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Oaktree Stories: Journey with Allergies

By Dr. Vanessa Jalbert-Caputo, Downtown Chiropractor

Today, I wanted to share a personal story that has been a significant part of my life: my journey with allergies.


For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with seasonal allergies year after year. It has always been a constant battle for me that I have done my best to manage holistically. Over the years I have incorporated a few important things that I would like to share if you can relate to the relentless changing of the seasons.

  1. Dietary Changes: Some foods may exacerbate allergy symptoms, while others can help reduce inflammation and boost immunity. Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts), and spices like turmeric and ginger may help. Additionally, avoiding or reducing consumption of dairy, processed foods, and foods high in refined sugars may also be beneficial.
  2. Herbal Remedies: Certain herbs and supplements have natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate allergy symptoms. Examples include stinging nettle, quercetin, butterbur, bromelain (found in pineapple), and probiotics.
  3. Acupuncture: Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese healing technique, involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote balance. Some studies suggest that acupuncture may help reduce allergy symptoms by modulating the immune response and reducing inflammation. (We certainly have seen it help many people at the clinics!)

  4. Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic adjustments aim to correct misalignments in the spine and improve nervous system function. Some individuals find relief from allergy symptoms through chiropractic care, as adjustments may help enhance immune function and alleviate stress on the body.

  5. Mind-Body Practices: Stress can exacerbate allergy symptoms, so practices like meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation may help reduce stress levels and promote overall well-being. These practices can also support immune function and improve resilience to allergens.

  6. Essential Oils: Certain essential oils, such as peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil, have natural decongestant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties that may help relieve allergy symptoms. They can be diffused, diluted and applied topically, or added to steam inhalation.

Remember that individual responses to these holistic approaches may vary, so it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your wellness routine, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking medications.


While the journey has been challenging, it’s also been transformative, shaping my understanding of my own health and well-being. It’s a constant reminder to me that wellness isn’t just about treating symptoms but about nurturing a deeper connection with oneself and the world around us. 

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