I was interested and excited to see the article “Relieve Allergies the Natural Way” on WebMD.com. The article is talking about alternative methods of dealing with seasonal allergies, something to be concerned about since the “season” will shortly be upon us.
Some of the treatments, other than the standard allergy medications, mentioned are:
- Saline (salt) water
- Quercetin (one of my favorites)
- Hot, spicey foods (including cayenne pepper, hot ginger, and Fenugreek)
But I found this part very interesting:
Interestingly, what you don’t eat may be even more important than what you do eat. The reason, according to Hardy, is that food intolerance may be far more intimately entwined with seasonal allergies than we realize.
“You have to really look at your diet and cut out any foods that seem to provoke even a mild sensitivity, such as occasional hives or even stomach upset, ” says Hardy. In doing so, she says, you can literally lighten the burden on your immune system, which in turn may help reduce the impact of seasonal allergic reactions.
According to New York University allergist Clifford Bassett, MD, if you suffer from ragweed or other weed pollen allergies, “you should avoid eating melon, banana, cucumber, sunflower seeds, chamomile, and any herbal supplements containing echinacea [ed: interestingly, some recommend echinacea for seasonal allergies], all of which can make symptoms much worse,” he says.
The article mentioned other treatments, such as acupuncture. But there were also a few NOT mentioned: Chiropractic adjustments have a wonderful impact on rhinitis and sinusitis, not just in seasonal allergy. And NAET — Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, which is based on both Chiropractic and Acupuncture principles, works extremely well at not only eliminating the sensitivities but preventing their return.
There are a few other treatments for rhinitis and sinusitis as well, but we’ll reserve that for another time.