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Allergies: Complementary/Alternative Treatments

If your child has severe allergies, you may be tempted to try anything. That includes alternative or complementary treatments like herbal supplements or acupuncture. But there’s no definitive evidence that these methods can relieve allergies. Although some studies show that certain herbs may be helpful, these supplements are not tested or regulated by the FDA, so you never know what’s in the bottle you’re buying. Herbal formulas can also cause side effects and may even trigger an allergic reaction or anaphylaxis.   

There are some healing approaches that can help tame the stress and anxiety that often accompany a chronic condition. Massage, relaxation, and yoga may make your child feel better while he gets established treatments. But don’t substitute them for medical care. If you decide to try an alternative approach, consult the doctor first.