A Rundown of Some Alternative Methods for Allergy Sufferers

By Heather Legg

When people are suffering from allergies and finding no escape even with prescription medicine and careful monitoring of allergens, it may be time to seek other treatments. Here is a breakdown of some of the major holistic methods of allergy treatments. Though they may seem a little odd at first, plenty of people will attest to their reliability and success.

I personally have had my daughter treated holistically and happy with her results. Though we still keep a mild watch for her allergen (nuts) she has had no outbreaks since her treatment. My take on many of these treatments is that it won’t hurt to try as they are very non-invasive and do not encourage prescription reliance.

NAET

This is the method we used with my daughter. It is a non-invasive, drug-free method for relieving allergy symptoms  (NAET stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique). This treatment usually takes a few sessions depending on the severity of the allergy and can incorporate acupuncture, acupressure, even meditation and visualization while the patient holds a small, sealed, glass vial of the allergen. The allergen never comes in contact with the body. One way to look at this is the treatment resets the body to not react to the allergen.

EFT

This method, also known as Emotional Freedom Techniques, incorporates tapping and verbal affirmations to reduce or remove the allergies from the body. Tapping is a common method used in people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Because the tapping is conducted at the meridian points on the body (where energy flows) it, again, is a sort of technique to reset the body and how it reacts to situations or allergens. It is also something a patient can be taught to do on his or her own.

Acupuncture
This is probably the one most common, or at least most well known to those who practice Western medicine. Acupuncture has its basis in traditional Chinese medicine and involves inserting thin needles into the meridian points. Again, this method may take a few sessions and the patient may be prescribed herbs during the treatment.

Though many people balk at the idea of needles inserted throughout the body, it really doesn’t hurt. With my first hand experience, I can attest to that. It is in fact, a very relaxing treatment. With different sized needles and quite small ones available, even children can benefit from acupuncture treatment.

Acupressure
This is quite similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, lights are used on the meridian points. Visualization is incorporated. Though acupuncture is usually more effective, acupressure is a nice alternative for children who don’t want the needles, or anyone else who may be wary of acupuncture.

Many Westerners who receive holistic treatment combine it with Western medicine. For instance, it is perfectly acceptable to use the holistic treatments, but if a bad allergy attack happens, by all means, take some medicine. Some people like the fact that even those these treatments may not completely eliminate an allergy, they can reduce it enough so that fears of anaphylaxis are eliminated and day to day activities can be resumed.

A lot of Eastern medicine depends on mind set. Visualization is a big part and a practitioner may ask the patient to visualize himself suffering an allergy attack and then again as allergy free. Those that can open their minds to this have a bigger change of  successful treatment. I think it is definitely a viable option of treatment for those who have been suffering allergies and can find no relief, or those that have a life threatening allergy. Be sure, however, to find a reputable practitioner before undertaking any treatments.

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