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

Advertiser Links for Allergy Relief [what's this?]

Search for allergy products

Allergy NewsTylenol AllergyAllergies and MoldAllergies to AlcoholProbiotics for Allergy PreventionVitamin D and AsthmaPeanut Allergies MisdiagnosedMouth Breathing RisksArchivesManaging Seasonal Allergies NaturallyClean Air in the CarThe Stress of Food AllergiesAntibiotics and Childhood AsthmaOptions for Allergy TestingSurvive Seasonal AllergiesGreen and Allergy-Free CleanSpring Allergies and Outdoor FunHay Fever and Work ProductivityTips for Seasonal Allergy SufferersCan Oral Therapy Cure Hayfever?Allergy Relief for Ragweed SeasonAsthma and Air QualityAsthma Friendly PillowAllergy Prevention for your BabyBetter Asthma ControlSurviving Winter AllergiesAsthma Misdiagnosed in the OverweightGet Rid of MitesInsect Stings Can be DeadlyPseudoephedrine Harder to FindA New Way to Test for Food AllergiesAcupressure for AllergiesAllergy Drops Instead of ShotsAvoiding an Asthma Attack Oral Allergy Syndrome Prevent Allergies with a PillSecondhand Smoke and Allergies Allergy Shots in the NewsAsthma and ChildbirthDusty House - Healthy ChildNasty Bed BugsPets and Their AllergiesSniffle-Free KittyAntibiotics & AllergiesAntihistamines & CancerHerbal Relief for AllergiesManaging AsthmaSneezy Days AheadSpring CleaningStubborn CoughUnwelcome ReturnWar on MethLifesaving DrugsColds vs AllergiesRagweed and Seasonal AllergiesThe Shape of Allergenic Proteins Allergy Shot AlternativesFood Allergy Prevention in InfantsMold AllergiesAre You Allergic to Cats?Dogs & Allergies: Myth & RealityChinese Medicine for Peanut AllergiesWhat is Well Controlled Asthma?Beating the Pollen BluesSurgery for Asthma Obese Children Risk AllergiesPollens and Intestinal ProblemsChildren's Peanut AllergiesPremature Babies and AsthmaSmallpox Vaccine RisksAllergy Product ReviewsAir FiltersAir PurifiersAsthma Respiratory CareCarpet CleaningCleaning ProductsDehumidifiersDust MitesFood AllergiesHayfeverHumidifiersMoldPersonal Care for AllergiesPet Allergy ProductsSinus ProblemsSkin AllergiesVacuum CleanersAllergy Relief ProductsGlossary FAQ