Seasonal Allergies

Carol B. Blair, BS, DiHom, CNC
Wellness Educator

An allergen is a substance that has been targeted by the immune system as a carolforeign invader. The receptor on the mast cell binds to an allergen, and the body produces antibodies to this invader. The mast cells then release histamine that causes the typical allergic responses such as red, itchy eyes/coughing/nasal congestion/runny nose.

Most allergy medications work as anti-histamines, and there are many natural anti-histamines and anti-inflammatories that will help reduce symptoms without side effects.

Quercetin, a flavonoid found in apples, buckwheat, onions, and green tea, helps keep mast cells from releasing histamine. The absorption of quercetin is enhanced by bromelain, which potentiates its action, so you will often find them combined for best results. This combination is one of the most commonly used natural therapies for allergies.

Nettle leaf tea has been used for centuries to relieve allergies especially hayfever. It has been recommended highly by Dr. Andrew Weil. Nettle tea or the extract inhibits pro-inflammatory pathways related to allergies, and it has an impressive number of other benefits for the immune system.

Osha is an herb used for its anti-histamine-like properties. Osha will often quickly reduce allergic reactions; it also soothes a sore throat. Recent studies also show the herb, Butterbur, to be excellent for allergy symptom relief.

Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Grapeseed extract, MSM, and fish oil can also help reduce inflammation, and therefore, symptoms.

Allergy relief is an area where homeopathy shines. Homeopathy is based on the theory that “like cures like.” Many homeopathic formulas contain the allergens, such as pollen, in minute doses that are prevalent in a certain region of the country, and formulas exist for allergies in our area. There are other allergy formulas available as well for individuals who have sensitivities to animal dander or dairy, for instance. These can be a big help for allergy sufferers.

Last but not least, new studies are showing the role of probiotics in down-regulating the immune system to help reduce allergies!

All of these supplements are quite effective in reducing congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes, headaches, and fatigue that are associated with seasonal allergies. The best part is that, instead of side effects, most of these supplements will have other beneficial uses for your immune system as well

Homeopathics to the Rescue for Allergies

Carol B. Blair, BS, CNC, DiHom, 78629722
Wellness Educator

Homeopathics are great for allergies.  We have a wonderful formula called North East Allergy that has minute, homeopathic doses of most of the trees and plants in our area.  It is based on the theory that like cures like, similar to allergy shots, but without the harmful toxins. This formula often reduces the sneezing, sore throat, sinus congestion, and itchy, watery eyes, and runny nose that are typical symptoms of outdoor allergies. Three sprays in the mouth about three times a day has been a small miracle for many individuals.

If this stops working or doesn’t seem to be enough to solve all of those upper respiratory symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, and sinus pressure, some of the more serious allergy sufferers may need to add in Sinus Relief.

If, instead of the upper respiratory symptoms, you tend toward developing bronchial symptoms with mucous congestion, hoarseness and coughing, add in the Asthma Formula along with the North East Allergy. This helps reduce the risk of bronchitis setting in and typically reduces the coughing as well.

These remedies are not meant to replace asthma or other medications prescribed by your doctor, but may be taken along with them. The wonderful thing about homeopathics (unlike some herbs or other supplements), is that they do not interfere with medications.

Of course, there are also other natural anti-histamines available, and if you are a serious allergy sufferer and would like some additional help, feel free to call Natur-Tyme at 488-6300 for a free consultation with Laurel or Carol.

We may have to suffer through Syracuse weather; but, we don’t have to suffer with all of the allergy symptoms the area has to offer, too.


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