Now that it is spring time in Australia we begin to see more and more clients coming into natural therapy practices seeking relief for hayfever and seasonal allergies.
In recent times clinical trials have been carried out in Australia involving the use of acupuncture in the treatment of hayfever which includes symptoms of sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes due to an inflammatory bodily response.
One study in Melbourne involving 175 patients found that the group of participants receiving acupuncture for hayfever over a 4 week period noticed significantly less severe symptoms than those who didn’t receive the treatment even four weeks after the trial ended. These same patients also reported a boost in their quality of life. One of the authors and professors involved in the study suggested that acupuncture most likely induced an anti-inflammatory response in the body.
As well as Acupuncture there are also other key remedies for treating hayfever naturally. These include:
Vitamin C - A natural anti-histamine and important nutrient for the immune system.
Quercetin - A bio-flavanoid which has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Omega 3 Fish Oils - Essential fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory actions.
Probiotics - Especially the Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain which can reduce the allergic response.
Tumeric- A potent anti-inflammatory herb
Boswellia, Chamomile and Baical Skullcap - These are herbs that possess anti- allergic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Albizia lebbeck and Perilla frutescens - both of these herbs are involved in regulating histamine response
Please note however that before taking any natural medicines, it is always best to consult with a naturopath so that the most suitable remedy can be prescribed, contra-indications can be taken into account and the correct dosing can be determined for each individual.