Recently a friend was prescribed Singulair for her allergies and she started reading the warnings, including all the side-effects: depression, anxiety, hallucinations, insomnia, disturbed dreams… need I continue? As this point, I jumped in and offered my alternatives to allergies as well as prescriptions such as Singulair. Seriously, who wants to take drugs that (potentially) alter your mood this much. Are you really going take psychiatric drugs to combat all the side-effects of the allergy medication. Is that worth it?
So, if you feel the same way I do, here are my suggestions to rid yourself of allergies. These alternatives are listed from easiest to most involved, which is also from likely temporary fixes to permanent elimination of allergies.
- Soak your feet in warm water before bed
- Flush your nose out (use a neti pot), preferably in the morning
- Keep allergens out of your environment (animal hair, pollen, etc) or wash hair & clothing as soon as you get home (the above all explained in a post about TCM advice on allergies)
- Change your diet — wheat, gluten, dairy, sugar, chocolate, and certain kinds of fruit (among other foods) can all aggravate allergies.
- Start by cutting all (non-natural) sugars, including especially high-fructose corn syrup, out of your diet for a week. Test it.
- The next week cut all dairy (eggs are ok). Test it.
- If still no improvement, the following week cut all wheat & gluten.
- Acupuncture–The World Health Org (UN-WHO) recommends acupuncture as effective against nasal allergies.
- Do an extended fast (beyond 3days), preferably combined with #7.
- Colonic (or a series of them)
Have you tried these steps for reduction or elimination of allergies? Have you tried other approaches? Post your experiences below.