Re­lief for Fall Al­ler­gies

Sim­ple, nat­u­ral ways to clear con­ges­tion and ir­ri­tants, and keep the air flow­ing

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, DN-C, RH STING­ING NET­TLE spe­cial­izes in Ayurveda and herbal­ism, and has more than 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in holis­tic medicine. His web­site is kp­khalsa.com.

Nat­u­ral reme­dies that can mit­i­gate al­lergy symp­toms and help you breathe eas­ier.

Ifyou’re one of the mil­lions who suf­fer from the snif­fling, sneez­ing, and itchy eyes as­so­ci­ated with al­ler­gies, you know the strug­gles with pollen and rag­weed aren’t just un­com­fort­able; they bring along some se­ri­ous phys­i­cal and men­tal fa­tigue. But it’s pos­si­ble to feel bet­ter with nat­u­ral treat­ments.

Here’s what’s hap­pen­ing dur­ing an al­lergy at­tack: pollen gran­ules latch onto the mu­cous mem­branes that line nasal pas­sages, stim­u­lat­ing their im­mune cells, which are loaded with his­tamines. These cells then rid them­selves of those his­tamines, trig­ger­ing a se­ries of in­flam­ma­tory re­ac­tions in­tended to help the body get rid of the in­truder—sneez­ing, runny nose, and itch­ing.

“Al­lergy” refers to any con­di­tion in which the body mounts an at­tack on a spe­cific sub­stance that is be­nign for some, such as pollen. It’s a nor­mal im­mune re­sponse gone into over­drive— well-in­tended, but too ex­treme. We can in­ter­rupt the process at many steps, so there are many nat­u­ral reme­dies that can play a role in mit­i­gat­ing the mis­ery and help you breathe eas­ier.

For the past 20 years, nat­u­ral medicine prac­ti­tion­ers have rec­om­mended ( Ur­tica dioica), or net­tle leaf, for al­lergy symp­toms. Re­search points to the anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties of net­tle, and stud­ies show that net­tle pro­duces an an­tial­lergy ef­fect. Net­tle’s ben­e­fits are likely due to its ac­tive con­stituents, which in­clude bioflavonoids and polysac­cha­rides. To re­tain these con­stituents, net­tle leaf must be pro­cessed care­fully, so look for a high­qual­ity en­cap­su­lated prod­uct that has been freeze-dried or spe­cially pro­cessed to re­tain the ac­tive com­pounds.

Use net­tle the way you would use an an­ti­his­tamine drug to ter­mi­nate an acute at­tack. Many peo­ple take up to 3,000 mg per day of net­tle leaf cap­sules to re­lieve hay fever re­ac­tions. Symp­toms of­ten be­gin to im­prove within 15 min­utes, and the ef­fect typ­i­cally lasts for about four hours.

BUTTERBUR

( Pe­t­a­sites hy­bridus) is used in cases of acute pain of smooth mus­cle, such as in the uri­nary and res­pi­ra­tory tracts. This qual­ity also makes it use­ful for res­pi­ra­tory dis­or­ders in­volv­ing cough and asthma.

Sci­en­tists re­port that sea­sonal al­lergy suf­fer­ers who re­ceived an ex­tract of butterbur ex­pe­ri­enced symp­tom re­lief equiv­a­lent to pa­tients treated with the pre­scrip­tion an­ti­his­tamine Zyrtec (ce­t­i­rizine). Pa­tients were treated with ei­ther butterbur or ce­t­i­rizine for two weeks. The pa­tients de­scribed sim­i­lar symp­tom re­lief with both treat­ments.

Butterbur root sup­ple­ments are com­monly stan­dard­ized to con­tain a min­i­mum of 7.5 mg of petasin and isopetasin per tablet. Take 50–100 mg twice daily with meals.

sting­ing net­tle

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