Allergy season is coming, are you ready for it?! Naturopathic medicine looks at allergies in a much different way than conventional medicine. We dig deep and explore potential root causes within the body in addition to providing symptom relief using natural methods.
Toxic burden and overload is a factor to consider with seasonal allergies. For many people, allergies may get worse year after year, or perhaps after relocating. The body is capable of keeping symptoms at bay up until a certain point… A common analogy is to visualize a barrel which represents the body. Once the barrel fills up with toxins, it overflows–this overflow would be the symptoms. Therefore, with naturopathic medicine, we look at not only the allergens but, also the other factors that are contributing to the total load.
For every over-the-counter medication, there are natural alternatives that strengthen and enhance the immune system, thereby reducing the severity of symptoms. The good thing about natural substances is that they typically carry fewer side effects and don’t cause a rebound effect when the dose wears off. Common supplements that may be used are quercetin, vitamin C, homeopathic remedies (remedy choice is dependent upon presentation of symptoms), botanicals (for example, stinging nettle). Using a Netti pot or nasal spray are also natural treatments that may be beneficial.
To determine which therapies are indicated, a naturopathic doctor would take a thorough history to prioritize and streamline supplementation in addition to recommending lifestyle modifications.