Allergic symptoms manifest due to hypersensitive reactions of the body's immune system, after being exposed to certain substances like dust, foods, pollen, and environmental pollutants. While some people are allergic to dust and smoke, others may notice atopic reactions to cold weather and/or foods. Thus, a particular allergen is not harmful to the general people. Some of the medical conditions that are triggered by allergies are hay fever, asthma, eczema, and food allergies.
In general, it is quite confusing and time-consuming to identify the allergen. Diagnosis is made by conducting allergy tests, either allergy skin testing or allergy blood testing. After the correct identification of the cause, treatment for allergy relief involves using nasal sprays, administering medications, and injections to combat the immune system response towards the particular allergen. As people become more concerned about the side effects of allopathic drugs, alternative medicines and homeopathic remedies for allergies are most popular in recent times.
One can find end number of homeopathic products for allergies in the drugstore. Selecting the appropriate remedy as per the causing allergen and symptom may be very confusing. Hence, it is better to consult a qualified homeopathy doctor or a general physician regarding the effective remedy and its dosage for one's allergic condition. Following is a list of some commonly advocated homeopathic remedies for effectual treatment of allergies.
Lime Juice and Honey
Taking a mixture of lime juice and honey is an effective remedy for any kind of allergic reactions. In a glass of freshly prepared lemon juice, add one teaspoon of pure honey. Drink this juice on a daily basis for approximately one month, in order to get relief from the condition.
Euphrasia is believed to be a good remedy for allergies in children with symptoms like nasal discharge, watery eyes, and sensitivity to light spectrum. Nevertheless, prior to giving any dose of this herb to the kid, make sure to consult a physician for the possible side effects.
Chamomile is another effective cure for both children and adults, who are sensitive to allergic reactions. The anti-inflammatory active ingredients present in this medicinal herb help in overcoming fatigue, food allergies, muscle pain, and skin inflammation.
Licorice root is a traditional medicinal herb that has been used since many centuries. Taken in the form of tea, syrup, or powder, licorice is used for treatment of sore throat, chronic cough, bronchial congestion, and digestive problems. One can give licorice sticks for chewing to their child, in order to reduce these allergy symptoms.
For allergies to cats, natrum muriaticum helps treat watery eyes, constant sneezing, clear nasal discharge, and loss of taste. It is prepared after diluting table salt and available as pellets, tablets, and tinctures.
The use of ephedra herb as a herbal remedy is debatable. Even though it has been used for reducing hay fever, and cold and flu symptoms, this particular herb is known to interact with other therapeutic medicines, resulting in unexpected health effects. Thus, it should be taken under medical supervision.
Butterbur extract and tablets are widely used as natural treatments for allergies. Besides reducing seasonal allergies symptoms, this herb is used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of certain health problems such as chronic cough, stomach cramp, and migraine.
Homeopathic cures for seasonal allergies include using quercetin, that contain high amounts of antioxidants. This herbal cure indirectly helps in relieving the symptoms of hay fever by reducing the secretion of histamine (an inflammatory chemical produced by immune system in response to allergens).
Green herbal tea contains antioxidants that reduce the overproduction of inflammatory substance, histamine. For more effectiveness, one can add a teaspoon of honey in preparing green tea and drink it twice a day. Within one to two weeks time, one can notice improvements in the allergic symptoms.
Though homeopathic and/or herbal cures for allergies are said to be effective, the best method to combat these reactions is to avoid exposure to the particular allergen that triggers the symptoms. It is to be borne in mind that homeopathy can also lead to adverse effects, if taken in a higher dosage for a long period. Hence, to be on the safer side, always seek advice from the concerned physician prior to advocating these remedies for allergies of various types.
Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.