Herb Remedies: Hay Fever

Most people love the Spring and Summer days, but on who has hay fever will think of Spring and Summer as the Big Sneeze Days. Such allergy symptoms plague some people year round thus the Doctors call this phenomenon perennial allergic rhintis.

The drug treatment are traditional antihistamines like Benadryl and many other name brand names. The function is to block the action of histamine which is a chemical release during allergic reactions, thus relieving symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and mucus production. The side effects is sedation, dry mouth nose and throat,, dizziness, irritability, nightmares, weakness, fatigue,

Nonsedating antihistamines are Hismanal, Zyrtec, and many more, their function is to block the action of histamine these new drugs also fight inflammation, but side effects are dry mouth, nose and throat, astemizole may cause heart rhythm disturbances.

Oral Decongestants are Contac, Dimetapp also many others name brands. Their function is to relieve stuffiness, by constricting the small blood vessels in the respiratory mucous membranes. The side effects are the return of more stubborn congestion after use is discontinued . The risk is a dependency and abuse.

Intranasal Corticosteroids like Rhinocort, Nasonex and many more their function are to help control the allergic response to prevent symptoms. The side effects are burning or drying of the nose, sneezing, less commonly nosebleed, ulcers in the nose, sore throats.

Herbal treatments are Stinging  Nettle take 300 milligrams capsules 2 to 3 times a day. They work as well or better than conventional medications. No side effect reported.

Epdedra herb acts as a decongestant, use as a tea, capsules, tablets and liquid extracts. Do not abuse this herb, use no caffeine with it. Use only as directed and Practitioner’s instructions.

Licorice Root is a anti-inflammatory and antiallergy, its actions are similar to cortisone drugs. For hay fever you will want whole licorice. take 400 to 500 capsules a day. Tincture use is 20 to 30 drops up to 3 times a day. Caution do not use for longer than 6 weeks. Do not use if you are pregnant, nursing, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid, kidney, liver, or heart disease.

Reishi this Chinese remedy boasts several healthful effects it has the ability to reduce allergies, it has the body chemicals that trigger inflammation including histamine. The Chinese us it to treat asthma and other allergic disease. Taken as tablets, capsules, syrup, and teas. Take up to 5 (420 milligram) a day , or 3 (1000 milligram)  tablets a day.  As always consult with your doctor before use.


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