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Hayfever Help – Dr Estelle Moys

Hayfever Help

A-a-a-TISHOO! It’s that time of year when the pollens

agitate our noses and eyes and ears with sneezing,

itching and runny, watery discharges. Animal dander,

dust, feathers and mold spores can also cause allergic

rhinitis, commonly known as hayfever. For the allergyprone,

what natural relief is on hand?

Herbal remedies

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioca) and Dong quai (Angelica

sinensis) both have anti-inflammatory and antihistamine

properties. Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) reduces

congestion and provides relief for itchy eyes. Also drink

3 to 4 cups of herbal tea daily.

Homoeopathic remedies can be effective in treating

acute episodes of hayfever. It is best to have a

professional homoeopath prescribe accurately for you.

Some of the most commonly used remedies are Allium

cepa for copious, watery, acrid nasal discharges,

better in open air. Euphrasia for copious, watery acrid

discharges from the eyes, worse in open air. Nux

vomica for discharge especially in the day but blocked

at night. Sabadilla for an itchy nose, violent, debilitating

sneezing worse from cold outdoor air but better for

warm drinks and warm rooms. Wyethia for extremely

itchy throat, palate and ears. Dosage is usually every 2

to 4 hours reducing frequency with improvement.

Tissue Salts – Nat mur (No 9) is the major tissue salt for

hayfever. Take 3 time daily.

Supplements can boost your body’s abilities to deal

with the hyperinflammatory response. Bioflavanoids

like quercetin, catechin and hesperidin are natural

antihistamines. 2-3 g daily. When symptoms are severe,

this can be doubled.

Vitamins A (25.000 IUs), C (1-3 g 2 or 3 times daily) and E

(400 IUs daily) are essential for immune function.

Zinc (30 mg daily) is an important mineral for immunity.

Probiotics. Keeping your gut microflora healthy is one

of the most important ways to support your immune

system. Probiotic formulations are available at

pharmacies and health shops. Fermented foods such

as natural yoghurts, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi can

become an integral part of our daily meals. Prebiotic

foods like stewed apples and root veggies like carrot,

beet and parsnips nourish the bowel flora and allow

them to flourish and keep you healthy.

Foods

Eat a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods like dark

green leafy vegetables which are high in bioflavonoids,

fermented foods, spices such as turmeric – one of the

most powerful anti-inflammatory plants. I like to add a

teaspoon or two to plain yoghurt for a tasty, colourful

salad dressing.

What to Avoid

The usual suspects of sugar, dairy and wheat aggravate

allergy symptoms and are tough on the body. Cut out

the caffeine and alcohol, too.

Bodywork

From personal experience, I have found Bowen

treatments very helpful in dealing with hayfever.

The above are just some of the ways to deal

with hayfever. I hope that this Spring you

may enjoy it without suffering.

Dr Estelle Moys : M.Tech Hom

 

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