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Allergy Relief with Homeopathy

By Chris Jensen, April 8, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Chris Jensen

Excited for spring but looking for effective solutions to manage seasonal allergies? Listen in to learn the benefits of homeopathy and how to choose remedies for quick relief.

Dr. Wendy Pollock is a Certified Classical Homeopath and chiropractor practicing in Mill Valley, CA.

More than 20% of the US population is affected by allergies:

  • Allergies are a histamine response of the body to an irritant that a person becomes sensitized to such as dust, pollen, mold, smoke, pollution, etc.
  • This results in symptoms of runny nose, sneezing and congestion that can range from mild to severe.
  • Allergies can develop from overexposure sensitivity or be triggered by high stress.

Homeopathy offers effective, natural solutions for allergy sufferers:

  • Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic, have no side effects and can be effective for acute situations. They also offer long-term health enhancing benefits.
  • If an acute remedy is not effective, Dr. Pollock recommends seeing a licensed, constitutional homeopathy practitioner who will consider the whole person rather than just their symptoms.

There are approximately 800 homeopathic remedies listed as helpful for allergies:

  • Homeopathic remedies are chosen through an exacting process based on the specific symptoms of the whole person.
  • Because the correctly chosen medicine is an exact match to the symptoms that would cause illness in a healthy person, the medicine acts energetically to negate those same symptoms in a sick person.
  • In general, remedies are placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve.

Dr. Pollock recommends starting with a single, well chosen homeopathic remedy:

  • Allium cepa is a homeopathic remedy helpful for burning eyes, itchy nose and irritation associated with hay fever and colds.
  • Sabadilla is a homeopathic remedy helpful for repetitive sneezing not accompanied by burning discharge.
  • The book Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines is a great resource for self help.
  • If allergies are severe or self-care is not effective, seek the advice of a certified clinical homeopath.

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Pepilla says ...
It's too bad that my local Whole Food Stores have stopped carrying Natrum Muriaticum 30c, which is an amazing remedy for allergies. I have referred so many friends to this effective remedy and now none of can get it without a special order. I don't know if Whole Foods across the country have stopped carrying it, but I do know that where I live Whole Foods is the only local store that carries homeopathic remedies and this has made life just a little harder right at the onset of allergy season.
04/08/2012 7:07:45 PM CDT
Nick Mclogic says ...
Homeopathy has repeatedly been clinically proven to not work. I am not sure how Whole Foods can sell this with a clean conscience. The James Randi Educational Foundation (jref.org) has a good breakdown of the tests done that disprove this quackery. A lot of people don't understand the difference between homeopathy (magic and disproven biology) and holistic (nutrition) based remedies. Please be clear about the facts regarding these differences. Thank you.
04/10/2012 7:44:20 AM CDT
Nick Mclogic says ...
My apologies, the website is Randi.org not jref.org
04/10/2012 7:46:12 AM CDT
J Messer says ...
It is unfortunate that the above writer and perhaps others are so misinformed about homeopathy. There is quite a bit of good research that shows measurable positive effects of homeopathy. It is too bad that the "quackbuster" web sites don't approach this area of research with a scientific mindset of looking for real evidence. The research is there and more is being conducted all the time.
04/18/2012 6:04:56 PM CDT
Barry says ...
I agree with Nick Mclogic. Why should I believe any health claims you make about your products after seeing this nonsense? Other web sites that do a good job of debunking homeopathy are Quackwatch, http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/homeo.html, and Science-Based Medicine, http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/category/homeopathy.
04/19/2012 1:33:12 AM CDT
Barry says ...
@J Messer Would you like to provide references for the "good research" on homeopathy? Which articles in respected, peer-reviewed journals are you talking about? The "quackbuster" web sites that I'm familiar with actually do use "a scientific mindset of looking for real evidence". That's their whole purpose. And when you use the scientific method to examine evidence, you often find that things that you thought were true don't stand up to scrutiny.
04/19/2012 3:31:47 PM CDT
HomeoJan says ...
No, homeopathy has not been disproven. It has sucessfully ben used since the 1800s, and it's success has only been squelched by big pharm and the AMA, would rather kill us with the side effects of their drugs for profit. They have always felt a real threat. If one finds the right rememdy one can see amazing success in babies, animals and plants as well (so much for the placebo effect they like to shove down your throat.) All remedies are proven. Now you mean science is so great, the one where each research tells you one thing, and then a couple of years later retracts the whole thing, and then a few years down the road retracts that? People always put down something they don't understand. Every successful homeopath has a client base of many cured cases, tradiational medicine couldn't cure. Who would go to Whole Foods if they didn't sell natural healing products. You can start here to learn more: http://nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/
04/19/2012 3:59:08 PM CDT
Barry says ...
@HomeoJan You claim that there is a conspiracy by "big pharm" and the AMA against homeopathy. Would you like to present the scientific, reproducible evidence that is being covered up? Scientific journals retract papers because they actually stand behind what they publish. Rather than just saying, "Our doctors have cured people; trust us," which is basically what you're saying about homeopaths, they present papers containing hard evidence and scientific reasoning. This allows other scientists and medical professionals to scrutinize the work and try to reproduce it. When a paper is shown to be invalid, it's withdrawn. This inspires confidence in the papers that have withstood the test of time. Since a homeopathic dilution is just water, I don't have to go to Whole Foods to buy this "natural healing product". I can just open my faucet.
04/19/2012 5:41:33 PM CDT
HomeoJan says ...
It's not just water. And life isn't only about having 100% physical evidence at every moment. Even in rigid science minds, who think science as presently practiced is the end all. If you really would like to learn more, there are plenty of places for you to check it out more thoroughly yourself. There is plenty of evidence out there and success stories. It doesn't folllow the same principals as conventional medicine so maybe you need to understand that first but you are on your own. I have work to do. Quackwatch, right? (-: Now that's a good source. And you want the truth, and not bias?
04/20/2012 9:57:08 AM CDT
Barry says ...
@HomeoJan Yes, it is basically just water. Homeopathic dilutions have so little, if anything, left of the substances being diluted that it might as well just be tap water. In fact, critics of homeopathy have staged "die-ins", where they overdose on homeopathic medicines, to show that there's nothing in them. Of course, scientists would change their minds if just one homeopath bothered to give good evidence for homeopathy, but for some strange reason, they - and you - don't. I guess that like you, they all have work to do ;-) "And life isn’t only about having 100% physical evidence at every moment." No, but when I'm sick, I'd rather go with people who give plausible explanations for what they do and use the scientific method. As opposed to people who would charge me money to give me placebos, when I might be in desperate need of real help. And yes, Quackwatch :-)
04/20/2012 10:53:08 PM CDT
Barry says ...
Regarding the homeopathic "die in", don't try this at home, as they say. The people in the "die in" first verify that no real, non-diluted substances are in the solutions. One way that some quacks make their products seem to work is to slip in something that will have a noticeable effect, such as, for example, a conventional allergy medicine.
04/20/2012 11:48:50 PM CDT
Simon says ...
Love this, man; anything holistic, in my mind, makes more sense than anything else.
04/23/2012 2:54:03 PM CDT
reny says ...
On spring I'm always searching for information about how to get rid of allergies. It was somewhat helpful, thank you.
05/16/2012 9:47:37 AM CDT
Walter Mitty says ...
Highly diluted homeopathic remedies are water. There are no side effects because it's water. Whole Foods supports fraudulent fake medicine.
12/08/2012 6:52:35 PM CST
Tanya West says ...
I have the worst allergies at times and allergy relief I use to dream for. I was glad I had access to a doctor when I needed it. Last fall I was on vacation, out in the middle of nowhere camping. My allergies were really bad. Eyes watery, sneezing and itchy throat. My vacation was over. But I was glad I could talk to a doctor right over they phone. MD247 called me in a prescription to a local pharmacy with in no time I was feeling great and could continue enjoying myself. www.md247.com
01/24/2013 2:21:10 PM CST
Tanner says ...
I just want to thank Whole Foods for what seems to be a reasonable way to deal with this product. I have never seen an organization which is selling a bogus product so willing to post comments disproving or contradicting the product like I see here. Obviously those of us who know much about homeopathy realize that there is absolutely no truth behind their claims aside from the no side effects. I also know how intractable people can be in their beliefs against all reason at times. My guess (and I could be totally wrong on this) is that a company like whole foods would have a hard time denying costumers a product which their patronage is probably asking for. Especially when there are no real side effects. There is some danger possibly in delaying real treatment I realize but at least it seems that Whole Foods is letting the voice of reason have a say here in the comments if nothing else. My point being I hope everyone realizes homeopathy is utter nonsense, but till then at least let reason be heard.
07/18/2013 11:27:55 PM CDT
Valerie says ...
I do use homeopathic remedies, and it does work. Pharmaceuticals are based on homeopathic remedies, the product is just fancied up. Let's use one of the most basic pharmaceutical drugs: aspirin. It's made from willow bark, a homeopathic remedy. The only difference is they don't sell you will bark. They boil it down and put it in a convenient tablet for you. And for all you nay-sayers, you need to start reading more. Pharmaceutical companies are researching homeopathic remedies more and more -reaching back to nature so to speak, because they are realizing that remedies and cures for a great many illnesses lie there. Step out of the dark ages and START READING THE NEWS.
08/13/2013 8:35:19 AM CDT
Kyuss says ...
Homeopathy is a fraudulent joke. Do you homeopaths actually know what a 30c dilution is?
02/28/2014 10:36:45 PM CST
P.R. says ...
WF should be ashamed of itself for selling these homeopathic products in its stores. What next, will they start selling tea leaves that aren't for drinking but for reading the future? Maybe some "magic" crystals while they're at it. Of course, some will claim that homeopathy works. It doesn't. This is not a matter of opinion. If you're going to sell placebos, fine, but at least label them properly as containing no actual medicine, no actual medicinal powers and that all effects are purely psychosomatic.
05/27/2014 9:56:34 AM CDT
Jonathan M says ...
Whole Foods should take responsibility for removing homeopathic products from its stores.
06/06/2014 5:59:22 PM CDT
Mir Ali says ...
Any Homeopathic medication for allergies in North TX? Thanks
08/20/2014 10:30:13 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MIR - Our exact product options differ between stores. Check with your local store to see what they have in stock!
08/21/2014 3:46:58 PM CDT
Lena Brooks says ...
Need throat losengues. Heard of one for the voice---Slippery Elm. Do you have it? or something like it.
09/09/2014 3:41:17 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LENA - Our exact product options differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they have this in stock.
09/09/2014 11:21:09 AM CDT
Homeo-R says ...
I have personal family history with homeopathy and know how effective it is. When I was a child and had tonsillitis, I was scheduled for surgery after the holidays. On vacation my symptoms worsened. I was taken to many doctors and then my grandparents in India, suggested to my parents to just take me to our family homeopath. It's important to mention that including my mom, and grandmother, we have a lot more doctors in the family. Within weeks my tonsillitis was cleared my surgery was cancelled. Similarly, my mother had a bone growth on her foot which was incredibly painful for her. Again, she was told surgery was the only option but after a couple months of homeopathy, the bone growth cleared and the doctor stunned jokingly told my mom that she'll shut his practice! Now these are tangible, visible improvements. We have relied on homeopathy for many treatments throughout our lives and my siblings and I grew up in perfect health. You have to look at types of treatment options, understand that all medicines are composed by chemicals and understand the risks or any treatment. You also have to be aware that not all doctors are the same like any field of medicine. You'll come across brilliant homeopaths and some not so great ones. The science of homeopathy is very involved, unless you know the medication you are supposed to take, it's not as simple as looking at your symptoms and picking medication. It's bizarre to me that in my home country, homeopath is dismissed so easily. I have lived in 6 other countries where all forms are treatments are respected and understood. That being said, everyone who considers homeopath should really consider first consulting a homeopath doctor. Homeopath is really not for self-helpers. It's unfortunate that whole foods takes the heat for this. People should be responsible for their own health choices, not a store. I hope whole foods starts offering more homeopath. I would trust their "dilution." --people, vaccinate your children!---
02/06/2015 2:57:11 PM CST