The body is an amazing creation that is inherently strong and designed to be able to heal itself without synthetic intervention. People knew this long before Western medicine was developed and by strengthening the immune system and bringing balance to the body, a person could expect their bodies to heal themselves. While our American society relies heavily on the pills that our mainstream medicine is known for, other cultures still use the principles of natural and holistic healing with curative results for all sorts of ailments in adults and children, including allergies. Practitioners of natural healing techniques have successfully eliminated allergies in children which is wonderful, as it eradicates the need to give kids medicines that have untoward side effects. In addition, some of these natural techniques allow children to be tested for allergies in a painless and non-invasive way.
What is an allergy and what are the symptoms? When materials that are innocuous to the average person enter our bodies through inhalation or ingestion, we process and eliminate them without trouble. The immune system of the allergic person considers these normally harmless substances to be dangerous and reacts by going into overdrive, which results in common allergy symptoms people are familiar with. These include itchy skin, watery eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, and many other symptoms that are not as evident. Some of the less evident symptoms can include emotional distress or lack of focus, asthma, or life-threatening conditions such as wheezing, facial swelling, and difficulty breathing. Indeed, it can be difficult to connect some of these symptoms to allergies, particularly in infants. A baby who cries incessantly or has frequent bouts of colic may have an allergy. A toddler who breaks out in itchy welts or who is frequently wiping her nose may be allergic to something in the environment. A child with asthma or difficulty concentrating in school may have an underlying allergy.
Parents who suspect that their child has allergies can have their child tested or they may wish to try some elimination and healing techniques first. Allergy testing usually involves pricking or injecting the skin with suspected allergens and seeing if the child reacts; other tests involve taking blood samples and having a lab analyze them for certain chemicals that are involved in the allergic reaction process. These tests can help diagnose allergies in your child but their reliability can be questionable, as false positive results do occur. Also, these tests can be stressful and uncomfortable for children. If a child's allergies are not severe, it may be acceptable to first try avoiding suspected allergens or using natural methods to strengthen and heal the immune system before putting your child through formal testing.
Some common causes of allergy symptoms in children are pollens, molds, dust mites, pet dander, insect stings and bites, and foods such as milk, wheat, peanuts, and eggs. Removing these things as much as possible from your child's diet and environment can decrease allergy symptoms but may not be enough. Strengthening your child's immune system using herbal remedies and energy techniques such as acupressure, acupuncture, chiropractic and kinesiology can result in amazing decreases or a complete reversal of your child's allergies. These methods are safe, non-invasive, and have been used successfully by practitioners of non-Western medicine for thousands of years. Some newer natural tests and treatments are available, too, such as the Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) and the use of cold lasers to unblock stuck energy pathways in the body, which can restore balance in the energy meridians and contribute to greater harmony in the body and mind.
Parents may choose to use non-holistic allergy medicines for their kids and sometimes they are needed initially, especially in cases of severe allergies or asthma. Over the long term, however, these medicines may lose their effectiveness and cause harm to your children rather than help them. Natural healing methods can provide relief from allergies in your kids and can be used over and over again without the risk of long-term side effects. Thousand of years of natural healing around the world provide a firm testament to the efficacy and benefits of natural healing. If your child is suffering from allergies and sensitivities that are not severe or life-threatening, consider the benefits of holistic treatment.