Respiratory Hypersensitivity

Publication Title: 
Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift. Supplementum

In recent years our knowledge of the immune system and the pathogenesis of immune disorders has increased. There has been much research on the complex connections between the psyche, the central nervous system and the immune system and the effect of mood on disease processes. This paper reviews the evidence on the effects of hypnosis on the allergic skin test reaction, on allergies, particularly respiratory allergies and hayfever, and on bronchial hyperreactivity and asthma.

Author(s): 
Wyler-Harper, J.
Bircher, A. J.
Langewitz, W.
Kiss, A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Immunology (Baltimore, Md.: 1950)

Mice sensitized to OVA and subjected to acute OVA aerosol exposures develop allergic airway disease (AAD). However, chronic continuous Ag exposure results in resolution of AAD and the development of local inhalational tolerance (LIT). Because we have previously observed the persistence of B cells in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and hilar lymph nodes (HLN) at the resolution stage of this model, we investigated the role of B cells in the modulation of AAD.

Author(s): 
Singh, Anurag
Carson, William F.
Secor, Eric R.
Guernsey, Linda A.
Flavell, Richard A.
Clark, Robert B.
Thrall, Roger S.
Schramm, Craig M.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Immunology (Baltimore, Md.: 1950)

We have reported that supplemental doses of the α- and γ-tocopherol isoforms of vitamin E decrease and increase, respectively, allergic lung inflammation. We have now assessed whether these effects of tocopherols are reversible. For these studies, mice were treated with Ag and supplemental tocopherols in a first phase of treatment followed by a 4-wk clearance phase, and then the mice received a second phase of Ag and tocopherol treatments.

Author(s): 
McCary, Christine A.
Abdala-Valencia, Hiam
Berdnikovs, Sergejs
Cook-Mills, Joan M.
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

Allergies, especially respiratory allergies, are one of the indications for which homeopathic treatment is most frequently sought. The progress of 147 cases of respiratory allergy since in private homeopathic practice is reported here. Only two cases of ear, nose and throat (ENT) allergies out of a total of 105 showed no improvement, no patients deteriorated. Two cases with worsening and three without improvement were noted out of 42 cases of pulmonary allergies.

Author(s): 
Colin, P.
Publication Title: 
Alternative Medicine Review: A Journal of Clinical Therapeutic

There are conceptual and historical links between homeopathic medicine and modern allergy desensitization treatment. Conventional allergy desensitization and homeopathic treatment both utilize small doses of substances that might cause symptoms in order to prevent or treat a hypersensitive state. Homeopathy has historically been associated with allergy treatment. This article reviews evidence from controlled trials for the use of homeopathy in respiratory allergies.

Author(s): 
Ullman, Dana
Frass, Michael
Publication Title: 
International Immunopharmacology

Allergic asthma has emerged as an important public health problem of urban populations in developed countries. Very often herbal medicine is used to treat this widespread disease, due to the lack of efficacy and the important side effects related to the classical drugs in use. Along this line, Ocimum gratissimum (Og) is a plant widely used in Brazilian folk medicine to treat inflammatory disorders, such as asthma.

Author(s): 
Costa, Ryan Santos
Carneiro, Tamires Cana Brasil
Cerqueira-Lima, Ana Tereza
Queiroz, Norma Vilany
Alcântara-Neves, Neuza Maria
Pontes-de-Carvalho, Lain Carlos
Velozo, Eudes da Silva
Oliveira, Eduardo Jesus
Figueiredo, Camila Alexandrina
Publication Title: 
International Immunopharmacology

BACKGROUND: Cissampelos sympodialis Eichl. (Menispermaceae) is a plant found in Northeastern and Southeast of Brazil and hot water infusion of C. sympodialis root bark is largely used in the indigenous and folk medicine to treat several inflammatory disorders, including asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory allergic disease characterized by airway hyperreactivity (AHR), eosinophil tissue infiltration and lung remodeling. The aim of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic effect of C.

Author(s): 
Bezerra-Santos, Claudio R.
Vieira-de-Abreu, Adriana
Vieira, Giciane Carvalho
Filho, Jaime R.
Barbosa-Filho, José Maria
Pires, Ana Lucia
Martins, Marco Aurelio
Souza, Heitor S.
Bandeira-Melo, Christianne
Bozza, Patrícia T.
Piuvezam, Marcia R.
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