Allergic disorders are a group of diseases produced by the immune system overreacting to normally innocuous and harmless substances. These substances are referred to as allergens, and they can be found in a variety of places, including food, drugs, and the environment. Allergic disorders are a common health problem that impacts millions of individuals around the globe, and their prevalence is showing an upward trend.
- Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, are caused by allergens that are more common at certain periods of the year, such as pollen, grass, and mold.
- Food allergies occur when the immune system incorrectly recognizes a specific food as dangerous and releases molecules to fight it, resulting in a miscellany of symptoms such as hives, swelling, and digestive problems.
- Drug allergies which may be developed by some people when taking certain medications, resulting in symptoms varying from a mild rash to a possibly fatal response.
Depending on the type of allergy and the intensity of the response, the signs and symptoms of allergic diseases differ. Among the most common signs and symptoms are:
- A congested or runny nose
- Watery, itchy eyes
- Rashes or hives
- Having trouble inhaling
- Pain in the abdomen
- Vomiting and nausea
- Anaphylactic shock. (Anaphylaxis is a rare, severe and life-threatening allergic response that can result in trouble breathing, a drop in blood pressure, and loss of consciousness.)
Allergic diseases are a major public health concern that affects people of all ages and races. Each year, it is believed that up to 50 million individuals in the United States struggle with allergies. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the frequency of allergic diseases is growing worldwide, with seasonal allergies affecting up to 30% of the world’s population and food allergies affecting up to 10%.
It is estimated that up to 30% of the population in Europe and the Middle East suffers from an allergic disorder. Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, impact up to 20% of the population in Europe and the Middle East, with metropolitan populations being more affected. It is believed that up to 30% of the population in the Gulf nations suffers from seasonal allergies. Food allergies are also common, with an estimated 6-8% of children and 3-4% of people in Europe and the Middle East suffering from them.
Allergic disorders can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, interfering with everyday activities, sleep, and work. They can also cause severe problems like asthma and anaphylaxis.
The allergic patient does not have the capacity to mount an adequate neuroendocrine response to the aggressor. To counter this, the immune system must maintain a heightened level of vigilance towards the aggressors, which are “the allergens”. The more insufficient the function of the endocrine system is, the higher the response of the autonomic nervous system, in particular the alpha-sympathetic, leading to an increased histamine production.
Endobiogenic medicine offers a holistic approach to treating allergic disorders. It seeks to restore balance to the body’s internal environment, treating the root cause of the allergy rather than just the symptoms. Endobiogenic medicine practitioners use a variety of tools to help patients control their allergies, by monitoring both the cortisol and histamine activities of the organism.
Endobiogenic medicine methods for treating allergic conditions include:
- Supporting the liver and digestive system in order to improve detoxification and allergen elimination.
- Supporting the adrenal glands in their cortisol activity.
- Diminishing the stress to reduce histamine.
- Using herbs and vitamins to balance the immune system and prevent over-reactivity to allergens.
- Improving diet and digestive health in order to decrease inflammation and boost immune function.
- Acupuncture and other treatments are also used to treat allergy symptoms and enhance general health and well-being.
Overall, endobiogenic medicine can be a valuable addition to the traditional allergy treatment approaches, assisting people in better managing their symptoms while fostering overall health and well-being.
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