Allergies or intolerances are on the increase and it is common for individuals to reel off a list of foods, animals, plants, or medicines that result in allergic reactions such as digestive problems, breathlessness or even unconsciousness. Homeopathy can alleviate acute allergic symptoms, but also prevent them re-occurring in the future, by treating our susceptibility to the allergens and reducing our sensitivities.
How Does Homeopathy Differ To Conventional Treatments?
Conventional medicine tends to involve blanket treatments for a particular condition e.g. inhalers for asthma, steroid cream for eczema, antidepressants for depression, and anti-histamine for allergies. A homeopath, on the other hand, treats the person, not the condition. This involves treating our susceptibility to different diseases and allergens, not just the symptoms to these items. By treating this susceptibility, our immune systems become stronger and our allergies, as well as other chronic conditions, can be improved.
What Causes Allergies?
Susceptibility stems from our family history, as well as current environmental and social factors. Certain circumstances may trigger this susceptibility, resulting in the appearance of symptoms or allergies. In the case of allergies, certain allergens can trigger specific susceptibilities such as breathlessness, digestive problems or migraines. Homeopathic treatment takes all these factors into account. Scientists are now looking at genetics to explain susceptibility but homeopaths have looked at family history for years when assessing a patient’s state of health and subsequent treatment.
How Does Homeopathy Treat Allergies?
The main point here is that homeopathy does not treat the allergy, but the person suffering from the allergy. If an allergy suddenly develops, this can be due to an external factor, which has weakened the immune system. It is this trigger and how it has weakened the immune system that needs to be treated. For example, someone susceptible to skin problems may suffer eczema when under stress, whilst others may develop eczema after experiencing grief or shock. The ailments from stress and grief would be treated in these cases – it is the trigger or cause.
This was the case with Beth, a patient who consulted me to help treat her egg allergy. Beth suddenly developed the allergy which resulted in severe migraine, sickness and even unconsciousness if she had even a trace of egg, as you might find in cakes. We established that her allergy developed after having her BCG vaccination some 16 years earlier, after which she passed out. After taking a full history, I prescribed the remedy Pulsatilla, which fitted her personality and physical characteristics. She noticed gradual improvements but the main improvement was seen after I prescribed a homeopathic dose of BCG vaccination and further Pulsatilla. She is now allergy free and is able to eat egg with no problems at all. Homeopathic remedies can cure the symptoms that are caused by the same substance in a larger dose – in this case the BCG vaccination. Here, I prescribed on Beth’s susceptibility (Pulsatilla) and trigger (BCG) and successfully treated her allergy.
Can Elimination Help?
As in Beth’s case, eliminating the trigger is not a cure, but an avoidance, and this can feel even more limiting. Beth had avoided eggs for 16 years. The best way to treat an allergy is to treat the person, the trigger and susceptibility.
When Should Treatment Be Started?
You don’t have to wait until you have an acute attack before going to a homeopath. Treatment can be most effective when acute conditions are dormant. For example, hayfever is best prevented if treated over the winter. Homeopathy can certainly help with the acute attacks, and it is never a bad time to begin homeopathic treatment. That way, as Beth discovered, you can have your cake and eat it!