hay fever

  1. Natural allergy remedies work as well as shots

    New approach for allergy relief

    If you have allergies, you don't need a calendar to know when spring is in the air. Your sinuses will tell you the moment they get that first whiff of pollen.

    But you don't have to sneeze and bear it with the amount of natural allergy remedies available today, and you don't need shots or drugs to survive this or any other allergy season -- because there are much better and more effective ways to get the relief you're looking for.

    One promising technique widely used overseas -- and, increasingly, right here in the United States -- is sublingual immunotherapy. SLIT, as it's called, involves placing tiny doses of suspected allergens under the tongue to help decrease sensitivity to them.

    If that sounds familiar, it's because homeopathy works on similar principles. And isopathy, a form of homeopathic therapy, works on the exact same principle.

    In a new placebo-controlled study, SLIT led to a 40 percent improvement in symptoms -- especially in the worst areas, the infamous runny nose and leaky eyes that accompany hay fever.

    SLIT isn't approved by the FDA, which means U.S. docs who offer it currently do so off-label. And while I don't offer SLIT in my own clinic, it's not because it's off-label.

    I've never let dirty looks from the FDA keep me from using the safest and most effective natural allergy remedies and treatments for my patients.

    No, the real reason I don't use SLIT is because I've found homeopathic and isopathic remedies to be far more effective -- but you don't have to take my word for it.

    You can try homeopathic and natural allergy remedies on your own and judge for yourself.

    They're safe, inexpensive and easy to find -- just make sure you choose the right remedy for your symptoms. For example, allium cepa and nux vomica can ease a runny nose caused by allergies, while euphrasia is best for watery eyes.

    Some allergies are a little tougher to treat, and that's when it's time to call in the big guns of isopathy -- and for that, you'll need an experienced holistic doctor who can identify the source (or sources) of your allergies, and then use highly diluted extracts of those allergens to desensitize you.

    You'll start to feel the difference in a few weeks, although it may take a few months to complete treatment.

    If you're in Southern California, don't suffer through another allergy season. I'm not only experienced in homeopathic, isopathic and natural allergy remedies I'm also familiar with every single allergen floating around in our Pacific Coast air.

    For more information or to make an appointment, contact my clinic.

  2. Botox injections for allergy relief

    Poisoning your nose isn't the best way to beat allergies

    Pop an allergy pill, and the sniffles and sneezes might stop... for a little while, anyway.

    But since those meds attack the symptoms instead of the cause, the allergies always come back -- often with a vengeance, as anyone who takes them already knows.

    So I get why people with allergies are always looking for something stronger than Claritin or Zyrtec -- I just don't think Botox injections are the answer they're looking for, even if it might be marketed that way soon enough.

    That's right -- Botox injections. The famous nerve poison commonly used to temporarily smooth over wrinkles is now being tested for allergies. Instead of Botox injections, this one is rubbed on the nose. The theory is that it will sink in and freeze the nerves that react to allergens.

    If those nerves lock up the way wrinkles do, the wheezing, sneezing, coughs, and sniffles could get a little better.

    For a little while anyway.

    But just like Botox injections can only remove wrinkles temporarily, they won't provide lasting allergy relief either. In fact, the allergies are guaranteed to come back once the Botox wears off.

    It might take months instead of the hours it takes for an allergy pill to wear off, but they'll come back. And that'll leave you with a choice: more Botox, or more allergy pills. Either way it's a temporary fix... and either way you'll face a risk of side effects every time.

    So let me offer you a better choice -- a lasting and even permanent cure for seasonal allergies: Homeopathic allergy remedies that can desensitize you to the pollens that cause your symptoms.

    The exact remedy that will work best for you will depend on the cause of your symptoms, but I've found that allium cepa and/or nux vomica can help with the classic hay fever signs such as sneezing and a runny nose. For allergies that strike more in the eyes, I recommend a homeopathic remedy made from the eyebright plant, called euphrasia.

    In addition, there's a natural supplement that has shown in studies to be as effective as powerful allergy drugs. It's called butterbur, and you can find it in most vitamin stores, health food shops, or online.

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