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Allergies are hypersensitive responses by our immune system to certain environmental or dietary triggers.

Allergic Reaction

An allergy can be instigated by ‘allergens’ such as pollen, house dust and cosmetics for example. These allergens can trigger allergic reactions such as eczema, hayfever and digestive intolerances.

Understanding Allergies

The word allergy is derived from the Greek allos meaning different and ergos meaning action. Allergy roughly refers to an altered reaction.

Allergies are hypersensitive (exaggerated) responses to certain environmental or dietary trigger. It has been thought that allergies originated as an evolutionary remnant of the immune system’s response to parasitic worms.

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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