Holistic Therapy and the Allergy Triangle
As a holistic therapist I’ve been aware for many years that there is a link between allergies, skin rashes and asthma. Because holistic therapists look closely into a patient’s history, and pay attention to all their symptoms, we are more likely to spot connections than conventional medics. So it was no surprise to me when scientists claimed to have found a link between these medical conditions. They call this link the atopic triad, or allergy triangle.
Children who suffer from skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis often go on to develop allergies and/or asthma. In fact, studies show that around 70% of children with severe atopic dermatitis will eventually develop asthma. I have also found that adults who develop eczema or psoriasis often have allergies that have been treated with conventional medicine.
Mast Cells – The Root of the Problem?
Mast cells are part of our immune systems. When a person first comes in contact with an allergen (a substance to which they are over-sensitive) they produce antibodies to fight against the allergen. These antibodies attach themselves to mast cells. After this, whenever the person comes into contact with the same allergen, the mast cells will produce chemicals such as histamines. This will cause inflammation and the typical symptoms of an allergic reaction. Research at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has shown that mast cells can be a factor in the development of eczema and psoriasis (source Science Daily, September 8, 2006 ).
Homeopathy Treatment- The Holistic Approach
Asthma and allergic diseases such as hay fever or rhinitis show that the body is trying to remove toxic substances through the nose or eyes. Eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis are signs that the body is trying to get rid of toxins through the skin. Conventional treatments can ease the symptoms and this is vitally important in severe attacks of asthma or life-threatening allergic reactions. But because they stop the body from getting rid of the toxic substance or allergen, they are working against the body’s natural defences. Holistic treatments such as homeopathy work with the body. They support its natural cleansing methods and help to remove the toxins more quickly and thoroughly.