Sneezes, watery eyes, itching, hives… If these symptoms sound familiar, you might be one of the 24 million Americans suffering from allergy season every year. If you’re someone with mental health issues, you may notice that seasonal allergies also make symptoms like depression, anxiety and insomnia worse. This is because histamine, an excitatory neurotransmitter, is produced during allergic reactions and can affect both mood and energy levels.
Americans spend over $3 billion annually treating and managing seasonal allergies with interventions like allergy treatments, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications. If you’ve tried all of the “typical” treatments but are still looking for more, functional medicine offers additional, evidence-based, natural ways to provide seasonal allergy relief, from acupuncture to diet to herbs. Dr. Kate covers 7 natural medicine tips for treating allergies in this article.
For example, did you know that the follow things can make seasonal allergies worse?
- Undiagnosed food allergens
- Exposure to dust, mold, pollen, and other allergens in a home without proper air filtration.
- Nutrient deficiencies including B vitamin deficiencies, vitamin C insufficiency, insufficient protein intake, and more.
- Genetic SNPs, including those in DAO, HMNT, and MTHFR, may play a role in the rate at which your body breaks down histamine.
- Dysbiosis affects histamine tolerance.
Did you know that evidence suggests that certain supplements can reduce allergy symptoms, including
- Dao Supplements
- N-acetyl cysteine
- TCM Herbal Blends Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal blends have also been studied to reduce the severity of allergic rhinitis. It’s best to work with a Licensed Acupuncturist to get this treatment. We have great referrals if you need them.
- And more.
If you feel like you’ve tried everything to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms, don’t give up! There are a number of natural methods that are proven to provide seasonal allergy relief safely and effectively. From acupuncture to supplements and lifestyle changes to the foods you eat – the options for managing allergies outside the allergy office are endless. We hope this article gives you hope and a great starting place.
If you want a team who can help you manage allergies to improve your mental health, schedule your free 15 minute discovery call today, and we will get you thriving!