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Respiratory Allergies

Allergies are the most researched and most proven ailment that homeopathic medicines have been found to treat effectively. Homeopathy should be the first choice of treatment. Primary care homeopathy can be an effective treatment, though professional homeopathic care should be considered to treat the underlying susceptible state to allergens.

A small and forgotten footnote in medical history involves a homeopathic physician from Scotland, C.H. Blackley, who in 1871 first identified pollen as the cause of hay fever.

Another forgotten fact of history is that one of three founders of the American Academy of Allergy was a San Francisco homeopathic physician, Dr. Grant L. Selfridge. He was also the first to conduct a botanical and pollen survey in the West.

Although homeopaths have often been at the forefront of medical research and discovery, it is particularly appropriate and even predictable that they would lead the way in the field of allergy because the primary principle of modern allergy treatment derives from the homeopathic principle of ‘treating like with like.’

Conventional Treatment of Allergies

Conventional medical treatment for allergies usually consists of antihistamines, steroids, and desensitization shots. In obstinate cases, laser surgery may be utilized to vaporize mucus-forming nasal tissue. People with allergies know that these treatments don’t cure. At best, they provide temporary relief of symptoms, and at worst (and too frequently), they create side effects that can be worse than the allergy symptoms themselves.

Many of the common drugs for allergies are known for causing drowsiness as a side effect. The creativity of conventional drug manufacturers, however, is evidenced by their marketing this same drug ingredient as a treatment for insomnia. Ironically, what is called a ‘side effect’ of a drug in one instance is considered its ‘primary effect’ in another.

Perhaps the greatest misunderstanding about allergies is the assumption that the allergen (the cat dander, the pollen, the house-dust mite, or whatever) is the problem. Actually, the allergen is simply the trigger, while the allergic person’s body is the loaded gun. Rather than just treating symptoms or avoiding the allergen, the best course is to take action to strengthen the body’s own immune and defense system. Natural therapies like Homoeopathy help to empty and clean out the loaded gun or simply make it shoot blanks.

Homeopathy and Allergies

While it is partially true that conventional medical treatment of allergy uses small doses of a substance to which the person is actually allergic and even though this principle is the basis of homeopathy, homeopaths use considerably smaller doses than conventional allergy shots. Also, homeopaths generally find that using the same substance to which the person is allergic may relieve a person’s symptoms, but it will not truly or deeply cure the person’s allergic reactions.

Homeopaths instead prescribe a ‘constitutional medicine,’ a remedy that is individually chosen based on the constellation of physical and psychological symptoms that the person is experiencing, not just the allergy symptoms. Finding a person’s constitutional medicine requires the highly individualized care of professional homoeopath.

People can use homeopathic medicines to treat the acute phase of their allergy without having to become a homoeopath. People can either learn which individual homeopathic medicine is indicated for their unique symptoms, or they can take one of the many ‘homeopathic formula’ products for allergy which are commonly available at pharmacies.

Although self-treatment with homeopathic formulas and individual medicines will not usually ‘cure’ a person’s allergy, they will often provide effective temporary relief and will do so without side effects.

Treatment Options

There are specific treatment options that people can consider:

1) Use conventional allergy testing to determine to what the patient is allergic and then take the 30C dose of this substance.

2) People with allergies could consider taking an individualized single homeopathic medicine as recommended by your homeopathic physician.

3) People with severe and recurrent allergy symptoms should consider consulting with a professional homoeopath for ‘constitutional care’ in order to improve the person’s overall level of health which sometimes provides a real cure of an allergic condition.

Remedies for Respiratory Allergies:

Allium cepa:

Because onions are known to cause tears from the eyes and running of the nose, they are wonderfully effective in treating such symptoms when given in homeopathic doses. Specifically, people who will benefit from Allium cepa experience an acute, profuse, fluent, burning nasal discharge that is worse in a warm room and better in the open air. They have a profuse, bland (non-burning) tearing with reddened eyes, and will desire to rub their eyes frequently. They experience a raw feeling in the nose with a tingling sensation and violent sneezing. Usually, the various nasal symptoms are worst on the left or begin on the left and move to the right side. A frontal congestive headache may be concurrent with their allergy symptoms. These symptoms tend to exacerbate after damp winds.

Euphrasia:

It has the opposite symptoms as those who need Allium cepa. They have profuse burning tears from the eyes and a bland nasal discharge. Their eyes water so much the person looks awash in tears. The whites of the eye and the cheeks become reddened from the burning tears, and blinking provides relief but this is just temporary. The eye symptoms are worse in the open air. The profuse bland nasal discharge is worse at night, while lying down, and in windy weather.

Arsenicum album:

Burning tears and nasal discharge with obstruction that are often worse on the right side characterize the symptoms related to Arsenicum. These people’s symptoms are worse at and after midnight. They toss and turn in bed and become very anxious, frightened, and restless during breathing difficulties. They are very chilly and are aggravated by breathing in cold air, and they feel better in a warm room or from warmth in general. They usually have a great thirst but only take sips at a time, and they usually prefer warm drinks. These people are sensitive to light, have violent sneezing, and may develop asthmatic breathing. This remedy can be useful for both acute and chronic allergy symptoms. People who need this remedy have or tend to develop a fastidious character (they may feel compelled to clean or bring order to their home or office even during an illness). They also tend to prefer company to being alone.

Nux vomica:

When an allergy sufferer is particularly irritable and chilly and has a fluent nasal discharge during the day and congestion at night, Nux vomica is often their remedy. Their symptoms tend to be worse indoors and better in the open air. They are sensitive to the cold, being uncovered, and are irritated by noise, odors, and light. They feel better in a warm room and drinking warm fluids. Frequent sneezing may be experienced, especially upon rising in the morning. Their symptoms sometimes begin after being irritated, vexed, or fatigued. This remedy can be useful for both acute and chronic allergy symptoms.

Pulsatilla:

This is an extremely common remedy for both women and children. These people have a nasal discharge during the day and congestion at night (just like people who need Nux vomica). However, people who need Pulsatilla are quite different from people who need Nux vomica: they are usually gentle, mild, yielding, impressionable, emotional, and moody people who seek attention and sympathy, rather than the argument and conflict in which Nux vomica people indulge. People who need Pulsatilla have congestion which is worse in a warm room, hot weather, or while lying down, and is relieved in cool rooms, open air, or with cool applications. Their symptoms can be aggravated by milk products, rich foods, and fats. They tend to have itching at the roof of their mouth at night. They tend to be without thirst. This remedy can be useful for both acute and chronic allergy symptoms.

Natrum muriaticum:

This remedy is indicated when the person’s nasal discharge is profuse and like egg whites for the first several days, then leading to nasal obstruction. Typically, the person may also experience a herpetic eruption on the lips or a hammering frontal headache or behind the eyes. The symptoms are worse from exposure to heat and the sun and from 9 to 11am. The person craves salt and tends to be very thirsty. This remedy tends to be indicated in people who suppress their emotions, especially grief.

Sabadilla:

This medicine is effective in treating allergies, especially hay fever, with frequent, spasmodic sneezing that exhausts the person. Sneezing usually results from a tickling inside the nose, and sneezing causes tearing from the eyes. These people are worse in the open air and feel relief in a warm room. The person usually also has a profuse, watery nasal discharge and red and burning eyelid margins. Despite having a dry mouth, these people tend to have little thirst.

House dust mite:

This is the remedy to consider for people with allergies to house dust mite, which is the most common allergen in the world today.

Arum triphyllum:

This remedy is useful for people with allergies who experience such irritation inside the nose that they feel forced to bore their fingers into their nose or they seek to rub, itch, or pick at their lips and face. The throat, mouth, tongue, and palate may experience burning pain, making it difficult to eat or drink, despite having a thirst. These people may experience concurrent hoarseness and peeling and chapping of the lips.

Kali bichromicum:

Consider this remedy when the person experiences thick, stringy, green or yellowish mucus from the nose or throat. The person may also have a post-nasal drip and pain at the root of the nose that may be relieved from hard pressure.

Wyethia:

This remedy is indicated when the person experiences tremendous itching of the upper palate of the mouth, causing the person to make ‘clucking’ noises in effort to provide some relief. The person also has itching of the nose and throat, along with a constant desire to swallow saliva to relieve the dryness experienced.

Histaminum (histamine):

Consider this remedy either when no other remedy seems accurate or if other remedies have been tried and haven’t worked.

*The article is written by Dr. N. Haraba, M.D. (Hom)

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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