Homeopathic Alternatives to Allergy Management
The continuing search for the world’s best cure for allergies has spurred the experimentation of a variety of treatment methods that have moved from purely pharmaceutical management to the inclusion of naturopathic and nutraceutical remedies, not to mention the return to the most traditional form of treatments.
Many allergy sufferers think that they are simply not getting the much-desired effects from their allergy medications or that they feel that many of these medications have more harmful side effects than the therapeutic benefits they bring. This provides the impetus for their search of more viable alternatives. One such alternative is homeopathy.
Homeopathic Allergy Remedies
The medical community does not recognize homeopathy as a credible form of treatment in that it is believed homeopathy is based on false interpretations and axioms related to the interaction between the body, illness, medications, and solutions. Even world-renowned health governing bodies branded homeopathy as nothing less than a placebo treatment system designed to coax the user that he is getting well when, in fact, he is not.
Nonetheless, many people turn to homeopathy for a variety of reasons. Of prime consideration is the perceived ineffectiveness of pharmaceutical allergy medications in providing allergy relief. Whether or not these are well-founded, the increasing amounts of anecdotal evidence seem to suggest that homeopathy may well be effective in relieving some of the symptoms associated with allergies.
More commonly known as the onion that you use as an ingredient in many of your dishes, allium cepa has been known to produce tearing in the eyes as well as a runny nose. These effects are deemed beneficial in the removal of the fluids that are causing the nasal and eye stuffiness that may occur in certain forms of allergies. The common onion is thus deemed effective for individuals who suffer from hay fever as well as the common cold or any allergic condition that is characterized by increased production of watery secretions from the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat.
The herb eyebright has been homeopathically used to induce the removal of watery secretions from the eyes and the nose. It has similar effects to the ordinary onion, except that the tearing in the eyes are often described as burning while nasal secretions will be more like the blandness of water.
The ragweed ambrosia has been deemed effective in evoking a euphrasia-like response. However, it is often recommended on people who suffer from ragweed-induced allergic reactions or hay fever. Furthermore, ambrosia is also homeopathically prescribed to persons with throat irritations as well as wheezing or labored breathing.
Arsenic has been used to induce the removal of watery secretions pretty much like the action of onion, eyebright, and ambrosia. However, arsenic is more specifically recommended for people who sneeze a lot as well as restlessness. Increasing the force and frequency of sneezing is believed to be particularly helpful in the elimination of allergens from the nasal passages of the allergy sufferer.
Other homeopathic remedies include wyethia, pulsatilla, nux vomica, and vanilla seeds. While these are not fully recognized by the medical community as treatments itself, many patients who have tried a variety of these homeopathic remedies have attested to their effectiveness, at least in the faster resolution of the allergy symptoms.