Are you tired of developing itchy eyes and a scratchy throat every time allergy season rolls in? Allergy medications may take care of the symptoms in the short-term, but they don't really address the heart of the problem or keep your body from reacting the same way the next time you encounter the allergens. Thankfully, there are some natural ways you can reduce your allergy response so that in the future, your allergic reactions are less pronounced or even non-existent. These methods don't work for everyone, but since they're completely safe and natural, it's worth your while to give them a try.
Allergies are essentially a malfunctioning of the immune system. Your immune system is supposed to make your eyes water and your nose start running if you encounter a dangerous virus, but it's not supposed to do so in response to a harmless particle like pollen. Sometimes, immune system malfunctions can be traced back to misalignments in the spine. If one or more of your vertebrae are out of alignment and are pressing on nerves that control your immune system, this could be encouraging your immune system to over-react in the presence of allergens.
Your chiropractor (like those at Rockwood Chiropractic) can adjust your spine to eliminate these pressure points, which will improve the function of your immune system and hopefully diminish or eliminate your allergies. Keep in mind that, since your spine tends to shift back into a misaligned position after spending months or years this way, you will need repeated adjustments (at least initially) to keep it in the proper position and to successfully fight allergies. Your chiropractor will work with you to devise a personalized treatment plan, which may involve weekly or biweekly adjustments depending on your needs.
Repeatedly exposing your body to small doses of the item to which you're allergic may eventually diminish your allergic response. When pollen is the allergen, a good way to accomplish this is by eating a little local honey each day. Honey from your area contains the same pollen to which you are exposed when you go outside. Spread a teaspoon on your toast each morning, or stir it into your tea. You won't see effects immediately, but after a few weeks or months, you'll likely notice that your allergic response to the pollen decreases.
Make sure the honey you're using is natural and non-pasteurized. Pasteurization destroys the pollen, so using this honey won't have the same effect. The honey has to be from your area, too. Honey from another region won't contain the same pollen that blows around near your home.