigue, intestinal gas or pain, abdominal bloating and mood changes.

Primary external factors causing allergies

Natural environmental substances: Mold, spores, pollen from trees, flowers and grasses, dust (actually dust mites), animal hairs and insects are common substances that normally produce upper respiratory symptoms (allergies ) in sensitive individuals. These allergy producing substances may cause itching, redness and fluid (water & mucous) may affect the eyes, throat, nose, sinuses, bronchial tubes, and lungs.

  • Foods: Any food may be an allergen. The most common are wheat, milk, eggs, com, yeast coffee and chocolate. These may affect most body systems, with the gastrointestinal, nervous, respiratory and skin areas affected the most when allergies occur.
  • Chemicals: Both environmental chemicals and food additives can cause allergy reactions, such as pesticides, chemical sprays, hydrocarbons, and hundreds of others. Tobacco also contains many allergens.

Foods commonly associated with specific allergies

Allergy Symptom

Associated Foods

Headaches Wheat, chocolate
Migraine Headaches Alcoholic beverages, cheese, chocolate, nuts, wheat, citrus fruits, tomatoes, MSG, nitrates, eggs, and milk
Eczema Citrus fruits, tomatoes, and eggs
Hay Fever Milk, wheat, nuts, chocolate, cola drinks, and sulfites
Hives Strawberries, tomatoes, eggs, chocolate, shellfish, mangoes, pork, and nuts
Childhood Allergies Milk, wheat, eggs, artificial coloring/flavors, salicylates, peanuts, rye, beef, and fish
Asthma Wheat and eggs
Cerebral Symptoms Corn, wheat, and soybeans

Other factors that may lead to allergies

Eating habits during the first year of life may impact a baby’s allergy sensitivities.

  • Feeding babies solid food too early
  • Lack of breast feeding
  • Gluten allergies from too early of feeding grains such as corn, wheat and oats

Poor digestion increases allergies.

  • Improper chewing
  • Poor hydrochloric acid in the stomach
  • Lack of pancreatic enzymes and bile
  • Excessive fluid intake around meals

The presence of parasites, worms, candida albicans, and other bacteria may increase allergies.

Stress.

  • Emotional & mental anxiety and fatigue all increase the susceptibility to allergies.
  • Menstrual stress (hormone changes) also seem to increase allergic reactions.

Environmental Toxicity.

  • Food additives, certain food colors, sulfates, MSG, etc., may contribute to allergies.

Low nutritional levels.

  • Particularly Vitamins C, A, and E, and many minerals help reduce allergies.

Excess or repeated contact with particular foods and substances.

  • Eating the same food over and over again may indicate the presence of an allergy
  • Eating foods that are “craved” – these may be the ones that cause the most allergies.

Natural alternatives to get rid of allergies?

Allergist Dr. Cliff Bassett talked about some of the more popular — and effective — natural remedies for allergy symptoms on “Good Morning America.” Bassett said “natural” does not necessarily mean safe or effective, and people may have unintended side effects. Check with your doctor before trying any natural remedy, especially if you are pregnant or nursing.

Natural allergy treatment – the orthomolecular approach (Nutritional help for allergies)

The “orthomolecular” approach is a natural allergy treatment program that focuses on using nutritional supplements to strengthen the body. This approach comprises the use of “higher amounts of various nutrients to support the body’s functions and to alter abnormal physiology and correct functional or metabolic nutritional imbalances” (Hass, 1992, p. 873).
With the orthomolecular approach, by “supporting the body’s functions” and enhancing the immune system, we can obtain allergy relief. It makes total sense to use nutrition as a natural allergy treatment rather than the conventional use of drugs. Vitamins, minerals, and herbs are immune enhancers and will not weaken the body’s defenses in the long term.
Nutritional supplements will work in different ways to provide you with allergy relief. Some nutrients and herbs strengthen the adrenals so your body can better fend off attack by allergens. Other nutrients and herbs work as natural antihistamines and natural decongestants to keep breathing passages clear. Still other herbs and dietary supplements relieve the inflammation that often accompanies allergies.
When devising your own treatment program, it is recommended that you strengthen your immune system by using some of the “immune boosters” listed below. The nutritional literature often indicates that the most powerful natural allergy remedy available is vitamin C with quercitin. This is a great place to start for neutralizing histamine reactions and obtaining allergy relief.

Quercitin:
Rich in bioflavonoids. Reduces allergic reactions.

  • Anti-inflammatory activity.
  • Reduces histamine release.
  • Helps rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis and asthma.

Green Tea Extract (Theasinensis):
Green tea is rich in phytonutrients that help to ward off everyday cellular attacks. In Chinese medicine it is used to facilitate digestion and enhance mental function.

  • Effective against many types of bacteria.
  • Lowers risk of esophageal cancer.
  • Helps to cut cholesterol.
  • Helps regulate blood sugar.

Selenium (Amino Acid Chelate):
Selenium protects cell membranes and stimulates immune function.

  • Increases B-cell antibody response.
  • Enhances function of vitamin C.
  • Essential to production of Coenzyme Q10.

Bromelain:
Inhibits pro-inflammatory compounds. Assists in digestion of vegetable protein. Helps promote circulation and post-traumatic reabsorption of inflammatory by-products.

Papain:
Contains papain an enzyme effective in breaking down protein and dead tissue.

Licorice Root (4 to 1 extract):
Studied for its antiallergic, antiarthritic properties. In Chinese medicine said to replenish vital energy, moisten the lungs, and strengthen digestion. Used to support inflammation of the skin.

Copper (Amino Acid Chelate):
Crucial to the formation of helper T-cells. An essential component of Super Oxide Dismutase, an antioxidant that fights free radial damage to the mitochondria, the energy producing portion of the cell.

Molybdenum (Amino Acid Chelate):
Enhances the use of sulfur amino acids by the body. Enhances the cells utilization of vitamin C; detoxifies sulfites and aldehydes.

Magnesium (Citrate):
Considered the anti-stress mineral. Buffers the acidic stage of an allergic reaction. Required in many of the body’s detoxification pathways. May reduce the broncho-constrictor in asthma by relaxing the muscles around the bronchial tubes.

Calcium (Citrate):
Helps to regulate the body’s acid/alkaline balance in tissues. Buffers the acidic stage of an allergic reaction. Reduces histamine production.

Vitamin B15:
Helps lessen muscle fatigue and increase endurance.

Vitamin C (Ascorbate):
Shown to decrease production of histamine, reducing immediate allergy potential. Helps to relieve allergic symptoms and prevent inflammatory reactions. Provides an anti-histamine-like effect. Assists in production of adrenal hormones needed to combat the stress imposed by allergic reactions.

Herbs for adrenal support

Herbs are generally considered to be quite safe, and they can be an important addition to your natural allergy treatment regimen. However, be aware that natural substances are contraindicated for some conditions and they can affect the way your body utilizes certain medications. For example:

• Goldenseal should not be used if you have high blood pressure

• Licorice should not be used by those with diabetes, high blood pressure, or liver or kidney disorders

• Marshmallow can slow the absorption of medications that are taken at the same time

• Echinacea should not be used by those with tuberculosis, lupus, or multiple sclerosis

Because of the possible interactions between herbs and certain conditions, it is wise to check with your doctor before adding herbs to your natural allergy treament program.

  • Licorice Root – One of the most popular herbal remedies. Encourages the production of certain hormones by the adrenal glands. Reduces inflammation and increases the level of interferon, which fights viruses.
  • Sarsaparilla Root – Promotes healthy circulation, benefits the glandular system, and stimulates natural hormone production.
  • Bladderwrack – Promotes glandular health, regulates metabolism, treats adrenal gland problems. Immune system booster.
  • Irish Moss – (seaweed, kelp) Anti-viral and immune system booster.
  • Ginger Root – Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. Stimulates the immune system.
  • Astragalus – Has the ability to increase metabolic activity and strengthen the immune system. Helps to build a natural resistance to colds and flu. Increases the body’s production of interferon.
  • Capsicum – High in vitamin C. May help the respiratory system fight infection. Increases energy. Used as an expectorant. High in quercitin, a natural antihistamine, which helps those with allergies and respiratory problems.
  • Rose Hips Extract – Used for adrenal gland problems, as well as the treatment of colds, flu, and fever. Useful for preventing and healing infections.

Herbs as a natural antihistamine and decongestant

  • Marshmallow Root – Known to relieve irritation of mucous membranes and helps the body expel excess mucous.
  • Burdock – Helps clear congestion in the respiratory system. Also used to treat colds and sore throats.
  • Mullein – A popular remedy for cough, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. Soothes the throat and clears congestion.
  • Goldenseal Root – Contains berberine which is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Soothes inflamed mucous membranes. When used topically, provides antibiotic effect.
  • Eyebright – Helpful for conditions involving the mucous membranes. Used for congestion, coughs, and hay fever. Some say Eyebright works well in conjunction with Stinging Nettle. A very effective part of any natural allergy treatment program.
  • Stinging Nettle – Significant relief from hay fever has been reported. A very effective part of any natural allergy treatment program.
  • Acerola cherry – One of the richest sources of vitamin C. Excellent as a natural anti-histamine.
  • Ma Huang – Contains ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. Stimulates the central nervous system and opens the airways.
  • Capsicum – High in vitamin C. May help the respiratory system fight infection. Increases energy. Used as an expectorant. High in quercitin, a natural antihistamine, which helps those with allergies and respiratory problems.
  • Rosemary – Used to strengthen the nervous system. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • White Pine – Treats chest congestion, colds, and coughs. An excellent expectorant which reduces mucus secretions and helps its elimination. Also a powerful antioxidant.

How to Cure Allergy And Rash with Natural Treatments

  1. For rash and allergies Melt 3 full tablespoons of potato flour in a glass of water, add to a bucket of water, repeat with more buckets and fill up a tub. Relax in the tub several times a day.
  2. Use avocado paste to apply on rash.

Last tips

Remember to drink lots of water , do some exercise and eat healthy and natural, it can’t do nothing but help.

Sources: naturalways.com, allergyescape.com, abcnews.go.com

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