When most people think of allergies they think of itchy eyes or sinus congestion. But did you know that allergies can also cause your brain to be overstimulated leading to insomnia, anxiety or stress?
Histamines, which are typically responsible for allergy symptoms, are also stimulatory neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Our bodies naturally have histamine circulating but when a foreign substance such as a toxin or insect bite is introduced the body may produce large amounts of histamine. Histamine is an important neurotransmitter but when it increases other neurotransmitters may be affected. With an increase of histamine the body produces epinephrine (adrenaline) to help lower histamine. This extra epinephrine may lead to anxiety or insomnia and over time adrenal fatigue.
Classical anti-histamine medicines cause drowsiness as they are blocking the influx of histamines. Long term use of allergy medications also comes with potential side effects such as fatigue. Histamine is not only involved in immune responses, but it also helps control energy levels, motivation, and the sleep-wake cycle.
So what can you do for allergies?
Since an allergy is an inappropriate response by the immune system to a substance that normally would not be harmful, the underlying cause needs to be addressed. Possible causes may be stress (physical, mental, emotional), poor diet, digestive issues, candida, parasites, lack of sleep, imbalance in gut flora, vitamin deficiencies, or toxic exposure. Any of these may put the immune system into overdrive.
From an Oriental Medicine principle an allergy can also be caused by a blockage or imbalance in the energy flow of the body. NAET® (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique) is a gentle, non-invasive allergy treatment that uses a combination of Eastern acupressure techniques and has been show to alleviate allergies. A clinical trial using this gentle, acupressure treatment was shown to help insomnia. Read the abstract.
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