A while back, I wrote about surviving food allergies in India. Unfortunately, that is just one of the allergies I am afflicted with. Among the laundry list (metal/nickel, wool, glycerin), the most debilitating one is the allergy to drugs (fever medications, painkillers, antibiotics, local anesthesia, muscle sprays, you name it). Hell, I am even allergic to antihistamines (anti-allergy drugs). The last time I took a homeopathic medication, I was on a liquid diet for three weeks.
Over the past decade, I have come to accept my allergies and found alternatives to most medicines that have helped me live a fuller life. Contrary to popular opinion, allergies are not always a result of packaged foods or an unhealthy lifestyle. Some of us struggle with an auto-immune disease or our white blood cells are just overzealous. Through this series, I am trying to bring awareness to a condition that is considered more of a fad.
A disclaimer. These are the natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals I use since I do not have an option. Please do not try them without consulting a physician first. They might counteract with your current medication. And if you are able to take that painkiller, please do. You don’t know how lucky you are. A balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are a given.
Hail holy basil or tulsi as we call it. If not for the herb, I probably would not have survived. It is excellent for fever and infections. Taking a daily dose of tulsi infusion has increased my immunity as well and I don’t react as bad to a few allergens as I did earlier.
Another wonder herb, the benefits of turmeric are all well known. I use the turmeric root that is readily available. I primarily use it for fever since it can get quite messy. It also works well in reducing inflammation and joint aches.
Sometimes infections get out of hand and it is time to call the big guns. With its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, garlic works well as an ointment. It is a royal pain but does the job.Drug Allergies can be Debilitating. Living With Allergies – Natural Alternatives To Pharmaceuticals That I Swear By. #BohoPonderings #MyFriendAlexa Click To Tweet
Amla is my go-to for a migraine attack. An effective painkiller, it also provides me relief from those torturous backaches.
I suffered a disc prolapse over two decades back. As anyone suffering from it would know, the condition results in damaged nerves and doctors prescribe Vitamin B12. I am allergic to the vitamin, and I have a bowl of sprouts daily to keep the numbness away. It is also extremely effective in the case of acid reflux.
Tamarind is an excellent source of B-complex for me. I can actually feel the numbness reduce after a few pods.
Meditation deserves a special mention here. Due to the emotional state of losing my father, my blood pressure shot through the roof. The doctor prescribed medication and I had an anaphylactic shock to it. I could experiment with other drugs but I did not want to put my mother through the wringer. I turned to meditation and it has worked as manna. Meditation has also helped me manage pain. Sound therapy actually works.
So there you have it. Allergies can be debilitating but a bit of research goes a long way. If you suffer a drug allergy or know someone who does, do share this post with them. If it is able to help at least one individual struggling with a drug allergy, the purpose of the post would be solved.
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