If you have a problem with allergies you have probably already used or you are using many medications, antihistamines, sprays or nasal pump. Maybe you’re tired to be sleepy from antihistamines or you realize that nasal sprays are not the right solution, because the symptoms keep coming back and you may have already acquired a habit, and you cannot imagine life without nose drops.
Some people managed to change their allergic reaction with the help of herbal or homeopathic products (Lectranal, Polinol), which can change too strong immune response to the allergen. Others have managed to reduce allergy symptoms and therefore have less need for drugs when the allergy season comes.
If you’re in the mood for acupuncture treatments, it is a safe way without chemicals, with the help of needles stabbed in the right place, re-teaches your body how to uncork a stuffy nose, how to breathe easier, not to cough in contact with allergens.
How do natural anti-allergy remedies work?
Allergies are caused by the overreaction of the immune system to something that does not represent a real danger to the organism, for example, pollen or animal hair. Some plants act as antihistamines, preventing the transporter of allergic reactions – histamine to start over-reaction of the organism.
Tea against allergies
Tea against allergies is used for allergic rhinitis, allergic sinusitis, allergic bronchitis and other allergic respiratory ailments. It works against allergic symptoms such as nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, shortness of breath, swelling of the airways of mucous membranes, itching of the nose and throat, allergic cough, swollen eyes, watery eyes, itching and redness of the eyes etc. Allergic rhinitis has symptoms like cold, but is actually caused by allergens in the air such as pollen, dust, hair… Plant components from tea against allergies act to stabilize the cells that contain histamine (the main cause of allergic symptoms) and prevent its release and action.
Four tablespoons of tea mixture pour with 1 liter of boiling water. Stir the tea and let it stand covered for about an hour. Then, strain and drink throughout the day in small sips. One part of the tea, you can pour in a bottle of mineral water and take it with you to work, school, college, or anywhere when you go out of the house, to drink the tea by bit throughout the day.
Bog rhubarb (Devil’s hat or Pestilence wort) – Petasites hybridus
It is considered a sacred plant. It acts just like drugs that prevent swelling of the airways that occurs in allergic rhinitis, bronchitis and asthma. Research shows that in symptoms of nasal congestion, hay fever, allergic eye irritation, the Bog rhubarb is effective as antihistamines, but without the sedative effects. This is especially important for people for whom is vital to maintain good concentration throughout the day, eg. driving, machine control, mental work. Bog rhubarb is like coltsfoot, and both plants contain pyrrolizidine alcaloids, which can damage the liver, and is not recommended for long-term use. In some commercial preparations these components are removed, and in this case Bog rhubarb can be used for longer period.
Is the vegetable component of many types of fruits and vegetables and is thought to stabilize mastocyte cells and prevents the release of histamine – the cause of allergic reactions. Quercetin could be described as a parallel to chemical drug cromoglycate (Vividrin, Sodium cromoglycate).
Astragalus is known for its immune-modulatory effects, ie. it has a feature that enhances weak immune response and calms too strong response. It is useful to start taking astragalus before anticipated allergy season, and if the allergy is already present take increased doses.
Use immune-modulators before allergy season
When an allergic reaction starts it is very difficult to stop it, and the best is preventive action. If, few weeks before allergy season starts you begin using herbal medicines that reduce too strong allergic response, you can reduce allergic symptoms or are completely avoid it. That way, if there is a manifestation of allergy symptoms, you will need fewer medications (antihistamines, local vasoconstrictors) and there will be fewer side effects.