Integrative Health Blog

A Holistic Approach to Allergy Treatment

Posted by NIHA Staff on Mon, May 18, 2009

By Dr. Barbara Solomon

Are you taking allergy medication and still suffering from sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes?

About 15% of the population suffers from seasonal allergies. For many people, over the counter medications will work and get them through a few weeks of itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion and headaches. Others need prescription medication and a more comprehensive allergy treatment program to get them through the allergy season.

Allergy shots can desensitize you to offending allergens, providing symptom relief, but skin testing can be invasive and ineffective in indentifying problems. Allergy serum drops can provide the same symptom relief in a less invasive manner. After complete allergy testing, a holistic or integrative doctor can provide serum drops for you to use sublingually (under the tongue). As with shots, serum drops desensitize your body to allergens over time, providing relief from your symptoms. Working with an integrative doctor to find the right dosage and titration is important to your success.

A holistic desensitization treatment is effective for many health concerns beyond seasonal airborne allergies. It has been used to identify and treat food allergies, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, migraine headaches, eczema, asthma, allergy-related fatigue and sinus headaches. It is a potential treatment for allergic aspects of recurrent vaginitis, arthritis, depression and anxiety, gastro-esophageal reflux and obesity. A study was conducted showing a high percentage of improvement with allergy treatment for these conditions.

You may want to consider complementary therapy in addition to your regular allergy regimen.

Holistic and integrative doctors treat the whole person. Therefore treatment often includes safe, effective complementary therapies along with allergy shots or serum drops. One of these is Allergy Elimination Technique (AET), a biofeedback technique which calms the autonomic nervous system. Allergens such as pollen, dust or grass stimulate the autonomic nervous system, causing it to hyper react, generating sometimes crippling allergy symptoms. Gently and in a non-invasive manner, AET desensitizes the body to allergens. Most people describe the biofeedback technique as pleasant and calming.
Consistent with the philosophy of integrative medicine, the use of shots or serum drops along with AET or other complementary therapies will treat the whole body holistically in a way that helps to address the root cause of the problem.

About the Author:
Barbara Solomon MD has been practicing medicine for over 40 years and is considered a pioneer in environmental medicine and holistic allergy treatment. 


Topics: allergy elimination technique, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, holistic approach, sinus, integrative medicine