The Path To Allergy Freedom is one of many steps.
Reducing your exposure to allergens and toxins, implementing therapeutic diets, and restoring barrier functions are major leaps toward health.
Nevertheless, you may still be sensitized to allergens despite rigorous application of these therapies.
Many allergy and sensitivity patients will find that they require desensitization treatments to experience complete and possibly permanent remission of their symptoms.
Desensitization is accomplished by the conventional allergist by convincing the immune system to quit attacking the offending substance (immunotherapy).
This happens by administration of a progressively higher dose of the antigen via injections or sublingual drops, until the patient stops reacting. Unfortunately, this system has about a 40% rate of non-responders to the treatment.
The treatment is costly, may have to be continued for three to five years, and results in approximately 20 deaths each year in the United States.
Some alternative forms of desensitization, such as Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) and Natural Elimination of Allergy Therapy (NEAT), convince the brain instead of the immune system to stop attacking the offending substances.
This is accomplished on an energetic level by balancing the energy of the system while the allergens are disturbing the electromagnetic circuit of the body.
Other alternative therapies, such as homeopathic antigens and autoimmune urine therapy are based upon homeopath main principle of “like cures like,” meaning that a substance that causes particular symptoms in large doses can cure those symptoms when given in small doses.
In the treatment of allergies, minute levels of the suspected allergy-provoking substance are given to bolster the body’s tolerance of the allergen. When treating allergy and sensitivity, the body’s immune response can be modulated through therapies drawing upon these homeopathic principles.
Immunotherapy or allergy shots
Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, requires that patients receive injections containing extracts (minute amounts) of the allergy-inducing substance. The shots may be given as often as daily in the beginning of the program, decreasing to once or twice a month.
With each shot, the allergen is administered in progressively stronger doses until reaching the “maintenance level,” the point at which the allergen is “neutralized”—that is, it no longer provokes an allergic reaction.
It can take between one and fife years to reach this level.
In some cases, sublingual drops of allergen extracts are used instead of subdermal injections.
Exactly how immunotherapy desensitizes an individual is presently unknown. It’s theorized that immunotherapy somehow reorients the profile of T cells that trigger allergic reactions.
Supporting this claim are reports that conventional immunotherapy diminishes the activity of eosinophils upon allergen challenge and reduces the amount of histamine released from mast cells and basophils.
Immunoglobulin E production is also decreased following allergy shots.’ Research has also shown that immunotherapy improves the integrity of nasal mucosa, reduces nasal inflammation, and reduces mast cell accumulation in nasal mucosa!