Autologous blood-therapy for allergies and hay-fever
Autologous blood therapy is a form of stimulation therapy that has proven particularly effective for allergies and hay fever. By injecting the patient with a small amount of his or her own blood, the therapist exerts a stimulus to which the body reacts with an immune response. For this reason, treatment with the patient's own blood is particularly often used to retune diseases in which the immune system is involved. In addition to allergies and hay fever, these also include acute and recurring infections, immune deficiency and rheumatism.
Increasing problems with allergies such as hay fever and asthma
In industrialised countries like Germany, about a quarter of the population suffers from allergic rhinitis. Genetic disposition plays a major role. Added to this are pollutants in the air, which are increasing more and more and favour allergies. In most cases, the symptoms first appear before the age of 20.
In some cases, allergic asthma develops in addition to hay fever after a few years. Over time, the allergy can also spread to certain foods (so-called cross-allergy).
Hay fever - overreaction to harmless pollen
Many people get hay fever as soon as the trees and plants blossom in spring. People with allergic asthma also have more frequent asthma attacks than usual. For all of them, plant pollen in the air triggers an allergic reaction in the upper airways. Hay fever is also called allergic rhinitis or allergic rhinitis. The symptoms are caused by an overreaction of the immune system to substances that are actually harmless, such as proteins from plant pollen. Such substances are called allergens.
Type I allergies (immediate type), which include hay fever, are mediated by class E immunoglobulins (IgE). These antibodies bind to high-affinity IgE receptors, which are found on the so-called mast cells, among others. The allergen can then bind to the mast cells via the receptor-antibody complex and activate them. This leads to the release of histamine and other messenger substances (cytokines) as well as substances that promote inflammation, which play an important role in allergic reactions. These then trigger the allergic symptoms such as sneezing or itching.
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Common conventional medical treatments for allergies and hay fever
The symptoms of allergies can be treated with antihistamines or cortisone. However, prolonged treatment often leads to side effects (e.g. water retention). If the allergen is known, hyposensitisation can be considered. This specific immunotherapy treats allergies to a few selected allergens, such as pollen from certain trees or grasses, in a long-term therapy (3-5 years). Repeated administration of an allergen in an extremely low dose, which does not cause an allergic reaction, should lead to habituation to the allergen in order to stop the immune system's excessive reaction to the allergen in the long term. Experience has shown that hyposensitisation has its limits when the allergen is unknown or when many different allergies are present.
Autohaemotherapy for the treatment of allergies and hay fever
The effect of autohaemotherapy is based on the homeopathic principle of healing like with like. The origin of autoblood therapy lies in experiments conducted by the English doctor William Highmore in 1874 and by Novotny in 1912. The Swedish doctors Elfstrom and Grafstrom, who lived in the USA, are regarded as the founders of autoblood therapy. In 1898, they administered autoblood to their patients suffering from severe infections for the first time. The Berlin surgeon August Bier helped own-blood therapy achieve a breakthrough in 1905.
The aim of this stimulation therapy is to retune the immune system to a higher tolerance to allergens that are not harmful in themselves, such as pollen.
In practice, unmodified autologous blood is most frequently used. Other variants of autologous blood treatment work with the addition of ozone or homeopathic remedies as well as irradiation with UV light. As a rule, autologous blood therapy is repeated several times.
Naturopathic therapy of allergies and hay fever with ALLERGOSTOP®
As an alternative naturopathic treatment method for allergies of immediate type I, the autologous blood preparation ALLERGOSTOP® is available. It is also called counter-sensitisation according to Dr. Theurer. The great advantage of this method is that the allergens do not have to be known and intolerance reactions rarely occur. With this modified autologous blood treatment, both the symptoms are alleviated and the cause of the allergy is directly combated. Blood is taken from a vein in the patient's arm, processed in a special preparation procedure and then reinjected. This process is the production of a homeopathic own-blood preparation and its patient-specific application. The organism is stimulated to produce anti-antibodies. The preparation obtained from the patient's own blood serves as a foreign body stimulus, increases the ability to react and activates the self-healing powers.
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The injection techniques are explained by Gerrit Sommer, MD.
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