Alternative help for allergies
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Acupuncture looks at the needs of a person as a whole rather than dealing with single symptoms. A treatment plan would cover any allergies you are experiencing. As acupuncture helps you to feel more relaxed, your immune system may get stronger, lessoning allergic reactions. Consult ACTM – Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK, for a recommended practitioner.
Homeopathic medicine works by moderating the overactive immune system. It treats each individual’s own distinctive allergic symptoms with a homeopathic principle of “treating like with like”, rather than offering a catch-all remedy for specific allergies.
*There is fierce debate about the effectiveness of homeopathy and whether homeopathic medicines comprise of too small a dose to have any effect. There has been plenty of research based around respiratory allergies. Consult a British Homeopathy Association practitioner.
Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
The majority of the commentary we’ve seen is in favour of using essential oils for asthma but there are a number of warnings about whether it is appropriate, so do check with your GP (or asthma clinic).
Essential oils can be burnt in an oil burner, dropped onto a tissue, added to hot water to make a vapour, or added to a bath. Talk to an aromatherapist or reputable supplier to ensure that you’re using them safely.