Homeopathy for Allergies
People who suffer from upper respiratory allergies know what a debilitating nuisance these symptoms can be. The most common symptoms of allergies include frequent sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and red, itchy eyes. Over-the-counter medications are often used to treat allergy symptoms but provide only temporary relief of symptoms. One alternative treatment for allergy sufferers to consider is homeopathic medicine.
Why Use Homeopathy to Treat Allergies?
Conventional treatment for allergies includes over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants and corticosteroids. These drugs do not cure your allergies. In fact, antihistamines and decongestants suppress the immune system. While conventional treatments might temporarily alleviate your symptoms, they sometimes create unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness and dry mouth.
In contrast, homeopathic medicine alleviates allergy symptoms without the side effects, working with a body's natural responses to strengthen the immune system. As a result, professional homeopathic treatment can help the immune system correct an imbalance and decrease the body’s response to allergens.
How to Use Homeopathy to Help Allergies
Allergies are deep-seated conditions and are best treated with the guidance of an experienced homeopathic practitioner. Those who are under professional homeopathic care are urged to consult with their practitioners before self-administering home treatment. Self-treatment for allergies can be effective for acute, short-lived attacks. The most common dosages for self-treatment are typically low potency dosages: 6x, 6c, 12x, 12c, 30x, and 30c. Under the care of an experience homeopathy practitioner, you can receive the most effective homeopathic remedy for your specific condition.
Homeopathic Remedies for Allergies
The following is a list of homeopathic remedies for allergies. Picking the correct remedy for your specific symptoms will provide the most effective treatment.
Allium Cepa (red onion) - for clear, burning nasal discharge; frequent sneezing in open air; red and burning eyes with profuse tearing that is non-irritating to the skin; frequent urge to rub eyes; frontal headache. You feel thirsty and symptoms worsen in warm rooms, indoors, and in the evening. Your symptoms are better in the open air.
Arsenicum Album (white arsenic) - for profuse, watery nasal discharge that burns the skin and is worse on the right-hand side and after midnight; the nose runs freely but feels stuffed; you experiences frequent and violent sneezing; wheezy cough; burning eyes; loss of taste. You feel chilly, restless, anxious, and tired. The symptoms are alleviated with warmth.
Euphrasia (eyebright) - for non-irritating watery nasal discharge and copious, burning tears; swollen eyes; daytime cough that improves at night. The symptoms are worse in open air, in the morning, with warmth, during windy weather, and when lying down.
Ferrum Phosphoricum (phosphate of iron) - useful in the early stages of inflammation, this remedy often slows or stops an allergic episode. For runny eyes with burning or feeling of sand in the eyes; watery nose; flushing of the face; short, hard, tickling cough; complaints on the right-hand side. The symptoms are worse at night, with cold, and during motion. The symptoms are lessened with warmth and by lying down.
Gelsemium (yellow jasmine) - for dry nose or swollen nasal membranes; runny nose with irritating watery discharge; frequent sneezing; flushed and heavy feeling in the face; tired, droopy feeling; aching in the back of the head and neck; chills along the spine. The symptoms are worse in the morning, with cold, and during motion, but better from sweating.
Natrum Muriaticum (common salt) - for clear nasal discharge resembling egg whites; sneezing; watery eyes; loss of taste and smell; dark circles under the eyes. The symptoms are worse at 10 a.m. and from consolation. Symptoms are lessened by sweating and lying down. You feel thirsty, sad, chilly, and irritable.
Nux Vomica (poison nut) - for dry, tickling nose that is stuffy at night and runny in warm rooms and in the daytime; frequent sneezing; ticklish sensation at the back of the throat; headache; right-sided complaints. The symptoms are worse indoors and better in the open air. You are sensitive to the cold, and tend to be impatient, irritable and easily offended.
Pulsatilla (windflower) - for nasal discharge during the day and congestion at night; itching of the roof of the mouth at night; not feeling thirsty. The symptoms are worse in a warm room, during hot weather, during the evening, and while lying down. Symptoms are better in cool rooms, in the open air, and from cold applications. You act gentle, yielding, emotional and seek attention and sympathy.
Sabadilla - copious, watery nasal discharge; sneezing; itching in the nose; red, runny eyes. The symptoms improve in the open air or outdoors. You experiences a constant urge to swallow and feels as if there is a lump in the throat.
Wyethia - For intense itching on the roof of the mouth and behind the nose; the head feels dry and irritated but the nose is watery and burning.
Homeopathy Dosing Recommendations for Allergies
Select the remedy that closely matches the symptoms and emotional state of the patient. Take one dose (as directed on the package) under the tongue and wait for a response. If symptoms return, another dose might be needed; however do not take the homeopathic remedy more than three times per day and no longer than for one week at a time. If there is no improvement within four hours following at least two doses, try another remedy for your allergic conditon.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is the science of treating disease with diluted medicines made from crushed herbs, minerals or animal substances. These medicines are used to cure ailments and disease by helping the body’s healing mechanisms boost health. Homeopathy treats the whole person, not just the symptoms, so a medicine is chosen based on the overall constitution of the patient. To treat conditions, a homeopathic practitioner will select a remedy that best matches the physical symptoms and emotional state of the patient.
What Causes Allergies?
An allergic reaction occurs when the body responds to a harmless substance as though it were a foreign invader, such as bacteria or a virus. The immune system releases histamine to attack the substance, or allergen, which produces allergy symptoms.
There are two types of upper-respiratory allergies: seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, and perennial allergies, which occur year-round. Hay fever is caused when the pollens of ragweed, grasses, and other plants are spread by the wind and inhaled. Perennial allergens include molds, dust and animal dander.
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