HOUSTON—Allergies are difficult to control without prescription drugs, but clinics have been popping up all over town promising natural remedies.
Every year it seems the allergy season starts earlier and ends later.
“Spring in Houston starts in January,” said Dr. Frank Orson, with Baylor Medical Center.
He said some of his clients are ditching over-the-counter medicines.
“We get a lot of our clients who have been through the Claritin and other allopathic approaches and when they are not getting the result there, they come to us,” said Philip Lanham with the Homeopathy Center of Houston.
Lanham says diluting what you’re allergic to and drinking the potion, helps your body build up a resistance.
“It helps the body identify it, and how to work with it, or fight it,” he said.
Lanham said there are no side effects.
“This is for your cedar pollen, pine pollen, oak pollen, and then this is for the Texas weed mix—for the raw weed we all know to love and hate,” he said showing his solutions.
A visit to the Homeopathy Center of Houston is about the same cost as a doctor’s visit. However, insurance won’t pay for it. A small bottle is about $20.
“Homeopathy by its definition uses extremely low doses, and from the scientific point of view, low doses don’t do very much,” Orson said.
It’s why Jim Stockton says he’s sticking to his medicines.
“I just try a variety. My wife is a nurse and she tells me just take one, but I must confess sometimes I just take one of each,” he said.