The National Institute of Health (NIH) has some information on the different types of allergies (skin, injection, ingestion, inhalation) along with some recommended treatments. This is a good resource of where to begin because it identifies different options and paths to explore, depending on what type of problem you may be having.
Acupuncture is another option, especially if you want to stay away from drugs and medication. Many people do receive relief from allergies through acupuncture treatments. There was a study in the "Annals of Internal Medicine" where 422 people who tested for pollen allergies were treated with acupuncture and antihistamines. Some were given just acupuncture, some just antihistamines, and some treated with both. Those who had acupuncture combined with their antihistamine treatments were the most improved. You can read more at Time Health and Family.
For those who are interested in a pure "self help" modality, another option is massaging certain acupuncture points which are associated in providing allergy symptom relief. In this article from "Acupressure Points, The Blog of Michael Reed Gach, PhD" you can see if massaging certain points on your body will help you get allergy relief.
Many people use herbs to help them get through allergy season as well as cope with their allergic responses.
In an article titled "Allergy Relief with Herbal Remedies" there are many suggestions on what herbs you can try to see what works best based on the symptoms you are having.
- These are the herbs this article recommends using to help you with allergy symptoms:
- Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) - Used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.
- Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) - Reduces congestion and secretions. It is good for itchy eyes, sneezing, and excess mucus.
- Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) - Helps reduce allergic, inflammatory, and histaminic reactions and supports liver function.
- Red clover (Trifolium pratense) – Helps build the body’s resistance to allergies.
- Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) - Used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) - Reduces congestion and secretions.
Foods are often the first course to help prevent many health problems, so it makes sense there are recommended foods to help with allergies. Most nutritionists will recommend not eating dairy, reducing or removing gluten from your diet, as well as eating a moderately low fat, high complex carbohydrates (more greens). They often will also usually recommend drinking more water, too,
Qigong is a tool that may also help you with allergies, just because it is a great way to nourish your organs with vital energy and keep you Qi flowing. Doing Qigong exercises that focus on the lungs and kidneys may also help boost your ability to deal with allergies.