Hay fever symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, headache,
and more. There are many treatment options for allergy symptoms, such as the
ones associated with hay fever. Your options include alternative and complementary
treatments as well as home remedies.
According to the American
Association of Naturopathic Physicians, starting natural treatments for
seasonal allergies one or two months before the season starts may reduce the
severity of symptoms.
A qualified herbalist practitioner can suggest treatments that may help
relieve some of your hay fever symptoms. Make sure you talk to your doctor
before taking any new herbs or supplements. Many may interact with your current
Butterbur Root (Petasites hybridus)
This traditional herb is used to reduce mucus production. A small but well-conducted
study published in BMJ concluded that it may be
as effective as a particular pharmaceutical antihistamine (cetirizine).
A small randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports a possible
connection between biminne and perennial rhinitis treatment. The traditional
Chinese herbal formula “biminne” was suggested to be effective in managing the
symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis. However, due to several uncertainties
in the study, these results need to be seen only as suggestions for further
study not evidence of biminne’s utility for hay fever. Biminne is a formula
that includes, among others:
- Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)
- ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
- horny goat weed (Epimedium sagittatum)
- Japanese apricot (Prunus mume)
studies were small and more research needs to be performed on both butterbur
root and biminne to determine whether they are genuinely useful for treating
your hay fever. It’s important to communicate with your doctor what herbs or
supplements you are taking so that any potential negative interactions can be
your sinuses with salty water is
an effective way to relieve nasal congestion and connected
symptoms. You can find a squeeze bottle or neti pot to use in this process at
your local pharmacy.
are small containers designed specifically for nasal irrigation. You fill the
pot with warm salt water, tilt your head, to the side, and place the spout of
the pot in the upper nostril gently pouring the water in. The water will flow
through your nasal cavity and out the lower nostril.