Allergies and Hay fever Holistically
children are experiencing increased sensitivity to
nearly every imaginable substance from food to animals, dust,
water, sunlight, environmental pollutants, chemicals, and more. As spring
and warmer weather approach, with new growth of plants and
grasses, many people suffer with allergies and hay fever. This
is especially true from spring through fall, but can occur
anytime of year, especially in warm climates.
exposed to more than 60,000 different chemicals that accumulate
in the body’s tissues and organs, weakening immunity and organ
health. Pollen, molds, foods, chemicals, etc. are external
sources of the problem. The root of allergies is organ
disharmonies. Allergies represent poor immunity and a major
malfunction in the antigen-deactivating capacity of the liver.
The primary organ affected is the Lung. When the Qi (energy) of
the lung is deficient its function is impaired and immunity is
weakened. When external pathogens attack the already weakened
Lungs and immune system, the result is often allergies,
sinusitis, and asthma.
Symptoms from allergic reactions range from frequent colds, hay
fever, sore throats, itchy eyes, mucus problems, irritability,
malaise, fatigue, depression, skin diseases, insomnia, headache,
and digestive disturbances.
Candida overgrowth is also
implicated in extensive allergies.
Allergic reactions to foods are your body’s way of telling you
that certain foods are not appropriate. Reactions to
highly refined, denatured and chemical foods and otherwise
imbalanced foods are helpful since you know those foods are compromising
your health. You now have no choice but to avoid them.
reactions can also occur from wholesome foods such as soy, some
grains, and other unprocessed foods. Reactions to certain
foods are often not real allergies, but reactions to poor food
combinations or many types of digestive problems. Please
seek professional guidance on proper foods and combining for
your specific health condition. Many
people with allergies have complex problems that are best
addressed with the help of a qualified practitioner.
A congested liver is often a significant pathogenic influence in
allergy conditions. Stagnant liver energy and
liver heat suppress the digestive and assimilative functions
which, in turn, inhibit the circulating functions of
the Lung. Digestive weakness leads to dampness and phlegm in
the stomach, throat and chest. Treatment should include foods
and herbs that tonify digestion and decongest the lung and
liver. Join my Spring Health TeleSeminar to learn how your
liver influences many aspects of your body, mind and emotions.
Chronic asthma is a common pattern along with allergies
and sinusitis. In this case there is deficiency of lung and
kidney that must be addressed to reverse the symptoms and
strengthen the health of these organs. These are issues too
complex to be fully addressed in this article.
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Psychologically, the symptoms of allergies may be related to
feelings of isolation, separation, and an inability
to accept the world as it is. Releasing emotional attachments
is vital to lung health. Long held grief and sorrow congest the lungs. When they are
identified, expressed and transformed, repression is cleared.
Appropriate diet can assist in clearing grief along with
Attitudinal Healing counseling
or psychotherapy. It’s helpful to
work toward fewer feelings of separation.
Meditation practices can help one gain a sense of unity and
that Heal Not Harm
sufferers are finding that prescription and non-prescription
drugs not only cause uncomfortable side effects, but also lose
their effectiveness in time. They do not heal the cause of the
problem. The following remedies are
safe and effective.
antihistamines suppress the production of histamines and can
reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies. Vitamin C and
bioflavonoids are immune-enhancing antioxidants that provide
natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatory effects. Bioflavonoids stabilize cell membranes so histamines aren’t
easily released. They are found in berries of all kinds, some
herbs, spices and citrus fruits.
is an herb well known to modern research and
Xanthium Relieve Surface is an excellent formula. It opens
nasal passages, expels dampness (mucus) and other symptoms.
This formula combines Xanthium with
other herbs to increase its effectiveness without the side
effects that are found in Western medications. For best
results take with
one of the best products for strengthening immunity.
rhinitis and allergic rhinitis; enhances the body's protective
power, or Wei Qi; strengthens resistance; dispels dampness.
Also treats burns and helps prevent colds and flu.
algae, chlorella, spirulina, or cereal grasses. These help
clear and heal allergies because of their immune-enhancing,
anti-inflammatory properties, and their abundance of omega-3 and GLA fatty acids.
To learn how to determine
which of these high chlorophyll products are best for you call
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Seed Extract is high in antioxidants. Quercetin is a potent
flavonoid and is found in apples, berries, grapefruit, onions
and cabbage family vegetables. Quercetin is also available as a
supplement. A quality formula is called
Q10 is an antioxidant with immune-boosting properties
that enhances the effects of anti-allergy supplements.
Quercenol is more effective than coenzyme Q10.
EPAQ Omega 3 Krill fish Oil
is another save, effective product. It is useful for its
anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in Omega 3s. It
does not cause burping, reflux or indigestion as regular fish
research shows that milk thistle may inhibit the release of
histamines. This potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb,
known as an herb for liver health, contains flavonoids that
protect cells by neutralizing the effects of free radicals.
Probiotics such as Culturelle and PB8 Acidophilus are friendly bacteria that
help normalize immune function and minimize allergic responses.
Many probiotics do not survive stomach acid and these do.
Be sure to buy the wheat and dairy-free versions.
Culturelle Digestive Health Probiotic
nettle contains anti-inflammatory substances and flavonoids,
vitamins and minerals and studies report significant reduction
in hay fever symptoms with nettle leaf.
Acupuncture and shiatsu stimulate points that support immune
function and organ health. Significant improvement has been
Click here for shiatsu information.
sinuses with a saline solution or use a neti pot with warm sea
salt water. This removes pollen from the nasal mucosa where it
generates an allergic response.
XLEAR Nasal Spray,
Foods That Harm
There are significant studies to support that
cow's milk products cause allergies, asthma, and sinusitis.
Cysts, tumors, skin diseases, arthritis and inflammatory bowel
disease are also linked to Nature's Perfect Food. I've had
countless clients improve every aspect of their health by
eliminating cow's milk products.
Removing cow's products from the diet has been shown to shrink
enlarged tonsils and adenoids, and many physicians report a
reduction in asthma flare-ups, colds, flus, allergies, and
sinus, throat and ear infections with diets free if all cow's
All cow's milk products are
tremendous mucus producers and a burden to the respiratory,
digestive, and immune systems. Hormones in dairy have been
linked to cysts, tumors, PMS, and menopause systems as well.
addition, today's cows are fed hormones, steroids, and
antibiotics which you ingest when you eat the animals and their
by-products. Even moderate amounts of antibiotics in animal food
result in antibiotic resistance in human beings. According to an
August 1992 report in Science, "Doctors around the world are
losing the battle against an onslaught of new drug-resistant
foods that inflame symptoms. Red meat and dairy products
influence allergies by setting the stage for inflammation.
Refined foods, white flour and sugar weaken immunity and worsen
inflammation. Avoid spicy and greasy food, alcohol and sugar to
reduce symptoms and improve health.
use of sweeteners, including artificial sweeteners, makes people
high in omega-3 fatty acids which is abundant in some fish,
flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts and whole grains, can benefit
those who suffer with allergies, hayfever, and asthma. Pungent foods help
clear mucus. They include onions, garlic, turnip, ginger,
cabbage, horseradish, radish, daikon, and seaweed. Use basil,
fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill and bay leaf.
Colorful Cabbage Slaw. It's tasty and healing!
Homemade pickles contain enzymes and beneficial bacteria
and are inexpensive and easy to make. Eat a small portion
daily with a meal.
beta-carotene content of golden-orange and chlorophyll-rich
dark green vegetables
help protect lungs and immunity. Include carrot, winter
squash, broccoli, and parsley regularly.
Chlorophyll-rich foods include vegetables such as kale, boy choy,
collard greens, watercress, mustard greens and dandelion greens.
High fiber foods cleanse the colon and lungs and
whole grains are the best source, including brown rice, barley,
quinoa and millet.
for some recipes.
tea contains flavonoids called catechins and prevents cell
receptors from triggering an allergic response. Drink several
cups a day.
Peppermint tea helps to break up congestion thereby relieving
nasal symptoms. Garlic is rich in flavonoids and can reduce
mucus and congestion. Thyme can loosen phlegm and calm a cough.
Safe, effective remedies
changes are made in your diet and lifestyle that rebuild the
strength of the organs, and support the health of the “whole”
person, natural remedies will become another symptomatic
treatment used to manage a crisis. All problems are urging
you to make important new choices that will give you even
greater health than you have imagined.
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Current scientific findings often contradict previous findings
by the same experts. A perfect diet that will bring everyone
good health does not exist and accepting this fact is a good
starting point for achieving balanced health.
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health plan for
reversing allergies and removing the degenerations that cause
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