Herbs that can treat allergies
Many developments have been taken place in modern medicine for the treatment of allergy symptoms over the years. You will tend to become drowsy and wobbly after taking antihistamines used for allergy. Modern medicines, many, have side effects but natural herbal treatment can help you to treat the allergic symptoms without any side effects. Several natural herbs are available which provide relief to the symptoms of allergy. Herbs actually prevent the symptoms of allergy than curing them. Seasonal allergies can be prevented effectively with the help of herbs.
To prevent the symptoms of allergy you should follow a healthful diet, bring some lifestyle changes and use herbs that can provide relief in a safe and effective way. If you are pregnant, undergoing any other treatment or nursing a baby, consult a doctor before taking the self-treatment. Some of the herbs that help prevent allergic reactions are the following:
Stinging Nettle: Studies shows that freeze-dried preparation of this herb is effective on allergic rhinitis. The extract from the leaves or roots of stinging nettle improves bronchial constriction.
Ephedra: Chinese species of ephedra is being used in the treatment of several inflammatory disorders. Ephedrine is the active ingredient of this herb that is effective in the treatment of hay fever and mild to moderate asthma. But the prolonged use of this herb can affect the function of the adrenal gland as well as reduces its effect on the body. Because of this, ephedra is normally combined with other herbs. Ephedrine is not suitable for some individuals as it raises both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Angelica sinensis: This herb is a Chinese medicine known as Dong Quai. Use of this herb increases the production level of antibodies that is ten times greater to the level of normal allergy sufferers.
Licorice: Licorice stimulates adrenals, inhibits inflammation and improves allergy symptoms without any harmful effects. Licorice can be compared to cortisone. Licorice increases the anti-inflammatory action by increasing the half-life of cortisol. Licorice can suppress the mediator release from mast cells. Regular use of this herb may cause the loss of potassium which has to be supplemented with diet contains potassium rich foods. This herb also promotes the retention of sodium.
Chinese Skullcap: This herb consists of flavonoids that prevent leukotriene production that promotes bronchial constriction which is 1000 times effective than histamine.
Onion: The skin of the onion contains quercetin, which is a powerful antioxidant an anti-inflammatory and an anti-histamine agent.
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus encourages easy breathing by opening up the lungs and thereby increases the intake of oxygen in to the cells.
Eyebright: This is also helpful to relieve the symptoms of allergies.
Ginkgo Biloba: Leaf extract of this plant inhibits platelet-activating factor, a chemical which is involved in allergies.
Golden seal: Most of the herbalists included this in the treatment of allergy. The active ingredient of goldenseal is berberine. Berberine has antibacterial and immune properties.
Herbal tea bath: This is good for the treatment and prevention of allergy. Herbal tea consists of calendula flowers, eyebright flowers, lavender flowers or German chamomile.
Spirulina: This prevents allergic symptoms by inhibiting the release of histamines.
Wild Cherry: This is used in the allergic treatment of throat and nasal passages.