The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.

Hay Fever-

Hay fever is an allergic reaction of the nasal passages to wind-borne pollens. Most people with hay fever are allergic to ragweed pollen, but various grass and tree pollens are culprits as well. Generally if hay fever is worse in the spring it is due to tree pollens, if worse in the summer, grass and weed pollens are responsible. Conventional treatment is with a variety of antihistamines and sometimes cortisone drugs to relieve the symptoms.

Helpful measures include avoiding the airborne pollens as much as possible. Indoors it can be helpful to utilize an air purifier. The HEPA type is best for removing pollens from the air. Avoid food allergens. Eat lots of cold water fish and supplement with Vitamin B6, B12, C, E, magnesium, and selenium along with plenty of beta-carotenes. Flavonoid supplements are helpful as well- try quercitin, grape seed extract or green tea extract.

Herb treatment-
Stinging nettles- many people get good relief from taking freeze-dried nettle leaf.
Freeze-dried nettles in capsules- 100 mg three times a day.

Other herbs-Tylophora, Licorice, Ginkgo, Ephedra

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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