Allergies - The Impact on the Modern Adult and Most Effective Treatments

 

We are at the beginning stages of the annual hay fever season, and far from seasonal allergies being an annoyance, they can have a long-term direct and detrimental impact on our bodies.

 

It has been noted by practitioners around the world the increase in the number of patients who are really suffering – whereas they hadn’t previously done so.  Allergies historically used to develop in early childhood, but now we are seeing seasonal allergies developing for the first time, well into adulthood.  A number of factors are responsible, including nutritional issues, unmanaged stress, and environmental pollution. Of all of these, environmental toxicity is probably the worst culprit. We're consistently being exposed to unprecedented numbers and types of environmental pollutants, and 40% of deaths worldwide are caused by pollutants in water, air and soil. In the UK, 40,000 people die every year as a direct result of pollution - and the UK is a relatively ‘clean’ country with fairly strict controls over emissions and other environmental contamination.  

 

When we try to root out the underlying causes of this current allergy explosion, we also have to consider the effects of the enormous numbers of toxins that are used in conventional food production.  Unless we opt for organic produce, the foods that we eat are contaminated with fungicides, pesticides, insecticides and all these come under the class of chemicals known as biocides, and these are designed to kill.  After all, the word ‘biocide’ can be broken down into its roots; ‘bio’ - life and ‘cide’ - killing. 

 

Last but not least, we’ve also got to add the toxic burden to us of the chemicals we use on a regular basis, to clean our homes, and ourselves and we also have to factor in the chemicals in our cosmetics.

 

All these toxins, whether we breathe, ingest, bathe in them, or put them on our skin, provoke an 'up-regulation' of our immune response, putting our immune systems into a constant state of red-alert, and this causes us to be excessively reactive or sensitive to allergens so that we over-respond to other elements such as pollens, dust and more. 

 

 

Holistic ways to combat seasonal allergies

Conventional or pharmaceutical medicine really has no treatments for allergies other than the 'sticking plaster' approach of using antihistamines which, at best, provide temporary relief. Complementary medicine offers solutions that are extremely helpful as it works preventatively - by addressing the underlying reason why a person is developing such an over-reactivity to allergens. Several branches of complementary medicine are outstandingly effective in this arena; homoeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, and even several disciplines that are designed to treat allergies specifically. Each of these approaches aims to understand why the body is producing a set of symptoms and then provides whatever is necessary for the body to heal itself. 

 

In acupuncture, the practitioner will ascertain which energetic pathways known as 'meridians' in the body are blocked and they will insert needles, or apply pressure to that specific area to unblock the energetic flow, thus enabling the body to work correctly and to heal itself. Acupuncture is rapid, gentle and effective.

 

In homeopathy, the homeopath can work in two ways, first of all, they can prescribe homeopathic medicines which immediately address the distressing symptoms of allergies, fast and effectively. This is called 'acute prescribing' and the medicine given will usually be a highly diluted mixture of the allergens that the person is reacting to and at this time of year, pollens and grasses are the usual culprits. In the second way of working, the homeopath makes a highly detailed, in-depth analysis of the patient's symptoms, lifestyle, medical history and more, so that the person's 'constitutional' remedy can be prescribed. This is also a highly dilute medicine but it differs from an ‘acute prescription’ as it is totally individualised and addresses all the person’s symptoms, holistically. The homeopath helps the person to become more balanced and healthy overall and better equipped to deal with stressors - including allergens. This is the essence of preventative medicine - the creation of a state of physical, mental, and emotional resilience - so that the person remains healthy regardless of external factors which might undermine a person in a weakened state.

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