Adults and children are experiencing increased sensitivity to nearly every imaginable substance from food to animals, dust, water, sunlight, environmental pollutants, chemicals, and more. As spring and warmer weather approach, with new growth of plants and grasses, many people suffer with allergies and hay fever. This is especially true from spring through fall, but can occur anytime of year, especially in warm climates.

We’re exposed to more than 60,000 different chemicals that accumulate in the body’s tissues and organs, weakening immunity and organ health. Pollen, molds, foods, chemicals, etc. are external sources of the problem. The root of allergies is organ disharmonies. Allergies represent poor immunity and a major malfunction in the antigen-deactivating capacity of the liver. The primary organ affected are the Lungs. When the Qi (energy) of the lung is deficient its function is impaired and immunity is weakened. When external pathogens attack the already weakened Lungs and immune system, the result is often allergies, sinusitis, and asthma.

Symptoms from allergic reactions range from frequent colds, hay fever, sore throats, itchy eyes, mucus problems, irritability, malaise, fatigue, depression, skin diseases, insomnia, headache, and digestive disturbances. Candida overgrowth is also implicated in extensive allergies.

Allergic reactions to foods are your body’s way of telling you that certain foods are not appropriate. Reactions to highly refined, denatured and chemical foods and otherwise imbalanced foods are helpful since you know those foods are compromising your health. You now have no choice but to avoid them.

Allergic reactions can also occur from wholesome foods such as soy, some grains, and other unprocessed foods. Reactions to certain foods are often not real allergies, but reactions to poor food combinations or many types of digestive problems. Please seek professional guidance on proper foods and combining for your specific health condition. Many people with allergies have complex problems that are best addressed with the help of a qualified practitioner.



A congested liver is often a significant pathogenic influence in allergy conditions. Stagnant liver energy and liver heat suppress the digestive and assimilative functions which, in turn, inhibit the circulating functions of the Lung. Digestive weakness leads to dampness and phlegm in the stomach, throat and chest. Treatment should include foods and herbs that tonify digestion and decongest the lung and liver. Join my Spring Health TeleSeminar to learn how your liver influences many aspects of your body, mind and emotions.

Chronic asthma is a common pattern along with allergies and sinusitis. In this case there is deficiency of lung and kidney that must be addressed to reverse the symptoms and strengthen the health of these organs. These are issues too complex to be fully addressed in this article.  Click here for personalized guidance.

Psychologically, the symptoms of allergies may be related to feelings of isolation, separation, and an inability to accept the world as it is. Releasing emotional attachments is vital to lung health. Long held grief and sorrow congest the lungs. When they are identified, expressed and transformed, repression is cleared. Appropriate diet can assist in clearing grief along with Attitudinal Healing counseling or psychotherapy. It’s helpful to work toward fewer feelings of separation. Meditation practices can help one gain a sense of unity and wholeness.


Remedies that Heal Not Harm

Many allergy sufferers are finding that prescription and non-prescription drugs not only cause uncomfortable side effects, but also lose their effectiveness in time. They do not heal the cause of the problem. The following remedies are safe and effective.

Natural antihistamines suppress the production of histamines and can reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies. Vitamin C and bioflavonoids are immune-enhancing antioxidants that provide natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatory effects.   Bioflavonoids stabilize cell membranes so histamines aren’t easily released. They are found in berries of all kinds, some herbs, spices and citrus fruits.

Xanthium is an herb well known to modern research and Xanthium Relieve Surface is an excellent formula. It opens nasal passages, expels dampness (mucus) and other symptoms. This formula combines Xanthium with other herbs to increase its effectiveness without the side effects that are found in Western medications. For best results take with Astra C, one of the best products for strengthening immunity.

Astra C  treats chronic rhinitis and allergic rhinitis; enhances the body’s protective power, or Wei Qi; strengthens resistance; dispels dampness. Also treats burns and helps prevent colds and flu.

Supplement with algae, chlorella, spirulina, or cereal grasses. These help clear and heal allergies because of their immune-enhancing, anti-inflammatory properties, and their abundance of omega-3 and GLA fatty acids. To learn how to determine which of these high chlorophyll products are best for you contact me for a complimentary 15-minute phone consult.

Grape Seed Extract is high in antioxidants. Quercetin is a potent flavonoid and is found in apples, berries, grapefruit, onions and cabbage family vegetables. Quercetin is also available as a supplement. A quality formula is called Quercenol. Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant with immune-boosting properties that enhances the effects of anti-allergy supplements. Quercenol is more effective than coenzyme Q10.

EPAQ Omega 3 Krill Fish Oil is another safe, effective product. It is useful for its anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in Omega 3s. It does not cause burping, reflux or indigestion as regular fish oil does.

Some research shows that milk thistle may inhibit the release of histamines. This potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb, known as an herb for liver health, contains flavonoids that protect cells by neutralizing the effects of free radicals.

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help normalize immune function and minimize allergic responses. Many probiotics do not survive stomach acid and these do. Be sure to buy the wheat and dairy-free versions. Spore based probiotics are very therapeutic. Contact me for information on best one.

Stinging nettle contains anti-inflammatory substances and flavonoids, vitamins and minerals and studies report significant reduction in hay fever symptoms with nettle leaf.

Acupuncture and shiatsu stimulate circulation of blood and energy to support immune function and organ health. Significant improvement has been seen with these two modalities. Click here for shiatsu information.

Irrigate sinuses with a saline solution or use a neti pot with warm sea salt water. This removes pollen from the nasal mucosa, where it generates an allergic response. Or use XLEAR Nasal Spray,


Foods That Harm

There are significant studies to support that cow’s milk products cause allergies, asthma, and sinusitis. Cysts, tumors, skin diseases, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease are also linked to Nature’s Perfect Food. I’ve had countless clients improve every aspect of their health by eliminating cow’s milk products.

Removing cow’s products from the diet has been shown to shrink enlarged tonsils and adenoids, and many physicians report a reduction in asthma flare-ups, colds, flus, allergies, and sinus, throat and ear infections with diets free if all cow’s milk products.

All cow’s milk products are tremendous mucus producers and a burden to the respiratory, digestive, and immune systems. Hormones in dairy have been linked to cysts, tumors, PMS, and menopause systems as well.

In addition, today’s cows are fed hormones, steroids, and antibiotics which you ingest when you eat the animals and their by-products. Even moderate amounts of antibiotics in animal food result in antibiotic resistance in human beings. According to an August 1992 report in Science, “Doctors around the world are losing the battle against an onslaught of new drug-resistant bacterial infections.”

Avoid foods that inflame symptoms. Red meat and dairy products influence allergies by setting the stage for inflammation. Refined foods, white flour and sugar weaken immunity and worsen inflammation. Avoid spicy and greasy food, alcohol and sugar to reduce symptoms and improve health.

Constant use of sweeteners, including artificial sweeteners, makes people allergic.


Foods that Heal

A DIET high in omega-3 fatty acids which is abundant in some fish, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts and whole grains, can benefit those who suffer with allergies, hayfever, and asthma. Pungent foods help clear mucus. They include onions, garlic, turnip, ginger, cabbage, horseradish, radish, daikon, and seaweed. Use basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill and bay leaf. Try my Colorful Cabbage Slaw. It’s tasty and healing!

Homemade pickles contain enzymes and beneficial bacteria and are inexpensive and easy to make. Eat a small portion daily with a meal.

The rich beta-carotene content of golden-orange and chlorophyll-rich dark green vegetables help protect lungs and immunity. Include carrot, winter squash, broccoli, and parsley regularly.

Chlorophyll-rich foods include vegetables such as kale, boy choy, collard greens, watercress, mustard greens and dandelion greens.

High fiber foods cleanse the colon and lungs and whole grains are the best source, including brown rice, barley, quinoa and millet. Click here for some recipes.

Green tea contains flavonoids called catechins and prevents cell receptors from triggering an allergic response. Drink several cups a day.

Peppermint tea helps to break up congestion thereby relieving nasal symptoms. Garlic is rich in flavonoids and can reduce mucus and congestion. Thyme can loosen phlegm and calm a cough.


Unless fundamental changes are made in your diet and lifestyle that rebuild the strength of the organs, and support the health of the “whole” person, natural remedies will become another symptomatic treatment used to manage a crisis. All problems are urging you to make important new choices that will give you even greater health than you have imagined.


Client Testimonial 

“For decades I have been suffering with allergies. I cough and wheeze and sniffle constantly-so much that I become dysfunctional. Pollen, smog, smoke and foods all cause these symptoms. It has even gotten to the point that when I exercise or even go outside in humidity the symptoms worsen. This has greatly affected my lifestyle. I can’t go out dancing with my friends, or exercise (which I enjoy) and have had to avoid many situations that I enjoy. I have taken so many medications, including inhalers, that I’ve lost track. On top of that I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and have had extremely heavy periods with a lot of pain.

After working with you over a six-month period things have changed drastically. I no longer have any of the IBS symptoms, and my periods have become more normal with no pain. I believe it has been the combination of foods and herbs that has gradually rebuilt my system to the point where I can go out dancing, be outdoors, exercise and just enjoy my life a whole lot more without symptoms or medications. The stress reduction techniques you taught me are something that I will always use, and I feel the shiatsu therapy enhanced the reversal of every symptom I was experiencing. Thank you!” Susan L. Pittsburgh


There are many popular food plans and no lack of internet advice from thousands of people who lack an understanding of food therapeutics and have little or no professional training. Good marketing sells fads to people who are desperately trying to recover good health and lose weight. Current scientific findings often contradict previous findings by the same experts. A perfect diet that will bring everyone good health does not exist and accepting this fact is a good starting point for achieving balanced health.

Consider some professional guidance for the right nutrition and customized holistic health plan for reversing allergies and removing the degenerations that cause them. You can greatly improve every aspect of your physical, mental and emotional health with a customized holistic approach. Schedule a  Holistic Health and Nutrition session with Deborah Barr, 35-year Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor. You’ll be on your way to better health. Sessions can be done by phone, zoom, Skype, or at Pittsburgh office.

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