From the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Natural Ways to Combat Allergies,” by Phyllis D. Light, in the March 2010 issue. Article summary: Allergy medications, such as antihistamines, may cause side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, lowered blood pressure and diarrhea. Natural substances, such as quercetin and omega-3 oils, can help soothe the discomforts of allergies without significant side effects.

by Ellie Whalen

The medical specialty of allergy commonly uses allergy shots comprised of small doses of an allergen in order help patients overcome their allergies. This concept of using small doses of what might cause the attack in order to help prevent the symptom has been used for hundreds of years, and is the basis of homeopathy.

Because the primary principle of modern allergy treatment derives from the homeopathic principle of “treating like with like,” the spirit of homeopathy has lived on in Western medicine, despite the that fact that many traditional doctors do not acknowledge it.

Homeopathic remedies work by using minute doses of natural substances to stimulate the body’s own immune system and healing response. Homeopathy is based on two principles; less is more and like treats like. This means we use very dilute natural ingredients that are the same or similar ingredient that would cause the symptom in the first place.

For example, the homeopathic ingredients often used to treat watery eyes during an allergy attack is allium cepa. Allium cepa comes from the onion. The dilute allium cepa triggers the allergy sufferer’s body to respond and stop the watery eyes.

Homeopathy is effective but also free from side effects. It is a safe way for children and adults to feel better naturally. Homeopathy is usually taken under the tongue and comes is different forms including spray, liquid drops and tablets.

Medicine taken under the tongue can be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream thus offering quick relief. Homeopathy has historically used the thin membranes under the tongue to increase absorption, and today we are seeing more and more products from many categories following homeopathy once again.

Ellie Whalen is founder and CEO of Sprayology, a homeopathic manufacturer (