Naturopathic medicine encompasses total treatment of the patient—mind, body and spirit. Naturopathy includes a variety of therapies such as nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture according to University of Maryland Medical Center. There are many naturopathic remedies to reduce the symptoms of allergies. Many people suffer from allergies which are brought on by local plants, animals, food, fabrics and changes of weather.
Eat lots of leafy green vegetables and include yellow and orange vegetables, which contain many antioxidants. Include other nutritious vegetables in your diet such as cabbage, beet tops, carrots, yams and onions. Use spices and seasonings liberally such as garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper and horseradish for relieving allergy symptoms. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of pure water every day, and eat a moderately low fat and high fiber diet.
Supplements and Vitamins
Include adequate amounts of vitamins and supplements in your diet, which in turn support your immune system. Vitamin A, C, E and zinc are high on the list for support against many allergies. Flaxseed oil, borage and evening primrose are anti-inflammatory, and ensure your getting adequate doses of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Many herbs are used to alleviate allergy symptoms. Ginkgo biloba has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Red clover is helpful in creating resistance to allergies. Other allergy supportive herbs are stinging nettles, yarrow and dong quai. Eyebright helps reduce congestion, and also helps relieve itchy eyes and sneezing.
There are many homeopathic remedies that can lessen allergic symptoms. They come in a range of potency depending on the severity of your allergy symptoms. Allium cepa is used for your running nose and eyes. Euphrasia is for nonirritating discharge from your nose, coughing and sneezing. Natrum muriaticum is often used for headaches, cold sores and feeling good outdoors. Wyethia is used for itching in the nasal cavity and throat, and for swelling in the throat.
Acupuncture is another method for dealing with allergies. Nasal rinses made with water and salt can alleviate hay fever symptoms. Castor oil packs, hot foot baths are other methods can reduce uncomfortable allergy symptoms. Try local honey, which contains pollen from your area, starting two to three weeks before major allergy seasons; it can desensitize you from the pollen that you may be allergic to.