Invaders in your body, especially during the spring when everything starts to bloom are not fun. As the immune system produces antibodies and the special white blood cell spring into action they can create inflammation and typical allergic symptoms of sinus problems, coughing, runny noses and people not being happy to have allergies.
A few of the natural things you can use to help offset these unwanted symptoms include quercetin, echinacea, nettles and butterbur. Quercetin is a plant flavanoid that acts as an antihistaminic and antiallergic compound. Studies have shown it effectively reduces histamine release and helped reduce those nasal symptoms that normally make us feel bad. Echinacea is a herb that we normally think of taking when we get a cold as it has been shown to be effective in upper respiratory conditions. It is an immune modulator so may help in regulating over-inflammation. It is not to be taken for a long period of time or the body will adapt and it will be ineffective. Five days is a good length of time.
Another common solution for allergies is taking stinging nettle tea or in a supplement. Studies have shown it also helped rhinitis and allergic symptoms after being used for one week. Butterbur as an herbal extract, also is a good solution for hay fever. It has been shown to reduce histamine release and was more effective than a drug antihistamine which can make you sleepy.
Of course, taking these is a wise move if your allergies are seasonal or intermittent. But, if you have chronic problems it would be wise to get tested to see exactly what is the trigger and deal with it through a good forward-thinking MD or Naturopathic Physician.
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