RadioMD: Inherently You with Dr. Holly Lucille

Natural Alternatives to Treating Allergies

December 3, 20149 min
Did you know allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide?According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, there are an estimated 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies.Allergies can occur all year round but are typically most evident during the spring months.What exactly is an allergy? Basically, it is when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance that has made its way into your body. This reaction could be from pollen, mold, or dust.Within the past few years, not only are allergies on the rise, but they also have more severe symptoms.What are the symptoms of allergies?Typically, if you have allergies your symptoms include sneezing, wheezing, coughing, nasal congestion, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, sore throat, and a stomach ache. However, now symptoms can also include migraines, bowel problems, aches, weight loss or weight gain.While seasonal allergies are on the rise, food allergies are also becoming more of a problem. Have you noticed how many people have food allergies these days?According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), an allergic reaction from food sends someone to the ER every three minutes. That's more than 200,000 emergency room visits per year.Allergies can sometimes be tricky to diagnose. If you've found yourself in multiple doctors' offices without a proper diagnosis, you might be suffering from an allergy.Is there a right way to test if you have allergies?If you're thinking you have a food allergy, ask your doctor if there are other tests available other than just a blood test. Simply because your blood tests come back negative doesn't mean your symptoms aren't real and that an allergy isn't present.How can you treat your allergy naturally?Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) is a non-invasive treatment option based on acupuncture techniques that eliminates sensitivities as well as allergies.What else do you need to know about allergies and how to treat them naturally?Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, joins Dr. Holly to discuss what causes allergies, why allergies are on the rise, and some natural treatment options.

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