Allergies

Alleviate Your Allergies with Naturopathic Medicine

Nasal allergies affect nearly 35 million in the United States alone, and that number is growing. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know how hard they can make each day. This recurring illness is one of the most prevalent, yet often disregarded, conditions in this country today.

An allergy can be defined as an overreaction of the human immune system to a foreign substance, or allergen, that has been breathed in or touched. This immune response creates effects in the body which can include sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and scratchy throat. More severe cases may include rashes, hives, lower blood pressure, difficulty breathing, asthma attacks, and even, in extreme cases, death.

Naturopathic Medicine Can Help

Naturopathic physicians consider the individual’s physical, emotional and mental landscape, as well as that person’s environment and genetic makeup, when crafting a plan to treat seasonal allergies. Allergies may be associated with weak adrenals, immune issues, or digestive problems, so treating the root of a patient’s susceptibility to illness is a vital part of the plan.

After discussing the above factors, your naturopath will craft a personalized plan that will empower and restore your body. He or she will work to implement this plan as soon as possible before allergy season begins, to ensure the best possible treatment outcome.

Naturopathic treatment options for allergies include:

  • Diet. What we consume shapes how we feel and what our bodies are able to tolerate and accomplish. You and your naturopath will assess your current diet and look for areas where nutrient-rich food can be added, as well as where toxic or allergenic foods should be removed. Supplements may also be prescribed, depending on your needs.
  • Herbal medicine and homeopathy. Our naturopathic physicians specialize in herbal supplementation and homeopathic remedies and may prescribe one or many to help soothe allergy symptoms and heal underlying imbalances that may be allowing your body to become overrun with allergy. These remedies may be ingested in the form of supplements, teas, tinctures, or granules that can be mixed with water and consumed. At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine, we use only the purest, most high-quality herbs with which to improve your health.
  • Acupuncture. The use of fine needles to balance the organs and organ systems of the body has been helping patients in China for thousands of years. Our experts are trained in the art of Chinese acupuncture, which may help allergy sufferers by targeting imbalances in the body that predispose an individual to heightened immune response. Treatments are gentle, soothing, and benefit the whole system, as well as the specific area targeted.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, call us. Our team can help you survive and thrive this allergy season.

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American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
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