Allergens

Publication Title: 
Lancet (London, England)

We tested, under independent conditions, the reproducibility of evidence from two previous trials that homoeopathy differs from placebo. The test model was again homoeopathic immunotherapy. 28 patients with allergic asthma, most of them sensitive to house-dust mite, were randomly allocated to receive either oral homoeopathic immunotherapy to their principal allergen or identical placebo. The test treatments were given as a complement to their unaltered conventional care. A daily visual analogue scale of overall symptom intensity was the outcome measure.

Author(s): 
Reilly, D.
Taylor, M. A.
Beattie, N. G.
Campbell, J. H.
McSharry, C.
Aitchison, T. C.
Carter, R.
Stevenson, R. D.
Publication Title: 
Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine

From antiquity to the 1920s, the frequency of asthma and especially death from asthma was considered to be rare. In fact, asthma was not considered a significant cause of death during the early years of the 20th century. The Frenchman Armand Trousseau declared in his Clinique Medicale that "asthma n'est pas fatale" ("asthma is not fatal"). In the United States, Oliver Wendell Holmes had described asthma as a "slight ailment that promotes longevity." Clearly this perception of asthma has changed for many reasons.

Author(s): 
Meza, C.
Gershwin, M. E.
Publication Title: 
Physiology & Behavior

The effect of kissing on allergen-induced skin wheal responses and plasma neurotrophin levels were studied in 30 normal subjects, 30 patients with allergic rhinitis (AR), and 30 patients with atopic dermatitis (AD). All of the patients with AR or AD are allergic to house dust mite (HDM) and Japanese cedar pollen (JCP). They are all Japanese and they do not kiss habitually. The subject kissed freely during 30 min with their lover or spouse alone in a room with closed doors while listening to soft music.

Author(s): 
Kimata, Hajime
Publication Title: 
California Medicine

Allergic disease has no one common denominator but may be due to various causes. Tests with allergenic substances are important but not infallible, and should not be the sole criteria of clinical sensitivity. They should not be employed indiscriminately. Much progress in utilizing all forms of modern medical treatment has been made. Finally, in treating patients with allergic disease, kindness and consideration remain the attributes that distinguish good allergists.

Author(s): 
Harris, M. C.
Publication Title: 
California Medicine

Allergic disease has no one common denominator but may be due to various causes. Tests with allergenic substances are important but not infallible, and should not be the sole criteria of clinical sensitivity. They should not be employed indiscriminately. Much progress in utilizing all forms of modern medical treatment has been made. Finally, in treating patients with allergic disease, kindness and consideration remain the attributes that distinguish good allergists.

Author(s): 
Harris, M. C.
Publication Title: 
Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Allergy is an exaggerated response of the immune system to external substances. It plays a role in a wide range of diseases. In some, such as summer hayfever, the symptoms are due entirely to allergy. In other conditions, particularly asthma, eczema and urticaria, allergy plays a part in some patients but not all. In these situations, allergy may have either a major role or provide just one of many triggers. In an individual patient's illness, the importance of allergy may change with time.

Author(s): 
Kay, A. B.
Lessof, M. H.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Psychosomatic Research

Immediate (Type I) hypersensitivity skin reactions to allergens or antigens have been used as immune measures that may be subject to intentional modulation. In preliminary experiments using hypnosis we encountered unacceptably large, uncontrollable variability. A method was subsequently devised in which serial, five-fold dilutions of allergen or histamine were administered to the subject's forearm and reactions were recorded photographically on slide film. Areas were determined by computer-assisted image analysis.

Author(s): 
Laidlaw, T. M.
Booth, R. J.
Large, R. G.
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementärmedizin

The aim of this study in hypnosis was the exemplary verification of a regulatory intervention in patients with pollinosis. Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are established methods in medicine. 52 patients with pollinosis participated in this clinical study. It lasted over two pollen seasons. Self-hypnosis was learned quite easily. It resulted in a clear yet statistically weak beneficial effect on the subjective assessment of the pollinosis symptoms, on the consumption of drugs and on other objective findings.

Author(s): 
Bircher, A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of the Royal Society of Health
Author(s): 
Packham, C. L.
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Oil of bergamot is an extract from the rind of bergamot orange (Citrus aurantium ssp bergamia) that has a pleasant, refreshing scent; until a few years ago it had been widely used as an ingredient in cosmetics but was restricted or banned in most countries because of certain adverse effects. More recently, oil of bergamot preparations have been gaining renewed popularity in aromatherapy. Oil of bergamot possesses photosensitive and melanogenic properties because of the presence of furocoumarins, primarily bergapten (5-methoxypsoralen [5-MOP]).

Author(s): 
Kaddu, S.
Kerl, H.
Wolf, P.

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