Say So Long to Allergy Shots
Develop an allergy, and you generally have two options. Either you can strictly avoid the allergen, or you can undergo immunotherapy - commonly known as infamous "allergy shots"- where minute amounts of an allergen are injected into the body in order to build up the immune system's tolerance.
Considering their lack of options, many people are looking for alternative ways to treat their allergies and many are finding what they seek in the form of two alternative, non-invasive allergy treatments known as sublingual therapy and Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET).
What is sublingual treatment?
The antigens used in sublingual therapy are allergen extracts that stimulate antibody production. These same substances are used in traditional allergy injections. Both allergy shots and sublingual drops are designed to increase tolerance to the allergen by exposing the patient to small, escalating doses of the offending substance over a 2 to 5-year period.
Allergy shots are successful in treating inhalant allergies, like hay fever. However, the treatment is not safe when it comes to food and chemical allergies. Instead, traditional allergists and doctors advise avoidance and prescribe antihistamines to manage allergic symptoms. Sublingual treatment, on the other hand, is effective for treating all types of allergies.
Proponents of sublingual therapy argue that it's far more convenient, less expensive and safer than allergy shots.
Patients can administer the drops in the comfort of their homes instead of having to visit a doctor's office every week for a shot.
What about NAET?
Developed in 1983 by Devi Nambudripad, an acupuncturist, chiropractor and registered nurse in southern California, NAET (or the Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique) uses acupressure to eliminate allergies. The treatment is based on the theory that when energy is allowed to flow freely along the meridians, no allergic reactions will occur.
Allergies arise when blockages prevent the movement of vital energy to the body's organs. Blockages occur because the individual's immune system responds to normally harmless substances as if they were a threat. When NAET is performed, the blockages are released and the body is reprogrammed so that it will no longer react to the substance as if it posed a threat. The patient can then use, or come in contact with, the allergen without suffering further allergic reactions.
Source: Sully's Living Without Magazine