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Part 1: Homeopathy for Allergy Relief

Learn why homeopathic remedies are a great choice for all ages during allergy season. Get the short answer to how homeopathics work, as well as some specific formulas to look for and how to use them. Dr. Tori Hudson is a naturopathic physician of 23 years and medical director of her clinic in Portland, OR. She is also director of product research and education for Vitanica and author of Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

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DANIELLE says …

I've used the general homeopathics for my spring allergies. I don't exactly know what I'm allergic to, so I just do the general kind, which seems to work quite a bit better than Claritin ever has, plus I don't get really sleepy. I have no idea why homeopathics are sold in most groceries!

mod*mom says …

i like boron's sinusalia for sinus symptoms.

mod*mom says …

oops, i mean boiron

Naomi says …

My allergies just kicked in, so I am miserable. I try to stick to natural remedies especially since I am nursing. I didn't realize there were so manmy varieties of homeopathic allergy relievers.

Diana G says …

Both of my kids suffer with allergies - I'm worried the conventional OTC remedies will cause harmful side affects. I truly believe nature is the answer! Very informative podcast!

Gina McLeod says …

This has been very helpful since my daughter suffers from allergies. I much prefer something more natural! Thank you!

Michelle says …

That was good to listen to. I have never really persued a homeopathic solution before. I always hate to medicate my kids when allergy season rolls around and the idea that there are gentler methods of possibly controlling their seasonal allergies has my interest piqued. I really need to look into those options more closely.

Taryn S says …

We use a lot of homeopathic remedies. I like Hylands ones for kids such as 'Sniffles n Sneezes.' I like how the podcast explaimed homeopathy.

Purvi says …

Homeopathic health supplements are very effective in keeping yourself at the peak of health and beside it comes without any side effects.

Carlos says …

I used to suffer from allergies from mold, mildew and pollen. Since last August, I have been doing the Candida Yeast diet and I barely suffer from them anymore, I am more alert and feel great. I think I've only have to take my allergy medicine a handful of times and that is only when I was on vacation and wasn't eating well. If you don't have the patience for a diet, I used to take Boron's drops and those worked good too.

Kelly Kerley says …

very informative and helpful. thank you.

angela torres says …

I have serious problems with allergy since I was a baby, and every winter I need to be prepared....I should try homeopathy...my baby girl uses just homeopathy for everything, and she´s doing pretty well...

Susan P. says …

I'll have to try some of these for my daughter who sneezes like crazy in the morning.

Scott says …

I've had sinus problems for years, especially in the spring, but I also have dogs and cats. Do they have homeopathic remedies with microspcopic pieces of dander? I'd like to get some of that.

Kim Allmon says …

I have seasonal allergies (especially in the spring when the trees begin to bloom). I currently enjoy using homeopathic remedies to treat my PMS symptoms with good results, but never thought of using homeopathy for my allergies. I'll have to try them in the coming weeks. Thanks for the reminder!

Sara B. says …

Both my son and I have seasonal allergies, I think I"m going to incorporate some of these remedies this summer.

Leslie says …

This is great information...most people like to go to the Dr. for the quick fix. We suffer from allergies and love the alternatives knowing the benefits far outweigh any over the counter meds. Thanks.

Ginny B says …

I suffer from really bad allergies, this was very interesting.

Sunny Kim says …

Never had any allergies before but now I do.... due to my pregnancy? I love homeopthic!!

says …

Thanks for all your comments! Scott, yes, there are homeopathic medicines for indoor allergies, which includes pet dander. There are also products that focus specifically on pet dander. Take a look at bioAllers Pet Allergy products (for people!) in pellet or liquid form. Enjoy Spring!

Donn Pudmaroff says …

I love Homeopathy, its great for all ages and safe!!

Kimberly says …

so great to know there are options. I've suffered hayfever my entire life, but struggle with so many OTC drugs---they zap me right into a coma. Thanks for this! Now if only whole foods would open in Idaho!

Krista says …

I'm a little confused. The doctor mentioned that the supplements to help allergies are simply microdoses of the allergen. I don't understand how that is going to help your allergy, I would think that would make it worse! I haven't had any adverse reactions to my Claritin, but then it just makes life so much better I'm not sure I would notice side effects considering my allergies don't let me breath, make my nose run, eyes water, and I'm sneezing constantly and just plain tired.

william says …

I loved the sugar pills. The placebo effect was INCREDIBLE!!!

Jamie says …

I love learning about homeopathic remedies for my allergies.

Kristie Noguera says …

I didn't know you could add homeopathic medicine to another allergy medicine. I have itchy eyes and sometimes my presciption doesn't do the job. I wrote down the names of some remedies she mentioned to give them a try.

TinaMarie says …

One of the inactive ingredients in Boiron pellets is lactose, for those of you who are dairy-free.

jan says …

Sinusalia does work most of the time, not always, but often enough to make a difference.

Sherri Laus says …

This webcast was very helpful. It helped re-enforce our choice to use probiotics with our children with allergies. Thank You. Please enter me in the gift card drawing

Diane says …

I am all for homeopathic remedies for allergies and have used them for a couple of years! It is great to see others inspired to do so as well. Thanks for the information!

Kristen says …

Great to learn that homeopathy is an option that doesn't interact with other medications. Sounds easy to match symptoms with brands like Borion. I will be trying this with myself and my sons this spring.

Michelle says …

I will definitely try this natural way, I really hope I get better results!!

Karen says …

I will recomend some of these to my mother who suffers from yearly allergies

julie e says …

Homeopathy is a wonderful option for our Florida allergies! Great info.. Have been using probiotics for the last 6 months with my daughter with great results...her gastro is amazed!

Melanie says …

Great info! I've been using a sinus rinse but welcome any other information.

Mona says …

What a wonderful bunch of info! I've always wondered what the natural remedies for allergies and sensitivities would be! Thanks for the useful information! :)

meg says …

i have always wondered how homeopathy works---especially when I am giving my son his homeo. teething tablets--thanks for the info!

Theresa Shafer says …

Humm. I did the podcasts in reverse order, so this was a basic on what I had heard before. It makes sense. Will try it out to see if it does relieve symptoms and makes life more breathable. Thank you for the full 3 part series.

Merry says …

Fascinating! I have moderate seasonal allergies and spend quite a bit of the spring feeling groggy from the medication. I didn't realize there were other options.

Betty N. says …

This is certainly something that I need to look into....I am not having allergy problems but my husband does have some. I was concerned about interactions with other medications he was taking but according to the pod cast there aren't any negative interactions. Thank you not only for sponsoring this contest but for using it as a way of informing people of alternatives for dealing with allergies.

Marilu Mann says …

I heard about this from modmom.blogspot.com and am so glad I did! I've just moved to Texas and the trees are kicking my butt!

Erica Greca says …

This gives me alot to think about.

Erica Greca says …

This give me alot to think about.

Tamara (AK) says …

Definitely info I'll pass on to others in my family who suffer from allergies!

Heather says …

I suffer from allergies so this is helpful

Anita says …

Thanks for all the useful info!

Caryn B says …

My allergies have just kicked up. Thank you for this info. I have learned a lot about homeopathy and allergies.

keri says …

this was very interesting...i occasionally suffer from sneezing during spring/fall allergy season, but would rather avoid over-the-counter meds. now i realize that there are homeopathic options worth exploring.

Pam says …

This was very helpful as an introduction to homeopathy. I'm just beginning this journey.

Jen says …

Seems like these are gentler ways to deal with allergies than all of the pharmaceutical products out there-most of which make you so drowsy, you're worthless.

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