Homeopathic scope in treating food allergies
Food allergies are a result of an overactive immune system. They occur when your immune system reacts to a protein in a particular food that it perceives to be destructive. The food that causes this reaction is known as an allergen. The allergen stimulates immune system to produce certain chemicals, such as histamine, which are responsible for allergy symptoms like wheezing, throat tightness, coughing or shortness of breath, red spots, vomiting, diarrhea and itching around the lips, tongue or throat.
Most of the food allergy symptoms occur within 2 hours of food intake; often they start within minutes. In some rare cases, the reaction may be delayed. The five most common food allergies are:
- Cow’s Milk allergy
- Eggs allergy
- Tree nuts allergy
- Shellfish allergy
- Wheat allergy.
Can food allergies be treated?
Yes, food allergies can be treated.
Homeopathy offers safe and effective treatment for mild to moderate food allergies. The best part of homeopathic allergy treatment is that it has no side-effects. Homeopathy regards an allergy as an exaggerated response that results from low immunity. As the root cause of an allergic reaction is low immunity, homeopathic treatment aims to build specific immunity against known allergens and also develops general immunity against unknown allergens.
A study of 200 patients suffering from allergic hypersensitivity illnesses, including asthma, eczema, urticaria, allergic rhinitis and other allergies including food allergy showed that homeopathic allergy treatment was as effective as conventional treatment for allergies. Where most patients who were treated with conventional medicine experienced an aggravation of their symptoms after stopping conventional drugs, only one-third of the patients in the homeopathy group experienced such an aggravation.
It was also seen that only one patient on conventional treatment experienced improvement of symptoms after stopping medication, compared to improvement in two-third of the homeopathy patients.
Patients in the homeopathy group reported a larger improvement in their general state of health and also experienced more positive change in their psychological well-being.
Self-care tips for managing food allergies
Read food labels carefully: Food labels now contain important information regarding common allergens like milk proteins, peanuts or byproducts of wheat. You need to read every label, every time you purchase any packaged food product, even if you have purchased the item before. This is because manufacturers frequently change ingredients and an allergen may be part of a new formulation.
Inform your cook & family members about your allergies: If everyone at home isn't following an allergen-free diet, it is imperative for you to inform everyone who cooks food for you about your allergy. It will also help if you have two sets of cooking and eating utensils — one exclusively for you or any other person who is allergic — and other for everyone else. Make sure you wash all the dishes and utensils thoroughly.
Dine out defensively. It's wise to let the restaurant manager or the chef know about your food allergy before you order any food. You can carry a chef card — a printed note that specifies all the ingredients you are allergic to.
To conclude, living with food allergies can be stressful not only for the person suffering from it but also his family. However, this does not mean you put a full stop to enjoy your life. You can manage your allergies with few self-care tips and homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy is one of the most effective all-inclusive systems of medicine for allergies. Homeopathic treatment for allergies works by strengthening the immune system, as allergies are autoimmune. The aim of homeopathic treatment for allergy is not only to treat food allergies symptoms but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility.