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  1. Homoeopathy and you

    Food-allergy can be life-threatening

    By Dr. Vikas Sharma The Tribune Wednesday, March 10, 2004

    Food intolerance

    Food sensitivity or intolerance can be treated by
    homoeopathic medicines that are specific to that particular
    problem. For example, homoeopathic medicine Silicea for milk
    intolerance in infants, when even the mother's milk
    disagrees, or Zingiber for diarrhoea that sets in after
    eating melons or Antim crudum for headache that comes after
    eating fruits.

    Food allergies

    Homoeopathic treatment of food allergies can be very
    beneficial as it treats food allergies by optimising the
    overcharged immune system. Though the treatment may require
    a more serious approach, most of the allergies can be
    treated with homoeopathy. Homeopathy views food allergies as
    an expression of a disturbance in the patient's healing
    system. Food allergies are not a disease to be cured in
    themselves, but a reflection of an underlying imbalance.

    Ever heard of someone developing a life-threatening allergic
    reaction from a tiny part of a peanut? Ever heard of someone
    having an asthma attack just after taking a spoon of cooked
    mushrooms? Or severe attack of migraine triggered by black
    pepper. These may sound strange, but are true! These are
    intriguing for the medical world too as some important
    questions remain unanswered. Why some of us suddenly develop
    a strong allergy to a food substance that we have been
    eating so often? And why do they start so suddenly in life?

    Many people think the terms ''food allergy'' and ''food
    intolerance'' mean the same thing, but they do not. Food
    intolerance is an adverse food-induced reaction that does
    not involve the immune system. Lactose intolerance is one
    example of food intolerance. A person with lactose
    intolerance lacks an enzyme that is needed to digest milk
    sugar. When the person eats milk products, symptoms such as
    gas, bloating and abdominal pain may occur.

    Although an individual may be allergic to any food, such as
    fruits, vegetables and meats, these are not as common as the
    following eight foods which account for 90 per cent of all
    food-allergic reactions: Milk, egg, peanut, tree nut
    (walnut, cashew, etc.), fish, shellfish, soya and wheat.

    The symptoms that the allergic individual produces are
    individual in nature. They can range from a mild asthmatic
    attack to a severe life threatening allergic response
    (anaphylaxis). The complex process of digestion also affects
    the timing and the location of a reaction. If people are
    allergic to a particular food, for example, they may first
    experience itching in the mouth as they start to eat the
    food. After the food is digested in the stomach, abdominal
    symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea or pain may start. When
    the food allergens enter and travel through the bloodstream,
    they can cause a drop in blood pressure. As the allergens
    reach the skin, they can induce hives or eczema, or when
    they reach the lungs, they may cause asthma. All of this
    takes place within a few minutes to an hour.
    - The writer is a Chandigarh-based homoeopath

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