Natural Cures for Allergies

Itchy watery eyes, constant sneezing, stuffy nose and sinus pressure...hmm could it be allergy season? Allergies can make your life miserable and many people find that over-the-counter medications don't do that great a job of alleviating the symptoms. Naturopath, Dr. Angela Lambert had some tips for natural cures to relieve those nasty allergy symptoms.

Seasonal Allergies   
1. Symptoms may include:
 Runny nose
 Itchy watery eyes
 Sinus headache and congestion
 Foggy thinking
 Sore throat
 Dry cough
 Nasal polyps
2. Symptoms are not the problem they are the indication that there IS a problem.
 a. focus treatment BEYOND simply symptom relief
 b. increase your internal resistance so that your cup does not flow over.
 c. if your body is not clearing out the toxins efficiently, adding pollen to your system will tip your “cup of health” over.  Hence some people experience allergies and others don’t.

3. SHORT TERM SOLUTIONS which palliate symptoms
 a. Decrease Inflammation
  Anti-inflammatory diet
 b. Immune System Balancing,
  Probiotics, Botanicals, Homeopathy and Vitamins
 c. Stabilize Mast Cells
  Herbs, Homeopathy, and Vitamins
 d. Improve Capillary Integrity
  Herbs, Homeopathy, and Vitamins
 e. For Best Results
  Start one month before allergy season
 f. Stress management

Some helpful options:
 Vitamin C prevents secretion of histamine from Mast Cells
 Essential Fatty Acids: anti-inflammatory and strengthens cell membranes
 Bromelain, Curcumin
 Quercetin stabilizes mast cell membranes, inhibits release of histamine
 Probiotics – educate and strengthen the immune system

Botanicals/ Herbs:
 Nettles    Oregon grape  Yarrow
 Euphrasia – can help with sinus congestion, low energy, detoxification
 Horseradish   Scutellaria  Glycyrhiza

Things you can do: diet, lifestyle choices
Things that a professional can help you with: 
 Help choose individual acute solutions for allergy relief
 Help to interpret your symptoms, so that you know WHY you have them and what they
   are trying to tell you.
  Help stop the progression of dis-ease and put you on a path of improved health and

1.Plenty of sleep
2. Anti-inflammatory whole foods
3. Exercise regularly. 
4. Wash your hands several times per day to prevent exposure.
5. Keep the back of your neck warm at all times. 
6. Keep Immune-boosting herbs on hand for prevention and early treatment.
7. Stay hydrated. 
8. Practice stress management techniques like deep breathing, yoga and qi gong.  This will help to keep stress from suppressing your immune system.
9. Avoid sugar. Large amounts of sugar can suppress your immune system for hours increasing your risk of infection.
10. Nip it in the bud.  If you get chilled, warm the back of your neck with a hairdryer and drink ginger tea.  If you feel a sore throat coming on, drink peppermint tea and avoid spicy foods, alcohol and coffee.  Schedule an acupuncture appointment to give your immune system a boost.



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