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.