If you’re suffering from allergies right now, know that you’re not alone! We’ve already seen some pretty high levels of cedar pollen this time of year. The “Cedar Season” usually lasts from mid- to late-December through about mid-February, but it can continue even later than that. I wanted to provide insights into some homeopathic medicines, or remedies, that may actually help you survive the allergy onslaught often felt this time of the year.
Before I mention that, it’s important to note briefly about homeopathic treatment and how it helps people suffering from allergies. Homeopathy is an all natural treatment that seeks to stimulate your bodies own natural healing intelligence. We use homeopathic medicines that are derived from something in nature; mostly plants and simple minerals. That plant or mineral then undergoes a unique preparation process that dilutes away any toxicity from the original substance. What’s left is the energetic healing principles that are then transferred to inert, organic, sucrose sugar pellets. Those pellets are taken orally, preferably dissolved under the tongue. There are other ways to take homeopathic medicines, but a sub-lingual dose like this is the most common.
If you’ve seen over-the-counter versions of homeopathic medicines at local stores, you’ll often see noted indications. Yet, every homeopathic medicine has a vast array of uses and will not be limited to what you read on the product, or even what you research online. It’s always best to consult with a professional to ensure you’re taking the right remedy for you. In my practice I see people all the time for allergies. The best treatment is when you are taking a “constitutional” remedy, which is an individualized homeopathic medicine that is targeted to your unique symptom picture. Not everyone with allergies, or cedar fever, will need the same remedy. So much goes into it. Book an appointment if you’d like help.
The following is a list of various homeopathic medicines that may help you get through the season. Each one will have a unique symptom description. You may not have all the noted symptoms, but choose the one that most resembles your personal situation:
Allium Cepa: Acrid (burning, caustic) nasal discharge, which may even burn the nose or upper lip. Profuse watery discharge from the nose, like a "dripping faucet." Usually effects the left nostril more. You feel better in the open air, rather than indoors.
Arsenicum album: Also acrid discharge. It drips from the nose, which may also be totally obstructed. Usually the right nostril is more affected.
Euphrasia: Eyes feel inflamed, extremely irritated, with burning and itching. Bland nasal discharge, but with profuse acrid lacrimation (secretion of tears from eyes). Watery eyes that burn.
Nux Vomica: Terrible sneezing, especially in the morning on rising from bed. Stuffed, irritated nose that becomes fluent in a warm room - this generally relieves the stuffed nose. Nasal discharge may be very fluent in the morning and daytime, but horribly dry with raw obstruction at night and in bed.
Pulsatilla: Awful itching and lacrimation of eyes which feel better from applying a cold application. Everything is worse by being over-heated, such as by the sun, eating hot foods, or the heat of the bed, etc. Much worse in the open air. Much better in air conditioning (no exposure to pollens).
Sabadilla: Tremendous paroxysms (spasmodic) of sneezing; debilitating sneezing.
The above list is not exhaustive, but will help you get through some pretty rough situations. They are common remedies that can help for common displays of “cedar fever.” Your unique situation may require professional help to ensure an individualized approach is taken that best suits your needs. Contact me for more information.
In good health,