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Allergy is defined as "any body reaction that cannot be explained by infection, injury or tumor growth ... The term allergy should really be limited to eczema, allergic, hayfever, bronchial asthma, drug reactions, serum sickness and contact dermatitis." (London Smith, The Encyclopedia of Baby & Childcare)
An allergy is: ‘Something’ is taken into the body through the skin, respiratory tract or digestive tract. The body recognizes this 'something' as being unfriendly or foreign, sends out antibodies to devour the invader. In the process of eliminating and/or neutralizing the invader, histamines are released. The liver must then supply antihistamines to neutralize the histamines. Histamines are responsible for all allergic reactions that involve swelling, itching, fluid production and retention, etc.
Often in an allergy may be weakened adrenals, congested liver, poor digestion, hypoglycemia and/or Candida.
When working with allergies, it is best to do very little for the symptoms and work with the cause instead.
It is mandatory to support the liver, adrenals, digestion and pancreas. For the liver you may choose Liver Cleanse or Gall Bladder Formula or Oregon grape. These cleanse the liver and nourish it so it can function properly. Chlorophyll may be good to use with any other herbs.
Formulas for the pancreas that work well may be: HY-A or Pro Pancreas or PBS. Licorice Root may be used and available in extract. Hawthorn extract may be helpful in supporting the pancreas and stabilizing the blood sugar. For the adrenal consider using Adrenal Support or Pantothenic Acid or AdaptaMax. For the digestive system Food Enzymes may be vital to building and for the allergic person.
The organ or system which is manifesting the symptoms may need support. HSN-W and Pau D' Arco lotion may be good for the skin. Sinus Support may help the sinuses. ALJ or Marshmallow & Fenugreek or Lung Support may aid the respiratory tract.
Bifidophilus Flora Force may help to build the bowels and Bowel Detox may cleanse it.
Some people may have relief by using Bee Pollen (start with small doses and build it gradually) as a preventive and curative. As in all things herbal; there is not one cure-all. What works for your neighbor may not work for you.
Supporting the body with vitamins and minerals may help. Vitamin A & D may help to build respiratory tract integrity and Vitamin D3 may be needed to help in the assimilation of vitamin A.
Vitamin B complex may support the adrenal glands and helps them to function properly. Vitamin B is utilized best when taken with vitamin C. Vitamin C may have antihistamine properties for some people and when taken with bioflavonoids.
Vitamin E helps Vitamin A & D to work better and helps body cells retain their proper permeability, decreasing their susceptibility to histamines.
Allergies are more than just an inconvenience. They are a deep seated problem. Orthodox medicine will usually prescribe antihistamines with side effects and/or allergy shots.
The key is to strive to bring the whole body into balance, providing the nutrition for it to heal itself.