April Showers Bring May...Allergies?

(May 2009)

 

Although spring flowers are welcomed by many, it also brings with it seasonal allergies. There are multiple medications available to address the symptoms of allergies. But by naturally addressing allergy symptoms with vitamins, minerals, herbs, and dietary changes, you can help to calm an overactive immune system.

 

Natural antihistamines include vitamin C and bioflavonoids such as quercetin. Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is commonly used to help reduce cholesterol levels. But it also optimizes adrenal function, providing an additional boost to our immune system.

 

Stinging nettles (urtica diocia) is a mineral-rich herb that also exhibits antihistamine properties. Nettles can be taken in capsule form, but also can be boiled and made into a tea, or added to a soup or stew. Astragalus is an herbal adaptogen that has the ability to calm an overactive immune system or boost an underactive one.


Two common homeopathic remedies may alleviate two very different symptoms associated with allergic symptoms. Euphrasia is indicated when watery eyes burning. Conversely, allium cepa is often used when nasal discharge is acrid. Dietary changes such as decreasing dairy products, which can increase mucus production, also can decrease the inflammatory burden on our bodies. Nasal lavage with a Neti Lota pot and either saline or Chinese herbs can help to keep sinus passages clean.


By adding just a few of these suggestions to your daily regimen, you may find that you can reduce your allergy symptoms while taking steps to strengthen your immune system for years to come.

 

Contributed by Michelle Rogers, ND


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