The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that allergic disorders affect at least 50 million people in the U.S. Type 1 allergies and symptoms include asthma, eczema, hay fever, headaches, bloating, fatigue, chills, sensitivity to light, and loss of appetite. Type 2 allergies can begin in infancy or childhood due to inherited tendencies and exposure to pollen, dust, and environmental toxins, including all the chemicals we breathe and eat. It all starts when your immune system doesn’t handle whatever comes your way!
Nature’s Way has the popular immune system Sambucol, which is a combination of liquid elderberry, echinacea, zinc, vitamin C, and propolis (comes from the bee, a natural antibiotic). The elderberry was used by the Gypsies in Europe to make their wine. Many of the severe allergy symptoms are triggered by inhaling certain functions of the T and B immune cells, important to all cell-mediated immunity. Astra 8 Defense Builder by Health Concerns is a Chinese herbology formula, which has been designed as a response to what is happening inside. Contains (Astragalus for throat and cough), Ganoderma (Reishi) Ginseng, Codonopsis (for breathing), Schizandra (for liver) and Licorice (anti-inflammatory soothing Lungs, Spleen and Kidney). Our intelligent immune system is designed to differentiate between healthy compounds and harmful substances.
However, when he encounters the bad guys, it turns into an allergic reaction. Chinese medicine calls it a pattern of imbalance and stagnation. Mullein Lung Complex Planetary Formulas, (formerly known as Breeze Free), are an ancient botanical support for the lungs, congested breathing, and other similar conditions. It is a combination of Chinese herbs (not stimulant). As uncomfortable and unpleasant as these symptoms are, bloating and mood swings, of which any food can be allergenic, wheat, milk, eggs, corn, soy, yeast, and food additives are some of the guilty. Type 2 is usually triggered by food and environmental factors, including hyperactivity and memory loss. Natures Herbs has an ancient remedy CL-7 formula with respiratory support herbs including mullein (glands), slippery elm bark (stomach), helenium (cough), and hyssop.
Type 1 allergies are most often caused by histamines, better known for chemicals that trigger an enzyme to act on mast cells. Histamines are released by specialized cells, mast cells that make small blood cells more adaptable to fluid (no wonder we get bloated!). The results are swelling, hives, nasal congestion, and tears in the eyes. Simufix Caps and Sinumist from Natural Care are 2 helpers that will soothe irritated and dry nasal passages promoting a healthy immune response to allergy and sinus symptoms. They contain 4 to 1 Oregano Extract, Nettle, Quercetin (which strengthens the walls of the Blood Vessels), Goldenseal (a natural Antibiotic) and Grapefruit Seed Extract (also a powerful Antibiotic). The Mist is sprayed into the nasal passages. I introduced this to a firefighter, who had worked on the mountain fires in Southern California that year.
They had been completely overwhelmed by the disastrous smoke in their lungs and it also wreaked havoc on their sinuses. Dr. John W. Tintera, MD. found that poor adrenal gland function explained several types of allergies. Cited in his book “The Adrenal Syndrome”, a deficiency in the adrenal response can explain many types of allergens that have their beginnings in the failure of the adrenal glands, part of the endocrine glands located near the kidneys. Now Foods has adrenal support containing Cayenne, Ginseng (an adaptogenic herb), Astragalus, Kola Gout (Ayurvedic), and Licorice. Now Foods also has Air Defense with its proprietary Paractin Extract with Andrographis (great for stomach and immune), Elderberry, Echinacea, Astragalus and Olive Leaf (for immunity and infections). You can certainly combine this with Herb Pharm Adrenal Support Tonic Tincture. Add some Herb Pharm Proplis Drops for allergies, the great respiratory fighters.
Histamine also causes a contraction of the smooth muscles and the walls of the lungs, blood vessels, and the intestinal tract and bladder, itching, earache, and a blocked nasal congestion (not fun). Clear Products has Clear Sinus And Ear, formulated by Stash Oz, (Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine). Go to my website to read all about our seminar. It is stimulant free, reduces swelling, ear pressure and humidity with Magnolia Flower (Xin Yi Hua), Scutellaris (Huang Quin), Perilla Leaf (Zi Su Ye) and Angelica Root (Bai Zhi). Another TCM is DR. Shen Min Kan Wan for dust, pollen and animal hair allergens. Now for allergy relief for peepers (eyes) subject to all environmental toxins and chemicals. King Bio has allergy / red eye relief for inflamed watery conjunctivitis and swollen closed eyes with stuck granules in the morning when you wake up. Bioforce USA, Dr. Vogel’s famous homeopathic formulas, have options for puffy, watery eyes and inflamed sinuses with congestion. Similar to Old Remedy Mustard Plaster, Dr. Singhas Mustard Bath opens all your portals, especially soothing for Stuffed Up Head, and removes toxic build-ups.
Allergies can also speed up your heart rate. Using a watch with a second hand, count your heartbeats for 60 seconds to find your average pulse. This is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Take this pulse test to find out what foods you might be allergic to. Take your pulse 5 minutes before eating, after you have finished eating, if your pulse varies between 12 and 20 beats later, a suspicious food may be the answer. To give your digestive tract more ammunition, Food Science Of Vermont has the megaprobiotic Nd with FOS (what’s that? Fructooligosaccharides – This promotes good bacteria in vegetables and helps break down proteins in undigested food, another cause of allergies). Another work in progress for foods that retain and cause dysfunction is Planetary Formulas Three Spice Breast Support. Hit this one with lots of vitamin C. Now Foods has pantothenic acid which, if taken during the day, could ease those dreadful sinus headaches. You have to take enough, but it works! Or you could try.
More American Indian herbs to clean. Bio-Allers- Natra Bio Homeopathics has year-round and seasonal relief formulas. Excellent options for all ages, stimulating the body’s natural defenses and inherited resistance to allergies. For airborne allergies, tree pollen. Dairy allergies, cereal allergies, animal hair and dander, pet allergies can be taken continuously. In addition, it is also good for the relief of down or garments that contain sheep or wool allergens. Conventional Medicine responds to disease with powerful drugs that never get to the root.
Over-the-counter antihistamines create undesirable side effects and toxicity. It may be true that at some point we need them in the short term. Heel has Euphorbium nasal sinus relief spray for viral and bacterial rhinitis. Natra-Bio has cold and sinus spray. Some of the herbal teas can help. Health King with Head and Throat Soothing (you can imagine what it does!) Longjiang River teas have some unusual herbs in the teas, but they taste good. Handy Packs for travel, just in case Nelson Homeopatics has the Sinus Packs. Food additives include antibiotics, food coloring, sulfites, monosodium glutamate. All of these increase the allergic response. Stress, excessive intake of refined processed foods, and nutritional deficiencies are contributing factors. Allergies are now showing up in children of all ages. Hebron Naturals USA has Kids Goodypops Berry Buddies with Echinacea and Vitamin C. Allergy shots are not always a panacea. Finding the right program that works for you, be it Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Chinese Herbology, it still comes down to finding Inner Wellbeing.