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Ragweed Allergies–Homeopathy Can Help!

This has been quite a season for sneezing and allergies, hasn’t it?  I don’t recall one this bad in recent memory.

If you live in the US, and your allergies typically flair up in the August through Frost time frame, you are probably allergic to Ragweed.  Symptoms include itchy eyes, itchy and runny nose, sneezing–you know the picture.

Speaking of pictures, this is what it looks like now.

Ragweed in all it’s blossoming glory, spreading pollen to everyone. An equal opportunity sneeze plant.

This is what it looks like in the spring, when you could still pull it up without disturbing any pollen.

This is what it looks like before it blossoms and you could actually pull it out of the ground without spreading pollen around.

There are other forms of ragweed in the US, but this is the most common.

Briefly, some natural things to do to help with the allergic reaction:

  • Take a shower after you have been outside.
  • Sleep with the windows closed–even though it is wonderful weather.
  • Make sure your pet gets bathed too, especially if it sleeps in your room.
  • Stay away from other things to which you are allergic, such as dogs, cats, certain foods.  Some allergy specialists believe that we all have an allergy “bucket”, which when it overflows, we exhibit symptoms.  So during this especially difficult time of year for allergies, eliminating other allergens can help.

It seems everyone wants to know if homeopathy can help allergies.  The answer is yes.  Not only have I seen it help, but apparently research agrees.  It is the most common topic studied in homeopathic research.  I have made a report available on my website.  You can download it by clicking here.  Read the article on that page and at the bottom of the page you will find a link to download the report.

The goal in homeopathy is to treat the whole person so that the allergies aren’t causing problems any more–to change the level of susceptibility to the allergen.  The goal is not to merely get a person through the allergy season.  When treated with a well-chosen constitutional remedy, a person generally notices the next season that the allergies aren’t quite as bad.  The following season, he may forget he ever had it.  If the allergies are quite persistent, it sometimes requires three or four seasons to completely eradicate the allergies.

Until then, there is acute relief available in the form of doses of homeopathic ragweed, called Ambrosia Artemnisiifolia  It is not a remedy you can find in a store easily, but it is available through me and perhaps through mail order.  Let me know if you need it.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

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Spring Allergies and Homeopathy

With the strange winter we had in Minnesota, followed by the early and equally odd spring, all bets are off in terms of predicting what sorts of weather related or seasonal issues may arise.

So when people started calling, presenting with allergy symptoms they don’t normally experience, I wasn’t too surprised.

Homeopathy can help relieve symptoms of Allergies, and it can help assure they don’t come back.  In fact, allergies are one of the prime reasons people seek homeopathic care.  It also happens to be the case that allergies are the most researched and most proven ailment that homeopathy has been found to treat effectively.  Personally, I have gotten over seasonal allergies and cat allergies using homeopathy over the years.

In homeopathy, we can manage the symptoms of allergies during the worst season for you by simply matching a remedy to the symptoms you are currently experiencing.  However, once the worst is over, it is best to seek constitutional care for your allergies.  This is true for a couple of reasons.  On the practical side, even if we are able to find a matching remedy, you likely would need a different remedy the next year.  This is so because of how homeopathy works–that is, the wrong remedy only works for a while.  The right remedy works much longer.

The second reason for seeking care for your chronic condition is that it is the only way to get to the underlying reason for having the allergies in the first place.  It provides a more permanent solution.

What about antihistimines and other western medicine allergy solutions?  You probably have already given up on these if you are reading this blog post.  While they may work temporarily, using them on a continual basis will suppress your allergy symptoms and they may instead appear as something worse.

Historically, homeopathy has a strong relationship with allergies.  A homeopathic physician from Scotland, Dr. Blackley first identified pollen as the cause of hayfever back in 1871.  Dr. Grant Selfridge, a homeopathic physician from San Francisco was one of the founders of The American Academy of Allergy.  And of course, the concept of allergy shots was borrowed from homeopathy, where small doses of the offending agent are introduced in hopes of creating an immunity of sorts to the allergen.

You don’t have to be a professional homeopath to help yourself out with acute care, although it can certainly be helpful because making a decision for oneself of which remedy to try can be overwhelming to say the least.  There are many possible options that are too numerous to mention in a blog.  However, there is a document posted on my website which you can download to get information on what remedies help what symptoms.  Be forewarned, however, that this is not an exhaustive list.  If your symptoms are really common, you may not be able to help yourself.

To dose the remedy, take as needed.  If you only need it once a day, that is great.  If you need it only once, even better.  However, if you aren’t getting better after a couple of doses, I recommend switching to another one.  If your symptoms get worse (as they can with an aggravation), do not repeat the remedy unless you first get better and then get worse again.  Purchase the remedies mentioned in a 30C at your local health food store, or give me a call for those that aren’t readily available.

Kathryn

www.lotushomeopathy.com

651-748-1556

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