Natural Allergy Relief
Many people suffer from allergies in the world today, and looking for a solution is not always easy. The severity and types of allergic reactions vary and so a universal solution isn't so clear. The common goal is to get relief without adverse side effects, and in this article we'll discuss how natural allergy relief can be the best solution for this common goal. About Allergies To best fight allergies, we need a basic understanding of what they are and what they do. Allergies can come in many different forms, but generally people have allergies from ingesting foods, from touching substances, and/or inhaling allergens. Common examples of substances that cause allergies are: pollen, pet dander, mold, dust, and certain foods. The allergen, when inside a person, triggers an overly aggressive immune system response. This reaction causes the common symptoms people suffer from like: headaches, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and respiratory problems.
The systems of the body generally effected are the liver, adrenal, and immune systems. Many allergies are seasonal like pollen, while others are year-round like pet dander. Basically, the body misidentifies a usually harmless substance, then creates an inflammatory reaction in order to repel this substance. When people are suffering from these systems, they generally look toward medicines to counter-act the symptoms. This leads them to either over-the-counter, prescription, or natural allergy medicines.
OTC or Prescription Allergy Relief and Their Side Effects
Before we discuss natural allergy relief, we should gain a basic understanding of over-the-counter and prescription allergy relief. Many people reach for the over-the-counter medicine thinking it's safe, yet there are serious side-effects and variables to consider. Prescription medication is generally sought after a long struggle with an allergen, but also has side-effects that natural medicines don't. These medications are found in nasal sprays, pills, liquids, eye-drops, skin creams, and even shots. Contained in these are a mixture of: Antihistamines, Decongestants, Corticosteroids, and Mast cell stabilizers. The side-effects of using over-the-counter and prescription allergy medicines can include drowsiness, nose bleeds, high blood pressure, irritability, insomnia, fatigue, and even bitter/bad taste in mouth.
These medicines when combined with alcohol can have even worse effects, and when used too often can cause severe complications as well. To recap, just because an allergy medicine is over-the-counter doesn't mean it is safe always, especially if it's used too often/much and/or mixed with alcohol or other drugs which may contain the same active ingredients. Knowing the side-effects of OTC and prescription allergy medicines can give a person the incentive to investigate natural allergy relief, which is safer and many say more effective overall.
Types of Natural Allergy Relief
Natural remedies can include some very basic types of preventive actions, like a person's diet and/or boosting their immune and digestive systems in order to prevent allergies or reduce the symptoms. Using herbs, such as ancient Chinese herbal medicines, has long been a very effective way to gain allergy relief. Taking vitamins, homeopathy, and hydrotherapy are also ways to effectively combat allergies naturally. A person's diet can help when they eat a low-fat, high complex carbohydrate diet, and drink plenty of water (half a person's body weight in ounces) each day.
Certain foods like yogurt and milk cause the build-up of more mucus, which causes an allergic reaction to be more severe. Easier to digest foods like soups, salads, and boiled grains allow for less mucus to build up which lessens the symptoms. Diets can also give certain nutrients a person's body may need to combat an allergen or prevent it from causing a reaction in the first place. Paying attention to your diet and investigating which foods would be effective in relieving your particular allergy problems, is a safe way to get natural allergy relief and will lead to better health in general. Herbal medicines are often times a more cost saving, safer, and more effective way to gain natural allergy relief. Herbal medications have been perfected through thousands of years by the Chinese in particular, and rarely have adverse side-effects when used with suggested doses.
Generally if there is a side-effect, like a headache or stomach ache, it's because of the generic quality of the ingredients and so the purist ingredients are what should be sought. Different herbs are going to repel different allergies, but let's look at some examples. Angelica dahurica and magnolia flower buds are herbs used to drain dampness and clear nasal passages. Herbs used to strengthen lung and spleen functions are Codonopsis, Atractylodes, and licorice. Also to clear mucus, herbs such as Chrysanthemum flowers, Cassia seeds, and jujube dates can be used. Effective herbal remedies for allergies such as hay fever, include Yarrow, Milk Thistle, Eyebright, Gingko, and Red Clover. The Gingko for instance contains bioflavoniods which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, while Yarrow reduces congestion and secretions. These herbs can be ingested in a tea, a tincture, or a pill that combines a mixture designed for the most effectiveness.
Benefits of Natural Allergy Relief
Some of the benefits we already discussed in the last section, but let's recap and get a clear view of why we should consider going natural to combat allergens. The main reason to seek natural remedies is to avoid the risk of side-effects, which could add to the already debilitating symptoms a person is suffering from. The many various forms allergens come in, will dictate a person's general approach ultimately. Yet, in most cases a natural remedy is safer, saves money, and is more effective in general. Eating a diet specific to helping you fight the allergens you suffer from, is going to help prevent and reduce the symptoms along with creating better overall health for you. Taking vitamins and natural supplements is also going to boost your immune system, and naturally create a stronger defense against allergens and the symptoms they create.
Using herbal remedies for prevention and relief of symptoms is a proven effective strategy used and perfected for thousands of years, especially when it comes to ancient Chinese herbal remedies. All of these natural remedies for allergies are proven to be effective and ultimately are more beneficial than using OTC and prescription drug remedies. Taking the time to study and research some of these methods more in depth and finding the most effective strategy for your individual case, is a worthwhile effort. Many people may think having allergies is just something they have to live with the rest of their lives, but that isn't always the case. Many times, these natural remedies effectively prevent and lessen allergic reactions without adverse side-effects, to the great pleasure of the person who suffers from allergies. With this in mind, consider using herbs and these other strategies for effective and safe natural allergy relief.