Alternative Treatment Methods for Allergies

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Alternative Treatment Methods for Allergies

Allergies can be incredibly frustrating to deal with, especially with the citrus trees blooming in Arizona. This time of year has people walking around with red eyes, sneezing attacks and pressure headaches. Allergies will affect everyone differently, with many people not experiencing any symptoms at all. For those who unfortunately do suffer from allergies, many alternative treatment options are available.

Alternative Treatment for Allergies

Herbal Treatment

Certain herbs and nutrients can help manage allergy symptoms. Before treating yourself, you should consult a naturopath to discuss herb dosage and frequency for many important reasons. For instance, some with certain conditions may take medications that might react negatively to the herbs or supplements. On the other hand, some people may think they have allergies but could actually be suffering from a different illness. A naturopath can help determine a supplemental program best for you and your symptoms.

Supplements like Quercetin, Skullcap, EGCG (green tea), and Nettle Leaf have antihistamine properties that treat allergy symptoms very effectively.  An overactive immune system causes allergy symptoms, because it attacks antigens it thinks are dangerous. Supplements like vitamin C, vitamin D, probiotics, Elderberry and Spirulina help optimize the immune system, which helps stops allergy symptoms from forming. Some supplements (Bromelain) can even target certain symptoms, like inflammation in the sinuses. There are numerous combinations that can be tailored for a specific individual.

Immunotherapy

If supplements aren’t providing enough relief or symptoms are severe, a more pre-emptive approach may be necessary. Immunotherapy also helps optimize the immune system. As previously mentioned, an overactive or imbalanced immune system produces an aggressive attack when a harmless antigen is detected. Immunotherapy restrains the immune system so that certain antigens are no longer considered a threat. This process is a slow one that takes many months, but is also a permanent allergy solution.

Immunotherapy works by introducing miniscule amounts of pollutants to the body. Slowly over time, the amount is increased to get the immune system use to pollutants.

Immunotherapy can be done a few different ways. One of the better known programs are the allergy shots administered in a doctor’s office. This approach can be time consuming, painful, expensive and could potentially cause a serious allergic reaction.

An alternative approach is using sublingual drops that are dispensed at a doctor’s office, but are taken daily at home. Most drops are natural and can be taken by anyone including children. Drops can be customized by a naturopath for the patient to ensure the best response. This is one of the better options for natural allergy treatment.

For many people, allergies are unavoidable. Buying over the counter medications to combat allergy symptoms is a temporary fix that includes side effects like drowsiness, and may not be suitable for children. This fix can be a vicious cycle that never improves the actual cause. Herbal treatment and Immunotherapy is highly suggested for anyone wanting to rid themselves of allergy symptoms.

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Alternative Aging Treatments

Aging happens. Some do it naturally, and some have a little help. That help can come in many different forms; from supplements and aesthetic procedures to surgery. There are countless combinations in between to help slow down the hands of time. It’s inevitable to face yourself every day, and if the reflection in the mirror causes unhappiness, there’s plenty you can do about it.

 

Age Management Therapy

Age Management Therapy utilizes bio-identical hormones, nutritional supplements / IVs, exercise, diet, counseling and more to achieve optimal health in each individual patient.

Some goals in anti-aging medicine are:

  • Improving health
  • Preventing age-related diseases like dementia, cancer, heart disease, stroke, etc.
  • Improving quality of life with treatments to help with energy, memory, libido, ambition, body composition, etc.

Supplemental Injections

Any age management program should be recommended by a skilled physician and the process should start with a consultation.

Many non-surgical options are temporary, but some results can still last a few years.

A baby step into an anti-aging regime can begin with supplements. Collagen and hyaluronic acid are great examples of nutrients that can help restore skin volume and may help soften fine lines. They can even help replace lost supportive tissue in joints, easing joint pain.

Supplemental nutrients come in all shapes and sizes. They can be cheap, worthless, and sometimes even dangerous to the wrong person. Physician-grade supplements, only obtainable from a licensed physician, are among the highest quality supplements on the market. During your consultation, a program will be mapped out. Results can take months and will fade when the program stops. Despite this, many have found great results using this natural method.

Dermal Fillers 

If you’re wanting a little more correction, you may want to explore products like BOTOX ® Cosmetic or Dysport ®. They’re injected into the forehead and eye area to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. Both are a purified protein derived from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria are found in natural environments like lakes, soil, forests, and in some mammals and marine life. Once injected, it blocks the nerve impulse, causing the muscle to relax and the wrinkles to soften. The results are not permanent; it usually lasts an average of six months for most people. One of the best things about Botox ® Cosmetic and Dyport ® is the flexibility. You can opt to receive a little for a refreshed look or more depending on your taste. You can start slow, and if you’d prefer more correction, you can always schedule another appointment.

Either used alone or coupled with Botox ® Cosmetic or Dysport ®, dermal fillers can literally take decades off some faces. These products are universal. They can plump lips, remove wrinkles, enhance shallow contours, soften creases, and even improve the appearance of recessed scars.

Dermal fillers are most often used as volumizers, lifting and filling areas like cheeks, jawlines, chins, and temples.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Another option for anyone wanting to combat the total effects of aging is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). HRT addresses the side effects of aging like fatigue, weight gain, low libido, stamina, and mental cognition. This is a great option for anyone wanting to feel younger, not just look younger. This therapy requires a little more commitment with multiple office visits and bloodwork, but the payoff will be felt from the inside out.

Self-esteem has a significant impact on our health and outlook on life. Many people combat aging with the above options to help themselves feel and look the way they want. To start your ant-aging journey, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physicians today!


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