natural allergy relief

  1. Seasonal allergies can cause headaches

    If there's anything worse than hay fever, it's the blinding pain of a migraine -- but for millions of people, it's not a matter of suffering one or the other.

    They're the unlucky ones who have both, often at the same time.

    Now, new research shows why: allergies can trigger headaches. If you have seasonal allergies yourself, you're a third more likely to suffer from migraines, according to the study of nearly 6,000 migraine patients.

    And when the headaches hit, having allergies can make them worse -- more painful, more severe and longer lasting.

    But if you have both seasonal allergies and migraines, you've probably already made the connection. You dread those first sniffles, because you know a headache can't be too far behind.

    The study doesn't show the reason for the connection, but I suspect it's because seasonal allergies cause inflammation and irritation in the nasal membranes, not to mention the pressure you feel inside your head as you suffer the congestion that comes along for the ride.

    In other words, all the right conditions for a headache.

    The good news is that you can kill two birds with one stone. Get control of your allergies, and you can prevent the migraines.

    For short-term allergy relief, start with butterbur. This time-tested natural remedy has proven to be as effective as common allergy meds, but without the risk of side effects such as drowsiness.

    But don't count on butterbur alone to do the job. You'll also need to work on a more lasting solution such as the homeopathic remedies proven to desensitize you to the very allergens that are making you sick.

    Allium cepa and/or nux vomica can be very effective for classic hay fever symptoms such as sneezing and runny nose, while euphrasia -- made from the aptly named eyebright plant -- will help when the symptoms are more in your eyes.

    And for ragweed allergies, try homeopathic ambrosia.

    A holistic medical doctor can test you for common allergens to see what causes your seasonal allergies, and help desensitize you to them naturally. And for complete allergy solutions and migraine relief -- no matter what the cause -- come see me in my clinic outside San Diego.

    Not in the area? Not a problem -- I'm also available for telephone consultations. Call 855-DOC-MARK to learn more or schedule a call.

  2. 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.

  3. Acupuncture eases seasonal allergy symptoms

    Acupuncture can ease the symptoms of seasonal allergies and decrease your need for medication.
  4. Botox injections for allergy relief

    Botox is being pushed for allergy relief, but there are much better and safer way to rid yourself of the sniffles and sneezes.

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