When you breath in airborne agents like pollen, grass, mold, cedar, or ragweed, your immune system mistakes them as a danger and releases antibodies that attack the allergens. Your immune system also releases a chemical called histamine into the nose, eyes, and lungs to attack and remove the allergens from your body. This causes inflammation, congestion, and itchy, watery eyes.
The good news is there are many natural remedies that will help you control your allergy symptoms without depending on antihistamine medication. Here are 7 of our favorite natural remedies to combat seasonal allergies.
1. Nasal Irrigation
Allergens like pollen can adhere to the mucous membrane. Using nasal irrigation systems like the neti pot can flush out these allergens and provide immediate relief. Make sure to follow instructions closely or talk to a professional to ensure you are cleansing your nose and sinuses correctly.
Research has shown there is a direct link between the nervous and immune systems. Chiropractic care releases stress on the nervous system which allows the immune system to function more effectively and efficiently. This allows your body to better fight off the allergens and prevent unwanted allergy symptoms.
You can treat seasonal allergies with homeopathy, a natural system of medicine that supports the body’s intrinsic healing capacity. It is an inexpensive and effective treatment when prescribed according to individual needs by a professional. You will be prescribed different homeopathic treatments depending on your symptoms.
Two of our favorite homeopathic supplements are Allergena Zone 6 and Allergy Away. Both of these supplements build your immunity by exposing your body in micro doses to whatever it is that you are allergic to. Your body becomes conditioned to tolerate the allergens that previously brought on allergic reactions, ultimately reducing allergic symptoms.
Acupuncture maintains a healthy flow of vital energy—known as qi—through the meridians of the body. These meridians are like channels through which the qi flows. With allergies, the flow of qi is blocked by an obstruction in the meridians or flows in the wrong direction. For more information on acupuncture for seasonal allergy relief, click here.
Many studies link the presence of beneficial bacteria in the gut to reduced incidence of allergies. Probiotics can help stimulate production of immune enhancing substances, hinder growth of pathogens and boost the immune system.
6. Essential Oils
Essential oils like peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil and frankincense oil are one of the most popular natural remedies for seasonal allergies. Peppermint oil and frankincense oil are anti-inflammatory, and eucalyptus oil is antimicrobial and helps fight upper respiratory infections. Make sure to consult a professional on how to use these oils.
7. Clean Your Home
It isn’t uncommon for allergens to find their way into your home, preventing you from catching a break. It’s important to dust and deep clean your home in the Spring to get rid of all the pesky allergens and ensure your home is not the cause of your allergy symptoms. Don’t forget to replace your air filters!
If you are interested in chiropractic care, acupuncture, or homeopathy for seasonal allergy relief, contact us or request an appointment today! Also, we have several specials catered to allergy relief during the month of April. Click here for more information.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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