Spring allergies

For many people spring is a season for allergies. Allergies are due to an over-reactivity of the immune system to certain allergens. During spring, a lot of allergies are generally induced by the tree, grass or weed pollen released in the environment, causing such symptoms as: sneezing; nasal congestion; runny nose; watery, itchy, or red eyes; headaches; fatigue; and sometimes coughing and wheezing. Occasionally the inflammation caused by allergens in the mucous membranes of the nose can swell the passages and obstruct drainage from the sinuses leading to sinus infections.
While spring and summer are the seasons of the year that bring us outdoors, many people are unable to enjoy these warmer months due to uncomfortable symptoms. Using decongestants, antihistamines, and even prescription medications will only treat the symptoms of allergies and can have side effects like dryness of the sinuses, drowsiness, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

Chinese medicine can help bring relief of symptoms, correct imbalances of the immune system, prevent the occurrence of infection, and allow healing of the tissues.
Sinus irrigation. A Neti Pot gently washes the dust and debris from the sinuses; it is very helpful to minimize allergic reactions.

Raw local honey. Some people find relief from seasonal allergies by eating a couple of teaspoons of local raw honey or some bee pollen every day.

Stinging nettle. A Western herb that helps reduce sneezing and itching in people with hay fever. Researchers at the University of Maryland think that may be due to nettle’s ability to reduce the amount of histamine the body produces in response to an allergen. Some doctors recommend taking a freeze dried preparation of stinging nettle well before hay fever season starts.

Diet. Foods that contain Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, magnesium and quercitin boost immunity, reduce inflammation, relax the muscles around the bronchial tubes, are antioxidant, have antihistamine properties and help reduce the severity of allergies. Green and red peppers, strawberries, kiwi, oranges, potatoes, cabbage, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, carrots, winter squash, collard greens, almonds, avocados, oysters, seeds, buckwheat, apples, cranberries, grapefruit, grapes, and pears are rich in these substances.

NAET

NAET is a natural solution for people suffering from allergies and allergy-related conditions. It is completely natural, painless, and non-invasive system that combines various healing modalities like acupuncture, kinesiology, chiropractic and nutrition. It progressively desensitizes the body to different allergens, while strengthening the immune system and restoring optimal function and wellbeing.
NAET is effective for food as well as environmental allergies.

References

Acupuncture Today, June 2012, My shotgun for the sinus, Douglas Briggs, DC
University of Maryland Medical Center, http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/stinging-nettle
Paul Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods