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Treating Seasonal Allergies with herbs, spices, and other foods.
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Pathophysiology of Pollinosis
- Seasonal Allergies Caused by Pollens and other irritants
A look at seasonal allergies, how they affect the body, and some alternative treatments to combat them.
Treating Seasonal Allergies Homeopathically.
Allergies bugging you?
Treat your allergies with herbs, spices and a list of other foods. All well documented as effective.
This brief article is an after thought, or an addendum, to my last article entitled: Pathophysiology of Pollinosis.
In that article i talked about the physiological causes of allergies.
This one will be more focused on the use of homeopathic remedies, or treatment, of allergies.
It is my own story about my personal history of seasonal allergies and subsequent 'treatment' that worked for me.
I hope you find it helpful.
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A personal battle with allergies
From the time i was a young child until mid 20's, i was susceptible to seasonal allergies twice a year: every spring and every autumn without failure.
Way back in those days we did not have the over the counter anti-histamines that are so prevalent today.
So, twice a year i looked forward to rhinitis, bronchitis, and nine times out of ten, these leading to pneumonia.
It seemed like each time i had these attacks they were more severe than the year before.
I had resigned myself to the fact that i would probably have a short life span due to these allergies that usually lead to pneumonia.
A surprising revelation
When i was in my mid twenties, i met this old fashioned physician who told me about herbal use for allergies.
He gave me a list of herbs/spices to buy and use on a daily basis.
Not in any particular amounts, or order, but to incorporate them into my diet on a regular basis.
He told me it would take about 6 months to get the full benefits of these herbs/spices and not to lose patience.
The initial cost was high, but well worth the price, if it actually worked for me. So, i bought these herbs and spices and used them everyday in some form or another. I did all of my own cooking and I added them to all my foods and continued to do this religiously.
I started using these herbs/spices halfway between my Spring - Autumn bouts of seasonal allergy dis-ease.
When the next fall came around i had a very mild episode of allergy symptoms without them progressing to asthma, bronchitis, rhinitis, and ultimately pneumonia.
In the following Spring i had NO ALLERGY SYMPTOMS at all.
I used these herbs/spices religiously throughout the years and have had none of those debilitating episodes over all these years, except for the occasional colds, and mild flu symptoms when those seasons came around.
Since i made my career in nursing, and being around the sick all the time, this was quite an accomplishment for me.
Today, i use a more diverse number of herbs and spices, but I will give you the original list that i received from that old doctor more than 45 years ago - these were the basic herbs/spices that saved my life:
thyme, basil, rosemary, fennel, anise, fenugreek, sage, cayenne, horseradish, cumin, caraway, marjoram, tarragon, bay leaves, clove, turmeric, garlic, black pepper, oregano and mint.
- List of 40 Spices
Includes: a brief list of 40 spices, and try cooking with spices.
In keeping with the theme of this article (allergy, colds, flu, upper and lower respiratory problems and inflammation) here is the list specifically aimed at these symptoms:
Anise, Cumin, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cayenne, Celery Seeds, Chile Pepper, Cinnamon, Coriander, Fenugreek, Garlic, Horseradish, Jalapeno Pepper, Licorice, Onion, Paprika, Peppercorns, Savory, Sumac, Tabasco Pepper, Tamarind, and Turmeric.
The attached link will take you to a wonderful site that gives you all the information you need on 40 different spices/herbs.
I hope you find this advice helpful, it certainly worked for me and my allergies.