New allergy research is continually being carried out in an effort to discover ways to combat and control allergy symptoms, particularly for those who suffer from the severity of one or more allergies. Even folks who experience mild types of allergies find that they can disrupt their life and make it difficult for them to perform their usual daily activities.
Allergy Research Group
The Allergy Research Group publishes a newsletter called Focus that reports on the various types of research studies that are going on to help allergy sufferers find relief.
In the October 2006 issue of Focus, ARG reported on a combined landmark study carried out by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, the Weifang Asthma Hospital and the Weifang School of Medicine in China. That 2005 study showed that the effects of a combination of three Chinese herbal extracts, nicknamed ASHMI, when blended together, could be almost as effective in helping allergy sufferers as could the use of steroids.
Allergy Research Studies
ASHMI has now formed the basis of an additional allergy research study at Mount Sinai to examine if allergy sufferers, who have been dependent on steroid treatments for asthma, can be weaned off of them and put on the Chinese herbs instead, with better results, and less concern about side effects. Preliminary results from the study seem to be encouraging.
The allergy research thus far has concluded that these adaptogenic herbs might help to support the hypothalamus-pituitary -adrenal axis and could be helpful in restoring adrenal function to a normal level. It is also believed that these Chinese herbs may possess immunotherapeutic properties that are beneficial to asthma and allergy sufferers.
It is important that researchers and scientists continuously search for new ways of relieving allergy symptoms through allergy research in the hope that ultimately a cure for allergies could be found.
However, it should be borne in mind that there are numerous different types of allergy and what may help combat one type may not work so well on another form. Put differently, what responds well to a drug allergy may not respond as well to a food allergy and so on.