Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

by Savvas Ioannides N.D.

Spring is near where the trees and plants are flowering showing their beauty each in its own unique way that most of us enjoy. However, if you are suffering from allergic rhinitis you would probably avoid walking in the park where Acacias are blooming or daisies are flowering.
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal mucous membrane, which is caused by any allergen, usually an inhalant such as pollen. Symptoms include sneezing, profuse and clear running mucus, obstruction of nasal passages, itching of the eyes and pharynx and watery eyes. Allergic rhinitis is most common in atopic patients who have a personal history or family history of eczema, asthma and urticaria.

Naturopathic Therapeutic Approach

The aim is to reduce the allergic and inflammatory response, strengthen the body against reaction to allergen and treat the symptoms with anticatarrhal herbs and herbs that tone the respiratory mucosa. Depuratives (herbs that cleanse the blood from toxins, traditionally used for skin conditions) might be also needed if allergy is deep-seated. For seasonal respiratory problems start treatment 4 to 6 weeks before expected onset.

Herbal Therapy

1.     Eyebright, Golden Seal, Echinacea

The combined actions of these five herbs are primarily focused on the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract. Golden Seal is considered a mucous membrane trophorestorative. This formula also contains Echinacea, which provides support for the immune system. It is indicated for the relief of the symptoms of upper respiratory catarrh, colds, hay fever and sinusitis. Eyebright and Golden Seal are anticatarrhal, and strengthen the mucous membranes. Eyebright has been traditionally recommended for nasal catarrh, sinusitis and conjunctivitis. Echinacea root assists the body in enhancing the nonspecific immune function. These herbs work synergistically in a very potent formulation with the following actions: anticatarrhal, anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing and tonic to upper respiratory mucosa.

2.     Albizia Complex tablets

This combination of herbs provides antiallergic and anti-inflammatory activity. This formulation contains Albizia, Baical Skullcap and Feverfew to provide an antiallergic and anti-inflammatory action, reducing both the allergic response and its inflammatory consequence and aiding in the repair of tissue. Albizia has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to relieve the symptoms associated with allergy and inflammation of the respiratory tract and skin.

3.     Clivers, Sarsaparilla, Oregon Grape, Burdock and Yellow Dock

The combination of Clivers, Sarsaparilla, Oregon Grape, Burdock and Yellow Dock primarily provides depurative action, by enhancing elimination and may be beneficial if the allergy is deep-seated. Clivers Complex is antipruritic (stops itchiness) and helps the removal of waste products from the body.

Nutritional Supplementation

Vitamin C helps reduce inflammation, control histamine release and strengthen connective tissues, Bromelain is mucolytic (helps to dissolve mucous) and Quercetin is a natural antihistamine.

Please consult your naturopath before commencing an herbal treatment. The above mentioned herbal remedies are available through my office.

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About Naturopathy by Savvas Ioannides
Savvas Ioannides is a Naturopathic, Herbal and GAPS Diet practitioner who studied at Nature Care College in Sydney. Savvas uses holistic and natural therapies including Herbal remedies and Nutrition to boost your vitality and help you achieve optimum levels of health.

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