Two common types of allergies are food allergies and respiratory allergies, or hayfever. The most common food allergies are to wheat products, dairy products (especially pasteurized cow’s milk), nightshade family foods (eggplant, tomatoes), eggs, and certain meats.
Treatment Plan for Allergies
An herbal program for food allergies would include digestive-strengthening herbs, the herbal enzyme herbs, and liver cooling herbs. Herbalists often recommend an exclusion diet, removing the suspected food from the diet for 3 weeks, to check for individual sensitivity.
Hay fever or respiratory allergies often have food allergies as a root factor. Thus the first treatment of them should be with digestive herbs and formulas. In addition, anti-inflammatory herbs that specifically focus on the upper respiratory tract are often useful, or that have mild decongestant effects. Herbal "antihistamines" that help reduce the impact of immune overreaction to pollen and other allergens are often added to the herbal program.