Types of Holistic Treatments for Allergies
When looking for a way of healing allergies holistically, remember that one size does not fit all. What may work for some people may not work for others, or cause an entirely new allergic reaction! You can also use these treatments—and others, as this is not an all encompassing list—in combination to gain the most relief possible.
One of the easiest ways to treat allergies holistically is to add certain herbal supplements to your daily regimen. Butterbur, quercetin, stinging nettle and bromelain are all useful nutrients in fighting allergy symptoms, and may also be found in some fruits and vegetables. These supplements can be started before or after allergy symptoms appear to minimize the intensity of your reaction.
Beginning acupuncture a few weeks before allergy season starts can help lessen the intensity of your allergy symptoms. Discuss your situation with the acupuncturist and ask for details on their success rates with relieving allergies. The acupuncture points around the spleen, stomach and large intestine are usually the focal areas for allergy relief, but your acupuncture practitioner may utilize different areas.
The use of yoga in healing allergies holistically depends upon the practice helping to temper your immune system's response to the allergen. Stress can exacerbate allergy symptoms by releasing additional histamine, triggering inflammation and generally making a reaction worse. Yoga helps to calm the body, allowing the nervous system to signal a “no danger" message to the immune system, thereby reducing allergy symptoms. Poses that enhance calmness instead of vigorous stretching are recommended for allergy relief, and inversions such as "shoulder stand and plow" pose can clear nasal passages.