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?
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.
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
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.
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