Cause of Allergies & Natural Treatments


The cause of allergy can be related to a particular type of food sensitivity, man-made drugs such as antibiotics (Penicillin), anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, indomethacin) or alcohol allergy and in some case induced by H. pylori bacterial infection. Severe allergy attacks can go beyond nature's contributors and can include everything from preservatives in food to pets, dust, smoke, pollutants, and products containing perfumes. 

Allergy in some cases may also present as a sign of other systemic or general internal disease such as hormonal disorders (hyperthyroidism), lupus, polycythaemia, reticuloses, autoimmune etiology etc. - all of which can be aggravated by emotional stresses.

A blunting of the brain hormonal stress response is also an important contributor to development of chronic allergies. In many patients, cortisol response which is a natural anti-inflammatory response is impaired due to excessive stress over a long period of time, so there is no shutoff valve to end inflammation when it is no longer needed. In other patients, the cortisol response may be intact but immune cells are resistant to the anti-inflammatory effects of cortisol due to abnormalities that are induced on the cortisol receptor. In both circumstances, inflammation goes on unchecked without the dampening effect of the body's own cortisol.

Salubrious activities like relaxation, meditation, prayer, sleep, exercise, healthy life style and social support tend to reduce the stress response and prevent the negative effects of cortisol on the immune system. Understanding the cross-talk between the brain and the immune system can help us structure our lives to help us heal. Related Label: Anxiety &Depression

On the other hand not all allergies are induced by stress and thankfully, there are plenty of natural remedies that may help you to get rid of these allergies without producing any side effects commonly associated with conventional medications.

Butterbur: It is considered to be the Singulair of the natural treatment for allergy. It works as a leukotriene inhibitor, which blocks some chemicals responsible for producing swelling in the nasal passages. Some researchers say that extracts of butterbur are not only effective in giving relief for allergy symptoms but they are as effective as prescription drugs like Allegra. Butterbur does not produce sleepiness which is a common side effect of anti-histamines.

Quercetin: It is found in many fruits and vegetables which work as a mast cell stabilizer. It blocks the release of histamine that is responsible to produce inflammation. Quercetin has been proven by many patients to effectively reduce allergy attacks, hives, and other respiratory ailments that run with immflamatory immune and lung diseases. Quercetin shows promise as a natural treatment for seasonal allergies, according to a 2000 report from Alternative Medicine Review.

Stinging Nettle: It is one of the most popular herbs for the natural treatment of allergy. The stinging hairs contain amines — histamine, seratonin, acetylcholine — as well as glucoquinones and chlorophyll. In this double-blindstudy 58 percent of people reported it to be effective and 48 percent said 300mg of freeze-dried herb was equally or more effective as other allergy medications.

Chamomile: A study published in the February 1996 issue of Planta Medica that found that the essential oil of chamomile stops the release of histamine by the mast cells, which the Mayo Clinic explains creates the redness and welts. When chamomile is steeped in hot water, it releases its chamazulene content which is an antioxidant, which absorbs the free-radicals that cause an allergic reaction, and inhibits production of leukotrienes, an inflammatory molecule of the immune system.

Bromelain: It is one of the most effective herbs in treating chronic hives as it is a strong anti-inflammatory, moreso than certain drugs, thereby decreasing the allergic response, alleviating hives and associated skin irritation. It also helps body break down complex protiens which may be the cause of food allergies in affected individuals.

Curcumin: It is the active ingredient present in turmeric. It stimulates the body's natural anti-inflammatory corticosteroids. When regularly consumed, the curcumin in turmeric acts as a natural antihistamine and antioxidant for chronic hives and a variety of inflammatory skin ailments.

Alfalfa: It is another important allergy treatment for hay fever. It gives immediate relief in watery nose, sneezing and itching. It helps in quick healing of the irritated mucus membranes and boost up the immune system.

Apple Cider Vinegar: It is a natural allergy treatment for all types of allergies. It helps with sinus infection and allergy reaction produced by dander of pets.

Home Remedies
Castor oil is helpful in the natural treatment of allergies. You have to take half cup of water and add four to five drops of castor oil in it. Drink this mixture every morning empty stomach.

Add one teaspoon lime juice in one glass of lukewarm water. Also add one teaspoon of honey and mix properly. This helps to flush out the toxins from your system. It is a useful home remedy if taken for several months’ empty stomach early morning.

Prepare a mixture by adding beet, cucumber and carrot juice to prevent several types of food allergies and to detoxify your body.

Vitamin C also helps in improving allergy symptoms, particularly for asthma and hay fever. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C greatly helps in combating respiratory allergies. Orange, amla, lemon are good sources of natural vitamin C.