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May 10, 2017

Food allergies and food intolerances

Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction—time is of the essence. Symptoms such as tongue and/or throat swelling can be life threatening. The same is the case with an acute asthma attack. These require urgent attention. If you are not experiencing acute symptoms of an allergic reaction, you could use homeopathic remedies to both manage food allergies/food intolerances and to heal the root causes of your sensitivity.shrimp

Food sensitivities—in the form of intolerances and allergies—are on the rise and span a wide variety of foods. The list includes products containing corn, casein, eggs, fish, gluten, milk, nightshades, nuts, shellfish, soy, sulfites, and wheat. Some research attributes this rise to the use of antibiotics from early infancy, which can disrupt the intestinal flora that is critical for the integrity of the immune system.

A true allergy triggers a response in your immune system; an intolerance (like “lactose intolerance”) and a sensitivity (like “gluten sensitivity”) do not trigger this response. Food allergy symptoms usually manifest themselves within the first 2 hours after you touch or ingest the food. Failure to seek immediate medical treatment can be fatal, especially if you experience
• Anaphylaxis
• Irregular heartbeat
• Low blood pressure OR high blood pressure
• Swelling of lips or tongue
• Worsening of asthma symptoms

Ingesting the wrong food may also cause
• Abdominal cramps
• Diarrhea
• Eczema
• Flushed face
• Hives
• Itchy skin
• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Swelling of body parts unrelated to breathing
• Tingling and burning of the mouth/ throat
• Vomiting
• Watery, itchy, or bloodshot eyes
• Wheezing

The following homeopathic remedies, based on their unique symptomatic picture found in homeopathic reference works called “homeopathic materia medica,” can be useful in managing the symptoms associated with food allergies, food intolerances, and food sensitivities
• Antimonium crudum
• Argentum nitricum
• Arsenic album
• Berberis vulgaris
• Calcaria carb
• Calcaria flour
• Carbo animalis
• Causticum
• Cinchona officinalis
• Colchicum
• Ferrum met
• Kali bichromicum
• Lachesis
• Ledum pal
• Lycopodium
• Merc cor
• Natrum mur
• Natrum sulph
• Nux vomica
• Petroleum
• Phosphorous
• Pulsatilla
• Sulphur

There are some products in the marketplace made homeopathically from various foods and allergens (including dander, dust, mites, etc.). Though these medicines could be helpful and worth a try considering their safety and low cost, there is currently no systematic trial proving their efficacy.

Currently, there is usually no cure for food allergies. However, homeopathic treatment could lead to a cure. Consult with your homeopath to determine which homeopathic remedies will treat your specific symptoms and heal the underlying conditions contributing to your allergies. Continue to carefully read food labels and heed manufacturer warning labels that pertain to your particular food allergy or food intolerance.

Recommended reading
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