Homeopathic Treatment for Allergy - 14 Years in Homeopathy
Homeopathy Allergies is an initiative of Dr.Joshi's - Happy livin - your wellness connect.Homeopathy allergies will cater to the treatment of all allergies through Homeopathy and Diet and Nutrition. Homeopathic treatment corrects and strengthens the mind and body to minimize the risk of hereditary diseases and other chronic diseases. The right balanced diet will provide all the nutrition and energy required for the body to function normally and thus strengthen the immune system.
We treat the following:
|Allergy||Alopecia areata||Dry Eyes|
|Dust allergy||Eye allergy||Winter allergies|
|GERD||Seasonal allergies||Hay Fever|
|Sinusitis||Latex allergy||Soy allergy|
|Mold allergy||Urticaria||Summer allergies|
|Fall allergies||Insect bite allergy||Allergic rhinitis|
Introduction: Allergy is a disorder of immune system that is often called atopy. Allergic reactions occur to environmental substances known as allergens.
Substances that often cause allergic reactions are known as allergens. Some of the common allergens are:
- Dust mites
- Certain foods
- Insect stings
- Pet dander
- Some fruits
Genes and environment both are responsible for causing allergic reaction. Normally our immune system fights germs but in case of allergy our body responds to a false alarm.
Pollen, pet danders are harmless substances but if our body mistakes them as germs and responds then you get an allergic reaction. It occurs when the body's immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances.
It is seen only in certain people and hence such people are called allergic or atopic. People who are more prone to allergies are called atopic individuals. For e.g. when you are cleaning the house, some new relative who has just arrived to be with you for a few days starts sneezing, the moment you start dusting and cleaning whereas the other people in the house do not have any symptoms which means that the your new relative is allergic to dust.
Allergies can cause runny nose, sneezing, swelling, itching, rashes or asthma. It is characterised by excessive activation of certain white blood cells called mast cells and basophils by a type of antibody called as IgE which results in inflammatory response.IgE is an antibody which is present in everyone in small amounts. Allergic persons, however, produce IgE in large quantities.
The Mechanism of an Allergic Reaction
There are three stages to the allergic response: The first stage is called as sensitization where the immune system encounters the foreign substance and identifies it as an invader. It then prompts the immune system to recognize this invader as an enemy that needs to be destroyed in future. The subsequent stages are mast cell activation, and prolonged immune activation.
- Stage 1: Sensitization
The first time an allergen meets the immune system, no allergic reaction occurs. Instead, the immune system prepares itself for future encounters with the allergen. Macrophages surround and break up the allergen.
The macrophages then display the allergen fragments on their cell walls to specialized white blood cells, called T lymphocytes. The T cells secrete a chemical called interleukin-4, which activates other white blood cells known as B lymphocytes.These cells secrete antibodies specific for that particular allergen. These antibodies, called immunoglobulin E (IgE) receptors, are attached to cells in the immune system, called mast cells and basophils .Allergic individuals produce IgE in large amounts.
- Stage 2: Mast cell Activation
It usually occurs within minutes after the second exposure to an allergen. IgE antibodies on mast cells, constructed during the sensitization phase, recognize the allergen and bind to the invader. Once the allergen is bound to the receptor, granules in the mast cells release their contents.These contents, or mediators, are substances such as histamine, platelet-activating factor, prostaglandins, and leukotrienes. Mediators trigger the allergy attack. Histamine causes redness, swelling, and inflammation. Prostaglandins constrict airways and enlarge blood vessels.
- Stage 3: Late phase inflammatory response
In Stage 3 tissue mast cells and neighbouring cells produce chemical messengers that signal circulating basophils, eosinophils, and other cells to migrate into that tissue, to help fight the foreign material.These immune cells secrete chemicals of their own that sustain inflammation, cause tissue damage, and recruit yet more immune cells. This phase occurs several hours after exposure and can last for hours and even days.
Diagnosis: A number of tests are now available to diagnose allergic conditions; these include testing the skin for responses to known allergens or analyzing the blood for the presence and levels of allergen-specific IgE.
- Blood Test: This test measures the amount of specific IgE circulating in the blood against a suspected allergen. This test is particularly useful when the patient has eczema and it is not possible to carry out skin prick test. The radioallergosorbent test (RAST) and the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test are two types of blood analyses that can be used to diagnose allergies.
- Skin Prick Test: It is more sensitive and specific and is usually carried out for assessing the presence of allergen-specific IgE antibodies .An allergy skin test is used to identify the substances that are causing your allergy reactions.
Skin testing is also known as "prick testing" due to the series of tiny puncture or pricks made into the patient's skin. Small amounts of suspected allergens or their extracts (pollen, grass, mite proteins, peanut extract, etc.) are introduced to sites on the skin marked with pen or dye.
A tip of lancet is used to puncture or prick the skin. Sometimes, the allergens are injected "intradermally" into the patient's skin, with a needle and syringe.
Common areas for testing include the inside forearm and the back. If the patient is allergic to the substance, then a visible inflammatory reaction will usually occur within 30 minutes.
This response will range from slight reddening of the skin to a full-blown wheal and flare known as 'hive' in more sensitive patients. Interpretation of the results of the skin prick test is normally done by allergists on a scale of severity, with +/- meaning borderline reactivity, and 4+ being a large reaction.The diameter of the wheal and flare reaction is recorded and measured. Skin tests may not be performed if the patient has widespread skin disease or has not taken antihistamines for many days.
Role of Homeopathy
The role of homeopathy lies in the fact that it can bring back the lost balance in the human body when it is in a diseased state.
Homeopathic remedies act at the psycho neuro endocrinal axis. In other words it stimulates the human body which in turn will take care of the disease.
The right homeopathic remedy prescribed on the totality of the symptoms will help in relieving the allergies. It will also improve the overall health of the person.