Seeking good relief from allergies: Try natural interventions

2013-11-09 10:48

Allergies are very troubling with constant sneezing, stuffy noses, watery eyes, headaches, and bothersome itching of the eyes and nose. This can be very costly for your daily productivity as it hits your quality of life by making you miserable. Imagine suffering from a horrible cold for weeks with no relief as is often seen with allergy sufferers. Natural alternatives for allergy sufferers are far more preferable than drugs due to the side effect profiles associated with allergy drugs.

Dr. Lisa Lewis, ND, of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians shares some very insightful considerations for the natural treatment of allergies. An allergic response is a super sensitive immune response which is set off by consuming certain foods, touching certain substances, or inhaling irritants such as pollen or animal dander. The most difficult allergies to control are allergies to pollen, spores, mold, and dust, which affect the respiratory system.

Naturopaths see allergies as generally being associated with weak adrenal, immune, and digestive
systems. The goal of natural treatments is to support and improve the functioning of these systems while alleviating hay fever symptoms. It is believed that being in good health, which begins with good nutrition, may help to ease the symptoms of allergies. It is also important to identify foods which may setting off allergies and to remove them from your diet.

A good diet is important for allergy sufferers

It is suggested that your diet should be relatively low in fat with high-complex-carbohydrate content and that you should drink eight or more glasses of water everyday. The following foods should be included in high quantities in your diet:

  1. Dark green, leafy vegetables
  2. Deep yellow and orange vegetables
  3. Nettles
  4. Bamboo shoots
  5. Cabbage
  6. Beet tops
  7. Beets
  8. Carrots
  9. Yams
  10. Onions
  11. Garlic
  12. Ginger
  13. Cayenne
  14. Horseradish

The following foods should be eliminated from your diet:

1: Alcohol, caffeine, and dairy products

2: Bananas and citrus fruit

3: Chocolate

4: Food colorings (tartrazine)

5: Peanuts

6: Red meat

7: Sugar

8: Wheat

Many supplements help with allergies

The list of supplements which may help you deal with allergies includes:

1: Bioflavonoids (e.g., quercetin, catechin, and hesperidin)

2: Flaxseed oil

3: Probiotics


4: High potency multivitamins

5: Vitamin A

6: Vitamin C

7: Vitamin E

8: Zinc

Herbal medicines are helpful for allergies

There are many herbal medicines which are also very helpful with allergies, which include:

1: Dong quai (Angelica sinensis)

2: Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)

3: Gingko (Gingko biloba)

4: Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)

5: Red clover (Trifolium pratense)

6: Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica)

7: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)


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It all makes sense. The foods to avoid are inflammatory. But I'm not sure about homeopathy. It keeps resurfacing as not science based medicine. I was shocked that Dr. Oz discussed homeopathy even. hmmm.
I have read about the controversy with homeopathy. The Society of Homeopaths states: "The principle of treating “like with like” dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC) but in its current form, homeopathy has been widely used worldwide for more than 200 years." However, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states, "There is little evidence to support homeopathy as an effective treatment for any specific condition." Perhaps we should try to get Dr. Oz to share some of his thoughts, in more depth, about homeopathy with us.
I think that would be interesting indeed Harold!