In allergy, the body overreacts to factors: physical, emotional, environmental Homeopathy can be very effective in regulating this response.
It is currently estimated that in Spain around 20% of the general population is allergic. However, some of those affected have not been diagnosed as allergic or do not even know it, since the symptoms can easily be confused with those of the common cold: sneezing, itchy nose, watery eyes.
The most common type of allergy is pollinosis, an inflammatory condition of the airways caused by pollens. Hypersensitivity reactions to mites, to the hair of certain animals, to food, to drugs or even to sun exposure are not uncommon.
WHY ARE THERE MORE AND MORE ALLERGIES?
In the last two decades the incidence of allergic conditions has doubled. Experts warn us that in the not too distant future the proportion will increase, and they predict that in 2050 the percentage will rise to 50%. If the forecasts are fulfilled, the situation could be classified as a true epidemic.
But, what is the reason for this exponential increase? Diverse theories have been postulated, and all of them of an apparent scientific coherence.
For example, the hereditary factor in allergies is known, not so much for its possibility of genetic transmission as for the increased predisposition of children with affected parents.
There are also those who consider that the abrupt social changes that have been experienced with the current diet, poor or free of fresh , unhandled food , as well as products grown in the territory of the individual who consumes them, have made us increasingly exposed to different substances , which would alter the way our immune system reacts.
The effect of ambient diesel particles, which deteriorate the membranes of pollen grains and promote allergic reactions, has also been studied.
For many researchers, the excess of cleaning to which the canons have accustomed us today is the main reason that would explain the increase in allergic conditions.
The defenders of this theory argue that the lack of exposure of the child to potentially pathogenic microorganisms (sterilization of the material with which it comes into contact already at young ages, household cleaning products, the massive use of antibiotics, inoculated vaccines in excessively early stages ) prevent the immune system from maturing properly.
Thus, the more inactive natural defenses end up responding to other stimuli , in this case allergens (pollen, mites), which do not pose an infectious-contagious threat as in the past, but which do trigger an improper inflammatory reaction against that substance.
In any case, these theories would not quite explain why there are people with a special predisposition to suffer from allergies and others who will never experience it.
A TREATMENT TAILORED TO EACH PATIENT
Many of these patients have resorted to homeopathy, not only because it is a therapeutic method without adverse reactions, but above all because of its high degree of efficacy.
Homeopathic medicine tries to prescribe the most appropriate drug for each person and time, both physically and mentally and emotionally. In fact, the ultimate goal of homeopathy is to restore autonomy to the patient.
For this reason, despite the fact that there are a series of homeopathic remedies that are used more frequently in acute allergic conditions, the ideal is that the doctor seeks in each case the maximum similarity of the treatment depending on the individuality of the patient.
Marcos was one of the first cases of spring allergic rhinitis that came to my office. His incessant sneezing with which he got up first thing in the morning, followed by an intense and irritating runny nose, had led him in search of an alternative to the permanent feeling of drowsiness that antihistamines caused him.
It was striking that the side effect of these drugs had already caused him some fright while driving, but it did not make him suffer so much the risk of his own integrity at the wheel as the fact that a possible accident prevented that at some point he could not comply with your work.
By prescribing Nux vomica, Marcos began to improve, managed to stop his conventional medication and, over time, has managed to experience spring as a pleasant season full of fresh and stimulating sensations. Both his rhinitis and his mental hyperactivity and associated irritability are today the fruit of the past.
It is likely that the administration of Allium cepa, Arsenicum album or Kalium iodatum would have temporarily reduced the symptoms of the allergic rhinitis that I described, but what is intended by fine-tuning the treatment to the maximum with the patient is precisely that this becomes part of the group of people without predisposition.
That is to say, not only that the symptoms diminish or disappear during that spring, but also modify their individual capacity for reaction in such a way that they no longer present that tendency in the future. This will also prevent allergies from developing to other substances, which is another of the problems that we find in this type of patient.
HOW LONG DOES HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT TAKE TO WORK?
Of course, whenever possible, try to avoid exposure to the specific allergen if it is known.
Despite this, homeopathy sometimes gives us very pleasant surprises. Marta, for example, came to the consultation because she had sudden anxiety attacks with relative frequency. On the second visit, in addition to telling me about her clinical improvement, she told me that she had finally decided to go live with her boyfriend, since for a few weeks the presence of her cat no longer caused discomfort in her eyes nor on the nose.
But in most cases the treatment of a prolonged illness such as a chronic case of allergy undoubtedly also requires the commitment and patience of the affected person. It is estimated that an average of one month of treatment will be needed for each year that has elapsed since the onset of symptoms to be able to cure an allergy.
What to expect from proper homeopathic treatment is a gradual decrease in the frequency and intensity of symptoms. In some cases, before that a temporary and brief worsening of the same will be observed.
Another possibility that is also initial but that alerts us to the suitability of the healing process is the appearance of symptoms that the individual had not suffered for a long time. In people who suffer from allergies that affect the lower respiratory tract, such as asthma, it is common to observe that there is a history of skin problems, mostly atopic eczema. When starting treatment, those skin lesions that years ago had caused so much itching and discomfort can reappear.
That was the case of Joana, a woman I treated for extrinsic asthma and when taking her medical history she did not remember to mention that as a child she had presented eczema on the flexor parts of her arms and legs. It was precisely a few days after administering Sulfur that he called me to warn me that scaly lesions had reappeared the same as those he had had twenty years ago, and that at that time they were erased from his skin using corticosteroid-based creams.
We understand this expression as a detoxification phase within the global healing process, and therefore I did not prescribe those creams again but some gauze impregnated with chamomile infusion once cooled to calm the itch. In a few weeks the lesions completely disappeared and the asthma attacks became less and less aggressive.
The mechanism of elimination through the skin and mucous membranes often indicates the suitability and proper functioning of homeopathic treatment.
A balanced diet that does not saturate the liver, the main purifying organ, will help in these cases. To do this, you will have to moderate the consumption of fats of animal origin, alcohol and coffee, as well as all those foods that contain preservatives that are difficult to eliminate.
The objective of the health professional should be, whenever the conditions of the patient allow it, the total recovery of the person. In order to achieve such a worthy task, it is not necessary to expect immediate results, but rather to let the healing capacity itself act according to its natural times. If it is damaged, homeopathy is a proven and effective weapon to restore that lost capacity to the body.
HOMEOPATHY FOR ACUTE ALLERGIC ATTACKS
In the acute phase of an allergic condition, it may be necessary to introduce some remedies that momentarily relieve the symptoms.
SUITABLE REMEDIES FOR RHINOCONJUNCTIVITIS
- Allium cepa. Abundant liquid, clear and irritating nasal discharge, usually preceded by tearing. It is accompanied by laryngeal irritation. Symptoms get worse in heat or in a warm room.
- Euphrasia. Constant, copious and burning tearing with very swollen eyelids. It is accompanied by a watery nasal discharge without much irritating component and a headache in the evening.
- Nux vomica. Sneezing in the air, especially when getting up, with an initial sensation of dryness in the nostrils. Internal cold that does not improve when tucking in.
HOMEOPATHY TREATMENTS FOR ASTHMA
- Kalium carbonicum. Dry cough or with grayish expectoration, great respiratory distress and great weakness. The asthmatic attack interrupts sleep in the middle of the night. The patient has to lean his chest forward to breathe better.
- Ipeca. Spasmodic cough and great difficulty in expelling mucus, which ends up causing vomiting. Antimonium tartaricum Intense noise of pulmonary mucus that the patient does not expel due to being exhausted, labial cyanosis, nasal flaring. Great drowsiness.
- Carbo vegetabilis. Cough with burning in the chest; a lot of weakness. Cyanotic, bluish face.
HOMEOPATHIC SOLUTIONS FOR HIVES
- Urtica urens. Reddish lesions with a wheal in the center, extremely itchy. They get worse at the slightest touch, even with cold applications.
- Apis mellifica. Reddish rash of the skin, with the sensation of having needles stuck in the affected skin. Subcutaneous edema (swelling) is characteristic. Better with cold and worse with heat.