Pollen, the result of flowering plants, trees, and grasses we enjoy during springtime, unfortunately can activate allergic reactions in many people. Creating a wide range of symptoms from mild, occasional sneezing, runny or stopped up nose, itchy eyes to even more severe symptoms, the discomfort of seasonal allergies drives a huge over-the-counter market of drugs and fixes. These products tend to burden the system even further, even if they offer temporary relief. The long-term issue is never addressed.
Homeopathy has a lengthy track record of effective treatment for allergies. Depending on one’s specific symptoms a number of remedies can be used. But one product that I am especially excited about is becoming more widely and easily available.
Allergena, made by Albuquerque-based Progena, is a custom formula available for 6 different geographic zones. The zones are based on predominant weeds, grasses, and trees of a particular area. Their website, www.allergena.com, offers a very clear explanation of which zone to purchase based on your location. I discovered this company when I first moved to New Mexico and have watched the product become widely available over the last decade. I’ve seen it help about 80% of my patients who take it.
The best time to begin Allergena is before your allergies kick in but you may start it anytime, even if you have begun experiencing symptoms. The directions ask that you take it three times a day. This is not a product that is going to instantaneously take away your symptoms. It is gradually priming your system to have a less of a response to the substances your body perceives as invasive. Taking it as directed is imperative to having a successful experience with this product. It’s not something you can try for 2-3 days and then determine it’s not working. Give it two weeks to analyze if you are having success with it.
Histamines are released as an immune response causing inflammation which allow white blood cells to engage in clearing up the perceived pathogen. When too much histamine is released allergic symptoms arise. By taking a homeopathic dose of the perceived allergen, your body is able to modulate its response in a less invasive way because there is greater recognition of the pathogen.
I highly recommend Allergena as a first step in allergy relief.
If you or someone you know needs additional support for allergies, please contact my practice for a homeopathic consultation.