Hay Fever is an allergic response to pollen released by trees and grasses. Pollen triggers the production of the antibody, immunoglobulin E, which results in the release of histamines causing inflammation and swelling of nasal passages and mucous production. Symptoms include sneezing, itching nose and throat, water eyes and runny nose. Hay Fever can also cause reduced concentration, lower energy levels and disturbed sleep. There will be individual variations in the type of pollen which triggers Hay Fever and the symptom experienced.
Herbal medicine offers an effective treatment for Hay Fever. While symptoms can be relieved by taking over-the-counter treatments such as antihistamines, decongestants and nasal steroids their effectiveness may be short lived and can cause side effects such as drowsiness.
Herbal medicine treats the body as a whole, not just the symptoms, by acting on the body's immune system to reduce allergic responses. This gentle action on the immune system will be gradual but long-lasting and should ideally be started before Hay Fever begins.
Many herbs can be beneficial in treating Hay Fever relieving symptoms and acting on the underlying cause. Each Hay Fever sufferer is assessed and treated according to their specific needs providing a tailored combination of herbs rather than the fixed treatment of over-the-counter remedies.
Some of the herbs which may be considered in the treatment of Hay Fever include echinacea , holy basil (Ocimum sanctum), astragalus (Astagalus membranceaous), nettle (Urtica dioica), baical skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) elderflower (Sambucus nigra), eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis), ephedra (Ephedra sinica), milk thistle (Silybum marianum), licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), turmeric (Curcuma longa), feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), plantain (Plantago lanceolata) chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and ginger (Zingiber officinale).