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Allergies: CAM Therapies for Specific Conditions

  • Hypnotherapy is used to control allergies.

  • Astragalus is probably the most commonly used herb today in China, and has applications for allergies.

  • Irritable bowel syndrome patients on allergy-free diets reexperienced symptoms when allergens were reintroduced.

  • Food allergy has been implicated in otitis media, a type of middle ear infection.

  • A series of studies investigated a single remedy, Galphimia glauca, for hay fever. Nearly six hundred people were involved in the trials, which showed a statistically significant improvement in symptoms among people using homeopathy.

  • A study of nasal allergies involving thirty-nine patients found statistically significant results in favor of a homeopathic remedy, Galphimia glauca. In a similar study, patients using other homeopathic remedies showed a statistically significant decrease in symptoms. A 1997 meta-analysis noted that five out of six studies of several different homeopathy remedies noted positive effects for several different remedies depending on differences in the specific allergy and symptoms.

  • A study of the remedy Similisan in 1995 produced a statistically significant reduction in redness and itching among allergy patients.

 

Caution: Some studies suggest that melatonin can exacerbate allergies.

 

 

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From THE BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, Inc.
Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.

 


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