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SULFITE ALLERGIES


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  • Allergy Description
  • Frequent Signs & Symptoms
  • Sulfite Allergy Risks
  • Sulfite Containing Foods, Beverages, & Products
  • Allergy Diagnosis
  • Allergy Herbal & Holistic Therapy
  • Allergy Nutrition & Lifestyle Recommendations
  • Allergy Nutritional Supplement Recommendations
  • Allergy Notify Health Care Provider
  • Allergy Supplements & Products




  • ALLERGY DESCRIPTION

    AN IMMUNE SYSTEM RESPONSE

    An allergy is an inappropriate response by the body's immune system to a substance that is not normally harmful. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system. People who have allergies have a hyper-alert immune system that overreacts to a substance in the environment called an allergen. Exposure to what is normally a harmless substance, such as pollen, causes the immune system to react as if the substance is harmful. The immune-system is the highly complex defense mechanism that helps us to combat infections. It does this by identifying "foreign invaders" and mobilizing the body's white blood cells to fight them. In some people, the immune system wrongly identifies a non-toxic substance as an invader, and the white blood cells overreact and do more damage to the body than the invader. In this way, the allergy response becomes a disease in itself. Allergies are a very common problem, affecting at least 2 out of every 10 Americans.

    Many people are allergic to sulfites. Sulfites are common food additives used as sanitary agents and preservation to prevent discoloration of foods. They are commonly used in restaurant salad bars and are also present in many supermarket foods, including frozen foods, dried fruits, and certain fresh fruits and vegetables.





    FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    TYPES OF SULFITE REACTIONS

    The types and severity of reactions to sulfites in sensitive individuals vary, and may include these symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion, stuffy and/or runny nose.
  • Coughing, breathing difficulties.
  • Wheezing, asthma.
  • Anaphylactic shock.
  • Itching.
  • Hives and other skin rashes.
  • Headaches, mild to severe.
  • Abdominal pain. Diarrhea.
  • Flushing of the face and a "hot flash" feeling.
  • Fatigue. Irritability, and/or feelings of anger.

  • The types and severity of reactions to sulfites in sensitive individuals vary. These symptoms tend to occur quickly, usually within 20 to 30 minutes after consuming sulfites.





    SULFITE ALLERGY RISKS

    SULFITE RISKS VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON

    Sulfites pose a greater danger to some people than to others. People with asthma, a history of allergies, or a deficiency of the liver enzyme sulfite oxidase can suffer great harm. Sulfites have been implicated in at least 13 deaths in the United States.

    It is not always easy to tell if a food product contains sulfites. Sulfiting agents appear in food ingredient lists in a variety of ways, including sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite, potassium bisulfite, potassium metabisulfite, and sulfur dioxide. Any ingredient ending in -sulfite should be assumed to be a sulfiting agent.

    If you have ever suffered a reaction after ingesting a food you believe contained sulfites, you should beware of the foods and beverages listed below, which often contain these substances. Sulfite-free forms of some of these foods may be found in health food stores.





    SULFITE-CONTAINING FOODS & BEVERAGES

    SULFITE SENSITIVITY

    Sulfites are a group of sulfur-based compounds that may occur naturally or may be added to food as an enhancer and preservative. The FDA estimates that one out of 100 people is sensitive to the compounds. A person can develop sensitivity to sulfites at any time in life, and the cause of sensitivity is unknown. For a person who is sensitive to sulfites, a reaction can be mild or life threatening. In 1986, the FDA banned the use of sulfites on fruits and vegetables that are eaten raw, such as lettuce or apples, as well as on fresh meat and poultry products. Regulations also require manufacturers who use sulfites in their processed products to list the compounds on their product labels. Although sulfites are no longer used on most fresh foods, they still can be found in a variety of cooked and processed foods. They also occur naturally in the process of making wine and beer. Avoiding foods that contain or are likely to contain sulfites is the only way to prevent a reaction. If you are sensitive to sulfites, be sure to read the labels on all food items. When eating out, ask the chef or server if sulfites are used or added to food before or during preparation. Examples of foods that may contain sulfites include the following products.

    FOODS THAT MAY CONTAIN SULFITES

    BEVERAGES

  • Alcohol, beer, and wine.
  • Apple cider.
  • Bottled, Canned, or Frozen Fruit Juices.
  • Bottled, Canned, or Frozen Vegetable Juices.
  • Bottled lemon juice and lime juice.
  • Cocktail Mixes.
  • Colas.
  • Cordials.
  • Fruit Drinks.
  • Sparkling grape juice.
  • Tea & Instant Tea Mixes
  • Vegetable juices.

  • FISH & SHELLFISH

  • Canned Seafood Soups.
  • Clams.
  • Crabs.
  • Dried Fish.
  • Fresh or frozen shrimp.
  • Fresh, Frozen, Canned, or Dried Shellfish.
  • Frozen Dough.
  • Lobster.
  • Oysters.
  • Scallops.

  • PROCESSED FOODS

  • Avocado Dip (Guacamole).
  • Baked Goods.
  • Beet Sugars.
  • Breading Mixes.
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Brown Sugar
  • Canned Fruit Pie Fillings.
  • Canned Mushrooms.
  • Caramels.
  • Coleslaw.
  • Corn, Maple, & Pancake Syrups.
  • Cornmeal.
  • Cornstarch.
  • Dehydrated, pre-cut, or peeled potatoes.
  • Dietetic Processed Foods.
  • Dried Fruit.
  • Dried or Canned Soups.
  • Dry Salad Dressing Mixes.
  • Frozen, Canned, or Dried Fruits & Vegetables,
  • Frozen French Fries.
  • Gelatin.
  • Glazed Fruits.
  • Grapes.
  • Hard Candies.
  • Horseradish.
  • Jams & Jellies.
  • Maraschino Cherries.
  • Molasses.
  • Mushrooms.
  • Noodle & Rice Mixes.
  • Olives.
  • Onion Relish.
  • Pickles & Pickled Foods.
  • Potato Chips.
  • Potatoes.
  • Prepared Cut Fruit Salad.
  • Prepared Cut Vegetable Salads.
  • Sauces & Gravies.
  • Sauerkraut.
  • Shredded Coconut.
  • Soup mixes.
  • Trail Mixes.
  • Wine Vinegar.


  • SULFITE-CONTAINING INGREDIENTS (ON FOOD LABELS)

  • Sulfur dioxide.
  • Potassium bisulfite or potassium metabisulfite.
  • Sodium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite or sodium sulfite.


  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergy Information & Descriptions




    ALLERGY DIAGNOSIS

    IDENTIFYING ALLERGENS

    The link between allergens (substances that trigger allergic reactions) and the symptoms they produce is often obvious, as in the case of pollen and hay fever. Less easy to identify are intolerances, or "hidden" reactions, said to cause problems ranging from depression and digestive disorders to asthma and eczema. These symptoms do not occur immediately and are less extreme than true allergic reactions. The tests described below are among those used by nutritional therapists and clinical ecologists worldwide to identify allergies and intolerances.

    Food Allergies Overview
    Food Sensitivities Overview
    Herbal & Holistic Recommendations For Allergies


    Allergy Research began in the 20th century.
    Research into allergies began early in the 20th century.


    HEALTH CARE EXAM

    An important part of diagnosing allergies is a careful evaluation of your symptoms. Your health care provider will ask you several questions to rule out other conditions that may cause allergy-like symptoms.

    QUESTIONS YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER MAY ASK
    • What type of symptoms do you have?
    • How long have you had these symptoms?
    • When symptoms occur, how long do they last?
    • Are your symptoms seasonal (come and go throughout the year) or do they last year-round?
    • Do your symptoms occur when you are outdoors or indoors, such as when you clean your house?
    • Do your symptoms get worse when you are around pets? Do you have any pets?
    • Do you smoke? Does anyone in your family smoke?
    • Are your symptoms interfering with your daily activities or interrupting your sleep?
    • What makes your symptoms better?
    • What types of treatments have you tried?
    • What allergy medication(s) are you taking now? Do these medications provide relief? Do they cause unwanted drowsiness?
    • What other medications are you taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and herbal supplements?
    • What type of heating system do you have? Do you have central air conditioning?
    • Do you have any other health conditions, such as asthma or high blood pressure?
    • Are you having difficulty with your sense of smell or taste?
    • What makes your symptoms worse?
    • How much can you modify your lifestyle to reduce your exposure to these allergens?

    In addition to asking questions, your health care provider will perform a complete physical exam. Your skin, eyes, nose, ears, and throat will be examined. Your health care provider will look for inflammation (redness or swelling), drainage, or other signs of allergy symptoms. Other tests may be performed, based on your health care provider's recommendations after the medical history and examination, to determine which allergens are causing your symptoms. These may include a skin test or blood test.

    QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
    • What substances are causing my allergies?
    • What allergy symptoms should I be concerned about?
    • When is it necessary to call the health care provider?
    • What allergy medications or other treatments are available?
    • What are the benefits/side effects of each treatment?
    • Will I need allergy shots?
    • What guidelines should I follow if I'm prescribed allergy medication?
    • Should I take medicine all the time or only when my allergy symptoms become worse?
    • Should I stop exercising outside if I have allergies?
    • What types of plants are better to put in my yard if I have allergies?
    • How can I avoid or reduce exposure to certain allergens?
    • What can I do around my house to reduce allergies?
    • Should I avoid going outside during certain times of the year?
    • What can I do to decrease allergy symptoms when I do have to go outside?
    • How can I tell the difference between allergies and a cold or the flu?
    • Will changing my diet improve my symptoms?
    • How often should I come in for follow-up appointments?


    SKIN TESTING FOR ALLERGIES

    The season in which your allergy occurs will narrow the list of possible culprits. To pinpoint the cause, your health care provider may perform a skin test to determine which substances (allergens) cause a reaction.

    The skin test, also called a scratch test, is used to identify the substances that are causing your allergy symptoms. It involves placing extracts of potential allergens in a grid on your arm or back, and then scratching or pricking your skin so the extract can enter the outer layer of skin (epidermis) to allow exposure to the extract. Those areas that become red and itchy indicate which substances trigger a defensive (allergic) response by your immune system. Evaluation of the skin's reaction will determine the intensity of your allergic reaction to that allergen.



    WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE SKIN TEST

    First, a health care provider will examine the skin on your forearm and clean it with alcohol. (Sometimes, the skin test is performed on an area of your back.)

    Areas on your skin are then marked with a pen to identify each allergen that will be tested. A drop of extract for each potential allergen (such as pollen, animal dander, or insect venom) is placed on the corresponding mark. A small disposable pricking device or a small syringe and needle is then used so the extract can enter into the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis. The skin prick is not a shot and doesn't cause bleeding. Sometimes, instead of the skin pricking method, a small amount of the allergen is injected just under the skin.

    If there are allergic antibodies in your system, your skin will become irritated and may itch, much like a mosquito bite. This reaction means you are allergic to that substance.

    Plan to spend about an hour for the entire appointment. The allergen placement part of the test takes about 5 to 10 minutes. Then you will have to wait about 15 minutes to see how your skin reacts.

    Inform the health care provider who is going to perform the skin test about all medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter medications. Since over-the-counter antihistamines stop allergic reactions, you should not take them for at least 48 hours before the test. Prescription antihistamines should be discontinued five to seven days before the test. Talk to your health care provider about discontinuing your prescription medicines prior to the test. Your health care provider will give you a list of medicines to avoid before the test, since there are other drugs that can interfere with the results. Since you may not be able to discontinue certain medicines, the health care provider may perform a separate "control" test to determine if that particular drug will interfere with the scratch test.

    The test may be mildly irritating, but most people say it does not hurt too much. The part I hated the most was the itching from the allergen reactions.

    Although small amounts of allergens are introduced into your system, a skin test is safe when performed properly. You may be supervised by your health care provider for extreme reactions if you have severe allergies.

    After the test, the extracts and ink marks will be cleaned off your skin with alcohol. A mild cortisone cream will be applied to your arm to relieve any itching at the sites of the skin pricks. Keep the tested area on your arm uncovered when you go home. Your health care provider or allergist will use the results of the test to help develop a management plan for you.

    You should contact your health care provider if you experience any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever.
    • Lightheadedness.
    • Wheezing.
    • Shortness of breath.

    If skin testing cannot be performed, the health care provider may perform a radioallergosorbent blood test (RAST) to check the levels of antibodies produced by the immune system. Elevated levels of certain antibodies can identify particular allergies. Because RAST is not as sensitive as skin testing in detecting certain substances, it is only used when skin testing is not possible.


    BLOOD TESTING FOR ALLERGIES

    Blood tests are sometimes performed to find out what triggers an allergic reaction. Blood tests are often used if patients have a skin condition or are taking medications, such as antihistamines, that could interfere with an allergy skin test, the most common test used to identify allergy triggers.

    The radioallergosorbent test (RAST) and the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test are two types of blood tests used to diagnose allergies. In both, a small amount of blood is taken from the allergy sufferer and analyzed for antibodies. High levels of antibodies in the blood indicate an allergic reaction.

    These blood tests are not as effective as skin testing and tend to be somewhat more expensive, but can be useful in some situations.



    CYTOTOXIC TEST

    In this test for food intolerances, a blood sample is taken and the white blood cells are isolated. They are then mixed with liquified concentrate of the suspect food, before being analyzed under a microscope. If the cells swell and form granules, this is said to indicate an abnormal reaction. Cytotoxic testing does not produced consistent results, and has been largely superceded by ELISA testing.

    ELISA TEST

    According to practitioners, true allergies are triggered by an antibody in the blood called immunoglobulin E (IgE), and some types of delayed, less severe reactions by another antibody, IgG. The ELISA (enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay) blood test was developed as an indicator of these so-called "hidden" food intolerances, said to be implicated in a range of conditions such as asthma, eczema, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, candidiasis, "leaky gut", and migraines. A small sample of blood is added to a number of foods in wells on a plate, and stored for 12 hours in a refrigerator. Any IgG that forms is measured using a spectrophotometer.

    Spectrophotometer.
    The spectrophotometer measures antibodies produced by a positive reaction in an ELISA test, which shows up as yellow in a blood sample.


    Patients are advised to eliminate any foods that have a strong positive IgG reaction. Mild- or medium-reaction foods can be eaten every four days or as tolerated.


    OTHER BLOOD TESTS

    There are a number of different blood tests used in nutritional testing.
      BLOOD VITAMIN ANALYSIS: A blood sample is tested for levels of as many as 12 vitamins, using a process known as HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography). Low levels of vitamins are blamed for a wide range of conditions - for example, anemia has been linked to folic acid deficiency, and dermatitis and dementia to lack of niacin (vitamin B-3).

      WHOLE BLOOD MINERAL ANALYSIS: This is used to evaluate mineral levels in a blood sample. Optimal concentrations of 24 minerals are said to be necessary for the body to function correctly. Lack of zinc, for example, is linked to recurrent infections, and lack of calcium to disorders of the muscles and nervous system.

      BLOOD AMINO ACIDS TEST: Practitioners take a blood sample to determine levels of amino acids, which the body cannot produce by itself and must obtain from food. These include tryptophan, needed for the production of serotonin and other neurotransmitters involved in regulating mood and sleep.

    For more information about nutrients and their functions in the body, see the following link.

    MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics Index


    ELIMINATION DIET

    Patients are put on a diet of foods that are considered unlikely to cause a reaction. Once the symptoms fade, suspect food groups are reintroduced every 72 hours. Foods that bring the symptoms back are removed from the diet for at least six month; foods provoking a mild reaction can be eaten every four days. The technique is used to analyze how the digestive system as a whole reacts to food.

    An elimination diet of neutral foods.
    In an elimination diet, only "neutral" foods are eaten initially, such as cabbage, carrots, pears, rice, sunflower oil and seeds, lamb, and mineral water.


    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Detecting Your Hidden Food Allergies



    ELIMINATION DIET & FOOD CHALLENGE TEST

    The elimination diet and food challenge test are used to identify food allergies. The elimination diet involves removing specific foods or ingredients from your diet that you and your health care provider suspect may be causing your allergy symptoms. (Common allergy-causing foods are milk, eggs, nuts, wheat, and soy.) Your health care provider will supervise this diet over two to three weeks.

    During this time, you will need to carefully read food labels and find out about food preparation methods when dining out. You'll also need to keep a food diary to record the foods you are eating. If you remove a certain food and the symptoms go away while following this diet, your health care provider can usually identify that food as the cause of your problems.

    While following this diet, make sure you are eating other foods that provide the same nutrients as those you've eliminated (for example, try tofu-based foods instead of dairy products). A dietitian can help you plan meals that are healthful and nutritious without including the potentially allergenic foods.

    After following the elimination diet, your health care provider will ask you to gradually reintroduce the foods you were avoiding into your diet, one at a time. This process helps link symptoms to specific foods. You will need to carefully record any symptoms that occur when you eat each of these foods. If your symptoms return after eating the food, the diagnosis can usually be confirmed. You will be asked once again to eliminate the foods that have been identified as causing symptoms to see if the symptoms clear up. This is not a foolproof method. Psychological and physical factors can affect the diet's results. For example, if you think you're sensitive to a food, a response could occur that may not be a true allergic one.

    Before making significant changes in your diet, always seek the advice of your health care provider. If you randomly remove foods from your diet, you may not have a balanced diet and a lack of some nutrients can cause other health problems. You may also become frustrated because it may seem that everything you eat is causing a reaction.

    If you have had a severe (anaphylactic) reaction to certain foods, this method cannot be used.


    A CONTROLLED FOOD CHALLENGE

    In a controlled environment such as an intensive care hospital unit, the health care provider (usually a board-certified allergist) may conduct a food challenge test to determine if a food allergy exists or to confirm a suspected food allergy. A sample of the suspected offending food is given to the person unknowingly. The suspected offending food may be mixed with another food or may be disguised as an ingredient in another food. These food preparation techniques are used to prevent undue influence on the outcome of the test (if the person recognizes the food by sight or taste). Another method is to have the person take a capsule containing the allergen. This test is given under strict supervision. After eating the food or taking the capsule, the person is monitored to see if a reaction occurs.

    The ideal way to perform the food challenge test is as a "double-blind, placebo-controlled test." With this method, neither the allergist nor the allergy sufferer is aware of which capsule, or food, contains the suspected allergen. In order for the test to be effective, the person must also take capsules or eat food that does not contain the allergen. This will help the allergist make sure the reaction, if any, being observed is due to the allergen and not some other factor. Someone with a history of severe reactions cannot participate in a food challenge test. In addition, multiple food allergies are difficult to evaluate with this test.

    Since this test takes a lot of time to perform, it is costly and thus, done infrequently. This type of testing is generally used when the health care provider needs to confirm or eliminate specific food allergens.


    FOOD ALLERGY SELF-TEST


    Caution: Do not perform an Allergy Self-Test if you have potentially life-threatening or severe allergic responses to any substance. This test is for those individuals that may have only mild symptoms and need to identify and eliminate the substance from their environment or diet. For more severe allergic responses, testing should be done under the supervision of your allergist.


    If you suspect that you are allergic to a specific food, a simple test can help you determine if you are correct. By recording your pulse rate after consuming the food in question, you can reveal if you are having an allergic reaction. Using a watch with a second hand, sit down and relax for a few minutes. When completely relaxed, take your pulse at the wrist. Count the number of beats in a sixty-second period. A normal pulse reading is between 52 and 70 beats per minute for an adult with moderate athletic conditioning.

    AGE OF INDIVIDUAL
    NORMAL PULSE (HEART RATE) READINGS
    Newborn Infants
    100 to 160 beats per minute
    Children 1 to 10 Years
    70 to 120 beats per minute
    Children Over 10 Years
    60 to 100 beats per minute
    Adults
    60 to 100 beats per minute
    Well-Trained Athletes
    40 to 60 beats per minute


    After taking your pulse, consume the food that you are testing for an allergic reaction. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and take your pulse again. If your pulse rate has increased more than 10 beats per minute, omit this food from your diet for one month, and then retest yourself.

    For the purpose of this test, it is best to use the purest form of the suspect food available. For example, if you are testing yourself for an allergy to wheat, it is better to use a bit of plain cream of wheat cereal than to use wheat bread, which contains other ingredients besides wheat. This way you will know that whatever reaction you observe (or fail to observe), it is the wheat that is responsible.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Detecting Your Food Allergies



    FOOD ALLERGIES - A QUICK OVERVIEW

    Certain foods provoke a reaction in some people, which may be defined as an allergy or as an intolerance (see below). The symptoms of a food allergy are more sudden and severe than those of an intolerance. Allergies also differ from intolerances in that they are triggered by the immune system, which reacts to the food as though it were a harmful substance invading the body.

    SYMPTOMS

    Food allergies can trigger allergic disorders - allergic rhinitis, asthma, eczema, and hives - as well as indigestion and stomach cramps, diarrhea, and headaches.

    Symptoms can be mild, but for some people, an extreme reaction, known as anaphylaxis, can be caused by eating even a morsel of the allergen (the food that provokes the attack). Within minutes, a rash, wheezing, vomiting, and swelling of the lips, mouth, and tongue may develop. In severe cases, collapse (anaphylactic shock) can result, and even death. Not all anaphylactic reactions occur immediately; some may take several hours, but can be equally as violent as reactions of swifter onset.

    CAUSES

    Nuts - especially peanuts - cause some of the most extreme food allergies. One in 20 people with peanut allergy will also react to soy, peas, and beans. Other common culprits include dairy products (lactose intolerance); gluten (Celiac disease; eggs; fish, especially cod, sole, and smoked fish; shellfish; preservatives (such as sulfite allergies), especially benzoic acid; colorings, particularly tartrazine; and other additives.




    CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT

    A skin-prick test or RAST will usually identify an allergen. Anaphylaxis is treated with injections of cortisone and epinephrine.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Detecting Your Hidden Food Allergies

    SELF-HELP

    A food allergy generally lasts for life, so it is important to avoid the foods that are responsible. Those at risk of anaphylaxis should take meticulous care with their diet, particularly when eating out, and should wear a medical alert tag.

    Cautions: Call 9-1-1 or an ambulance immediately if you suspect an anaphylactic reaction. Consult with your health care provider if any of the following symptoms develop an hour or two after a meal:
    • Itching or swelling in the mouth or over the whole body.
    • Nausea.
    • Stomach pains.
    • Sneezing, a runny nose.
    • Diarrhea.
    • Weakness in the muscles.

    COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENTS FOR FOOD ALLERGIES

    A food allergy may be a contributing factor in several conditions such as eczema, which are often broadly termed "allergic", but the specific cause may be more difficult to pin down. In these situations, complementary methods focus on "detoxifying" and strengthening the digestive system, improving the elimination processes, and increasing over-all well-being.

  • Yoga: Mild or undiagnosed food allergies can disturb digestive processes and cause a general feeling of malaise. To help support the digestion, yoga teachers may emphasize postures (asanas) such as the Half Shoulderstand or the Relaxation pose, and breathing exercises (pranayama).

  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information: Touch & Movement Therapy - Yoga

  • Naturopathy: To pinpoint the cause of a mild food allergy, a practitioner may advocate the skin-prick test or RAST, but is more likely to suggest an elimination diet. You will be advised to cut out all suspect foods from the diet for at least 2 weeks, or until there are signs of improvement. Once symptoms are no longer present, you reintroduce foods one by one, stopping if any of them causes a reaction.


  • Practitioners may also recommend undertaking occasional juice-and-water fasts and raw-foods diets to help eliminate waste products from the body.

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    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Detecting Your Hidden Food Allergies
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  • Homeopathy: The homeopathic practitioner's approach will be guided by your particular constitutional type and the symptoms of your allergy. "Homeopathic immuno-therapy" may be recommended. This is a form of treatment in which you take extremely diluted preparations that have been made from the relevant allergen.

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  • Western Herbalism: To complement an elimination diet, herbalists may recommend Slippery Elm and Marshmallow to soothe the digestive tract, Dandelion root to support the liver, Hops, Buckbean (also called BogBean or Menyanthes trifoliata - unable to find herbs resources for this herb), and White Horehound to stimulate digestion, and Echinacea and Red Clover to strengthen the immune system. Astringent herbs such as Calendula and Goldenseal may be prescribed if damage to the gut will be suspected. Nettle soup may be suggested to calm the allergic response. See Holistic and Herbal Recommendations further down on this page for more information and general recommendations for allergies.


  • Caution: Do not take Goldenseal during pregnancy or if you have high blood pressure. Do not take hops if you have clinical depression.

    MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information: Medicinal Therapy - Western Herbalism

  • Nutritional Therapy: Nutritional supplements to boost the body's regenerative powers will be advised. These may include Selenium and Zinc to support the immune system, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5), thought to have antihistamine effect, Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant, and Magnesium and Manganese, said to be deficient in some people with food allergies. See Holistic and Herbal Recommendations further down on this page for more information and general recommendations for allergies.


  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information: Medicinal Therapy - Nutritional Therapies

  • Clinical Ecology: Practitioners are controversial diagnostic methods, including cytotoxic tests, pulse testing, hair analysis, Vega testing, and applied kinesiology. Many researchers and conventional health care practitioners doubt their accuracy. Treatment may take the form of Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization (EPD), in which an enzyme and a dilute mixture of common allergens are injected into the patient. This is said to work by "reprogramming" white blood cells that have been reacting unnecessarily to food substances.


  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information: Medicinal Therapy - Clinical Ecology

  • Relaxation & Breathing: Hyperventilation (rapid breathing) stimulates the release of the chemical histamine. Learning to regulate breathing can help reduce the severity of the allergic response.


  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information: Mind & Emotion Therapy - Relaxation & Breathing


    FOOD SENSITIVITIES - A QUICK OVERVIEW

    Unlike food allergies, food intolerances do not appear to produce IgE antibodies in the body. Some intolerances seen to disappear if the food is avoided for a few months, and people often report cravings for the very foods to which they are sensitive.

    SYMPTOMS

    While their is much debate over the symptoms, those most often linked with intolerances include
    CAUSES

    Apart from conditions related to deficiencies in enzymes (such as lactase, needed to digest milk), many health care providers find the idea of food intolerance unconvincing. But according to practitioners of nutritional medicine, factors such as stress, "dysbiosis" - the overgrowth of unfriendly gut bacteria (candidiasis), and "liver congestion" may result in poor digestion, causing toxins to "leak" into the blood (Crohn's Disease). This in turn is said to cause ill-effects elsewhere in the body.

    stress and food intolerances


    STRESS & FOOD INTOLERANCES

    Inability to cope with stress is thought to contribute to poor digestion. The undigested food irritates the gut wall, causing it to become "leaky". Food molecules and toxic substances are believed to pass through to the bloodstream, affecting the liver, kidneys, and ultimately the immune system, leaving the body vulnerable to illness.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Crohn's Disease (With Information About Leaky Gut)

    CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT

    Those health care providers who do accept that food intolerances play a part in at least some cases of long-term illness usually suggest an elimination diet to identify the culprit food.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergies
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Detecting Your Hidden Food Allergies

    allergy skin testing
    Skin Prick Test

    Some practitioners use a modified skin-prick test to identify the intolerance.


    COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENTS

    With such a wide range of symptoms, food intolerance is notoriously difficult to diagnose. A battery of tests (see above) helps practitioners pinpoint the culprit food. Stress appears to make food intolerance worse, and counseling and mind/body techniques may improve the ability to cope.

  • Naturopathy: According to naturopaths, inadequate digestion causes irritation of the gut lining. Incompletely digested food molecules (see above) eventually permeate the mucous membrane. The naturopath will almost certainly advocate an elimination diet, in which suspect food groups are cut out for two weeks or until there is some sign of improvement. Initially, symptoms may sometimes get worse, but if they subsequently improve, foods are reintroduced one by one and stopped if there is a reaction. Research published in The Lancet in 1985 suggested that elimination diets relieved symptoms in people.


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  • Nutritional Therapies: According to practitioners, the "leaky" gut that results from irritation caused by poorly digested food leads in turn to loss of essential nutrients, especially Magnesium and Zinc. Treatment is tailored to the individual, but recommended nutritional supplements may include:

  • If dysbiosis is a problem: Combined with live yogurt. All of these contain beneficial bacteria to normalize gut flora may be suggested. See Holistic & Herbal Recommendations further down on this page for more information and general recommendations for allergies.

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  • Clinical Ecology: Practitioners say that anyone eating an average Western-style diet is likely to ingest over 100 synthetic chemicals a day in food and water, and that these can encourage food intolerances. A number of controversial diagnostic tests may help identify the culprit; in addition, a practitioner will devise an elimination diet. You may also be advised to filter tap water and take antioxidant supplements. The practitioner may suggest an EPD injection or a treatment called provocation neutralization, in which a tiny amount of the irritant food is injected as a vaccine.

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  • Psychotherapy & Counseling: Stress and emotional problems seem to play a role in triggering food intolerances. People may also become obsessed by their ailment, conditioning themselves to expect symptoms. Psychotherapy and counseling may help them to "unlearn" these responses.

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  • Relaxation & Breathing: Symptoms attributed to food intolerances appear to be made worse by stress, and many people who have intolerances also have difficulty in coping with stress. Some also tend to hyperventilate (breathe too rapidly). Stress management techniques may be used to promote deep, slow breathing, reduce muscle tension, and relieve anxiety.

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    CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL OPINION

    Conventional health care providers consider the elimination diet to be conclusive evidence of allergies and intolerances, but it is demanding for the patient. The accuracy of cytotoxic testing is seen as questionable; in a recent study, it identified substances that subjects had never eaten. The ELISA test is thought to be more reliable than cytotoxic testing in the diagnosis of food intolerances, but is expensive to administer. Many conventional health care providers question whether the nutritional deficiencies said to be identified in vitamin and mineral tests have any bearing on patients' real medical problems.

    Note: Most conventional medical practitioners are not educated about nutrition and nutritional therapy. What they do not know, they often do not understand and support. If you have allergies or intolerances, it is recommended you consider seeking out a good allergist to consult with about your condition. Become informed about medications that may be prescribed. There are many pros and cons to medicinal therapy and many of the drugs have serious side effects associated with them. If you can control your allergies and sensitivities through diet, this is always a preferred choice over drug therapy.


    TREATMENT CONSIDERATIONS

    The surest way to prevent an allergic reaction is to stay away from the allergen in question. This is possible for some types of allergies - such as foods - but other allergens, such as pollen, may be impossible to avoid. A number of remedies moderate the immune response and help to prevent allergic reactions. Treatments can also be applied externally to the skin for symptomatic relief of itching or rashes.

    REDUCE DAIRY INTAKE

    In allergy sufferers, dairy products can inhibit breathing and increase mucus. Try to cut down on the amount of dairy products in your diet, especially if you have asthma.

    TRY A SWEAT BATH

    Raising your body temperature in a hot bath has a fever-like effect, helping to purge the body of toxins. Fill a tub with hot water (about 97°F). Immerse yourself completely, leaving only your mouth and nose above the surface. Over the next 30 minutes, add hot water from time to time until the temperature reaches about 100°-102°F. Periodically rub your body with a brush. Afterward, take a cold shower, lie in bed and drink plenty of fluids. Warning: If you have heart or circulatory problems, are taking cortisone or are pregnant, take this bath only under medical supervision.

    HELP FROM CAYENNE PEPPER

    Cayenne Pepper contains an anti-inflammatory substance called Capsaicin, which may help relieve allergies. Sprinkle liberal amounts of Cayenne Pepper on your food for a few days. Drinking a Cayenne cocktail can help to clean out mucus in the body. A Cayenne Cocktail can be made from tomato or vegetable juice (such as V-8) and adding 1/2 to a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to a cup of juice. Heat the juice in a microwave or on the stove to make a hot drink. Do not boil. Fresh garlic and/or horseradish may be added, if desired to the cocktail for an extra boost. Drink while hot. Guaranteed to open up sinuses and heat the body up. This is also great for colds and flu symptoms. Contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A and other antioxidants. Cayenne Pepper contains beta-carotene; beta-ionone, citric acid, hesperidin, imonen, lutein, and quercetin just to name a few. It also contains capsaicin, which reduces pain and inflammation. When combined with other herbs, Cayenne Pepper helps increase their effectiveness by helping them enter the blood stream faster.


    Extra Tip


    - If you are susceptible to allergies, regularly cleanse the body of allergens and toxins with a juice fast. Drink nothing but preservative-free herb and vegetable juices for 2 to 5 days. This will help flush out waste products and stimulate healing.


    ALLERGY CONCERNS

  • IgE is an antibody formed by the body as part of an allergic response to a food substance (or any other substance that initiates an allergic response). If IgE is present in your lung tissue, it frequently causes symptoms such as shortness of breath or asthma. If present in the skin, it can cause hives. If IgE is present in the wall of the intestinal tract, it can result in severe pain, gas, or bloating. IgE can be present anywhere in the body, causing severe problems. Even healthy natural foods can have an adverse effect if you are allergic to them.

  • Cerebral allergies can cause swelling of the lining of the brain. Entire food families can cause such allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Recurrent headaches, or schizophrenic, violent, or aggressive reactions can be an indicator of cerebral allergy. Foods such as corn, wheat, rice, milk, chocolate, and certain food additives, are the most common offenders.

  • Research reports that taking aspirin before consuming an allergenic food makes it possible for more of the allergy-provoking food to be absorbed. In contrast, taking Aerobic Bulk Cleanse from Aerobic Life Industries combined with Aloe Vera Juice may slow the absorption of foods that cause a reaction. Taking Oat Bran or Guar Gum in the morning works in the same way. Wheat Bran is not recommended as a source of fiber for allergy prone individuals because wheat is highly allergenic.

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  • Research is being conducted on the ability of Coenzyme Q-10 to counter histamine for asthma and allergy sufferers.

  • Steroidal nasal sprays can be very effective for allergies and are less expensive than many prescription medications. These sprays, however, do not relieve itchiness of the eyes. They generally need up to 10 days to become effective, so it is advisable to begin taking them about a week prior to hay fever season. Be sure to check first with your health care provider before using them, as recent studies suggest a possible link between steroid nasal sprays and the development of glaucoma - a concern for older adults.

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  • Plants produce oxygen as a normal part of their growth and living process, and help to remove pollutants from indoor air. Some plants suggested for his purpose include areca palm, bamboo palm, Boston fern, dracaena, dwarf date plant, English ivy, ficus alii, lady palm, peace lily, rubber plant, and spider plant.

  • Acupressure and acupuncture have had some success in relieving allergy symptoms. Acupuncture has been touted as an extremely helpful technique in restoring the immune system and thus relieving allergies. Acupressure, if used as soon as you begin having an allergic reaction, apply firm pressure to the center of the webbing of your hand - between your thumb and index finger. Take some slow, deep breaths. Maintain this constant, steady pressure for a minimum of 2 minutes, and then apply the same simple technique on your other hand.

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  • Many allergy sufferers are turning to homeopathic remedies to combat allergy symptoms. Homeopathic treatments can readjust the immune system and alleviate symptoms of allergies. They work with the body's natural functions to shut off the allergic response instead of masking symptoms. Combination remedies are often the easiest way to use homeopathy for allergies.

  • Specific remedies include Apis Mellifica in a potency of 10X and Rhus Toxicodendron 6X for inflammatory skin rashes and Sabadilla 4X for hay fever.

    BioAllers has a line of homeopathic combination remedies designed for specific allergies including:
    • Animal Hair / Dander
    • Grain / Dairy
    • Grass Pollen
    • Mold / Yeast / Dust
    • Pollen / Hayfever
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    • Poison Oak / Poison Ivy

  • Quercetin, found in apples, berries, grapefruit, onions, cabbage, tea, and red wine, is a potent flavonoid. Recently, researchers at the Nippon Medical School in Japan found seasonal allergy sufferers taking it had a 96 percent decrease in histamine release. Quercetin is better absorbed when taken with bromelain, an enzyme mix normally found in fresh pineapple, For allergies, try taking one 500 mg capsule along with 100 mg Bromelain and 500 mg Vitamin C with meals, twice daily.


  • TO HEAL SKIN REACTIONS

  • Herbal Extracts Various plants or herbal extracts can be added to bathwater or applied via compresses to relieve allergic skin reactions. For instance, Oak Bark or Witch Hazel Extracts are effective against oozing eczema and other skin inflammations. Burning and itching rashes are quickly relieved by adding Oatmeal or Oat Bran to baths.

  • Chamomile Compress Soak a compress in Chamomile, which is thought to have anti-inflammatory agents, and apply to the skin to alleviate swelling.

  • Climate Therapy Take relaxing breaks by the ocean or up in the mountains to promote healing and provide relief from allergy-related skin complaints.

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    ALLERGY HERBAL & HOLISTIC THERAPY

    HERBS

    EPHEDRA (MA HUANG) FOR NASAL & CHEST CONGESTION

  • Ephedra (Ma Huang) is good for relieving nasal and chest congestion. Caution: Do not use this herb if you suffer from anxiety, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or insomnia, or if you are taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drug for depression.

  • If you have no history of heart disease or high blood pressure, you may drink up to 3 cups of Ephedra tea (or capsules) daily during an attack. Do not use Ephedra extensively if you have high blood pressure, or if it makes you feel nauseous. In an emergency attack, a small amount of Ephedra can be used. Ephedra is the basis for the drug ephedrine, commonly used in pharmaceutical allergy and asthma medications. It was used in folk remedies for 5,000 years before it was "discovered" by pharmaceutical companies in 1923.

    GOLDENSEAL ROOT ABSORPTION AID

  • Goldenseal Root aids absorption of nutrients. Caution: Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a health care provider's supervision.

  • Goldenseal root is considered to be an effective broad spectrum antibiotic and fungicide, as well as astringent and anti-inflammatory actions, effective agains a wide range of topical and internal infections of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary tracts. It is very much in demand worldwide. Its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties have led researchers to study goldenseal root as a possible alternative to chemical antibiotics. Goldenseal also appears to promote healthy glandular function, and may have a tonic and detoxifying effect on the entire system. Goldenseal boosts the immune system, helps with colds, flu, infection, inflammation, heals mucus membranes, helps digestion problems. Topically it has been used for skin and eye infections (such as conjunctivitis and blepharitis), as a mouthwash for soothing canker sores, and as a tea for diarrhea, upper respiratory and vaginal infections. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic actions, it is useful for cleaning wounds, reducing hemorrhoids, and alleviate skin infections (including ringworm and athlete's foot). The two primary alkaloids in goldenseal are hydrastine and berberine, along with smaller amounts of canadine. They have demonstrated antimicrobial effects against a wide range of bacteria, protozoa, and fungi, including Chlamydia species, E. coli, Salmonella typhi, Candida albicans and Entamoeba histolytica. Suggested Usage: Take 1/4 teaspoon or less, in water or juice, 2 times per day. Maximum Usage: 5 consecutive days. Store in cool, dark place. Keep out of reach of children. Not for long-term use. Do not take while pregnant because berberine can stimulate contractions. Goldenseal may raise blood pressure and may not be suitable for people with high blood pressure (may use Myrrh as a substitute).

    BENEFICIAL HERBS FOR ALLERGIES

  • Other herbs that can be beneficial for allergies include Burdock, Dandelion, and Echinacea.

  • YERBA MATE FOR ALLERGY RELIEF

  • For relief of allergic symptoms, take 2 to 3 teaspoons of Yerba Mate in 16 ounces of hot water on an empty stomach. Yerba Mate is a lightly stimulating beverage from South America that has a mild amount of caffeine with just the right kick.

  • ESSENTIAL OIL HOUSE REFRESHENER SPRAY

  • Spray the house after cleaning with a mixture of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Juniper Berry Essential Oil, and water.

  • ALLERGY SEASON DIETARY SUGGESTIONS

  • During periods of attack, munch on Parsley and Celery sticks. Eat Brown Rice, Bananas, Almonds, peas, kidney beans, lima beans, and tofu. Cook with Garlic and Onions. Sprinkle your salads with Sage. Add Molasses and Honey as sweeteners to whatever you can. TakeSpirulina supplements.

  • ALLERGY COUGH RELIEF

  • To stop allergic coughing symptoms, take 2 capsules or teacups of Mullein and Yerba Santa every 4 hours, along with 2 to 4 cups of Kava Kava and Blue Vervain per day. You may add the Yerba Santa, Mullein, Kava Kava and Vervain to any other tea formula you are using for the day. (Whenever you are drinking a lot of different herbs in a tea, add a full teaspoon of each herb, making the tea stronger, rather than mixing the herbs together and using only one teaspoon per cup. Drink two to three cups of the strong tea.)

  • If the coughing is extreme and uncontrollable, add 1 teaspoon Lobelia, 1 teaspoon Ephedra, and 1 teaspoon Valerian to a tea bag. Steep 10 minutes. Sip slowly. Plan to take a nap afterwards. Do not do this any more than once a day for 3 or 4 days. The Lobelia has antispasmodic properties to soothe coughing reflexes, the Ephedra helps to open the bronchial airways, and the Valerian helps with anxiety while promoting relaxation.

  • Chew on Chinese Licorice sticks between doses. Keep away from stressful situations. Rest until the episode is over. Be sure the allergen is not near you.

  • ALLERGIC SNEEZING & SNIFFLE RELIEF

  • To stop allergic sneezing and sniffling, take 3 capsules of Garlic and Cayenne (Capsicum) powder with 4 capsules of Ginkgo Biloba, 3 times a day. Sip a tea of Yerba Santa whenever possible.

  • ALLERGIC HIVES & SWELLING RELIEF

  • To relieve allergic hives and swelling, drink 3 cups of herbal tea made with 1 teaspoon Ephedra, 1 teaspoon Echinacea, 1 teaspoon Valerian, 1 teaspoon Mullein, and 1 teaspoon Goldenseal added. You may use the same herbs to brew all 3 cups of tea. Take a hot bath with 1 pound of Baking Soda or Epsom Salts added to the water. You may want to induce vomiting using 3 cups of Lobelia tea. After vomiting, drink a cup of Peppermint tea. Clear the toxins out of the blood with an enema every morning and a three day fast of just water and fruit juices. Apply moistened Baking Soda or Epsom Salts to the itching areas.

  • BREATHING PROBLEM RELIEF

  • To relieve breathing problems: Mix together 4 teaspoons Ephedra, 1 teaspoon Licorice root powder, 2 teaspoons Mullein, 1 teaspoon Yerba Santa, 1/2 teaspoon Ginkgo Biloba, 1/2 teaspoon Gotu Kola. Put this into pill capsules or brew into a tea. If the sufferer is a child, make a syrup out of it by cooking 1 cup tea with 1 cup Honey until the liquid boils down into a syrup. Cool and bottle the syrup and use it by teaspoonfuls. Use a dark-colored, sterilized bottle with a cork in it. Refrigerate or keep in a dark, cool place until needed. Do not make a habit out of taking this. A week is enough. Take a rest of 3 weeks before you take it again.

  • DISINFECTING SPRAY

  • To disinfect the sick room or whole house where an allergic person lives: In addition to air filters on your heating system and cleaning of air conditioning ducts annually, fill a spray bottle with water and add Juniper Essential Oil and Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Clean the room thoroughly first, then spray like an aerosol wherever the affected person will be. This will help to keep allergens settled and out of the nasal passages. Dust is often a trigger for allergic reactions.

  • To make a nose spray: Put 1 tablespoon Ephedra in 1 pint boiling water. Steep 30 minutes.

  • MOUTHWASH FOR HAYFEVER SEASON

  • To make a mouthwash for gargling: Put 1 heaping tablespoon of Salt in 1 pint warm water. Add a dropperful of Goldenseal and Milk Thistle tincture. Use as a gargle during hay fever season. Do not use all year long.

  • HAY FEVER CAPSULES

  • To make "hay fever" pills: Mix 2 parts Eyebright, 1 part Goldenseal, 1 part Mullein, and 1/2 part Nettles. Put into capsules. Take 2 capsules of "hay fever" pills plus 2 capsules of Garlic and Cayenne (Capsicum) twice a day with plain, nonfat and non-sugared yogurt. Sweeten the yogurt with Blackstrap Molasses and Banana slices. Often dairy products are an allergen, but yogurt is an exception. If yogurt is an allergen for you, substitute cold Brown Rice sweetened with Molasses and Banana slices.

  • MOUTHWASH FOR HAYFEVER SEASON

  • To stop an acute asthma attack if medical assistance is not available: Quickly drink 3 cups of Black Coffee. Surprisingly, Coffee is a specific medication for asthma.


  • IT'S HAYFEVER SEASON AGAIN!
    By Sue Frederick

    It is spring again. The birds sing familiar melodies, and you sing your familiar refrain: achoo! achoo! If hayfever is clouding your springtime revelry, herbs might help.



    Which city is the hayfever capital of the U.S.?   New York.

    To get a daily pollen forecast for your area, log on to The Weather Channel at www.weather.com/weather/maps/

    I can always tell when spring is on the way here in the Boston, Massachusetts region of New England. I always begin my sneezing attacks about mid-February and I know pollen is soon to follow, whether it be tree, grass or flower. It happens every year, regardless of the tall snow banks outside my windows. I know under all that snow, little spring flower bulbs are beginning to wake up and will be sprouting their little blossoms very soon and we will be covered with tree pollen like yellowishgreen snow. It is the beginning of hayfever season for me which will last me until the first frost of the following Autumn or early Winter. It is time to get out the antihistamines and tissue. - MoonDragon.org Webmistress

    Many people barely enjoy a lovely spring day. Their immune system goes overboard responding to airborne pollens. Indeed, itchy, watery eyes; runny nose; sneezing; and inflamed sinuses make being outside a miserable experience for hayfever sufferers. And there are many of them: Hayfever affects 20 percent of Americans, making it the sixth most common chronic illness in the United States.

    Known medically as allergic rhinitis, hayfever is an allergy that occurs when our immune system attacks invading airborne plant proteins and binds them to an antibody produced in the body called IgE (immunoglobulin E). The IgE-antigen complex then binds to white blood cells called mast cells. This binding causes the release of histamine, a chemical produced in the body, which results in familiar hayfever symptoms.

    Any substance that causes an allergy such as hayfever is called an allergen. Ragweed pollen accounts for about 75 percent of hayfever in the United States. If hayfever develops in the spring, it is usually due to tree pollen. If it develops in the summer, grass and weed pollen are probably to blame. Many people also develop hayfever in response to mold or fungus spores, which commonly occur any time from mid-March to November.

    The first approach to treating hayfever is to reduce the airborne allergens you are exposed to, either by staying indoors or moving to another location. If these alternatives are not possible, the next step is developing healthy habits such as eating a diet of whole grains and fresh vegetables, lowering or eliminating alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking, and reducing stress. In addition, a good air filter in your home or office space will help lower pollen levels. All these steps can help reduce your IgE levels, according to Michael Murray, N.D., author of Natural Alternatives to Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs (William Morrow & Co.). When you have done what you can to prevent hayfever episodes, but you are still suffering, herbs such as Ephedra, Eyebright and Nettles can help relieve symptoms. Consult with a health care practitioner before using herbs to treat your symptoms.



    BREATHE EASIER WITH EPHEDRA

    The Chinese have used the dried stems of the Ephedra plant, called Ma Huang, for at least 5,000 years to treat hayfever, colds and other inflammatory conditions. From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, Ma Huang facilitates the movement of lung qi and controls wheezing. (Pronounced "chee", qi is the body's vital energy.) Ma Huang is considered hot, bitter and warming, and its functions are to induce sweat, smooth breathing and promote urine excretion. Ephedra contains many active compounds, including small amounts of essential oil and one to two percent alkaloids composed mainly of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.


    Ephedra (Ma Huang) helps to dilate bronchial tubes, makes breathing easier, and reduces symptoms of itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing.


    Researchers first isolated ephedrine in 1923 and found that it affected the body similarly to adrenaline. It helped dilate the bronchial tubes and allowed asthmatics to breathe more easily. However, it soon became clear that ephedrine had dangerous side effects. Although the alkaloids in ephedra can benefit the body when used in appropriate doses, over-use can increase blood pressure and heart rate, resulting in insomnia and anxiety. This is true of the whole herb as well. Safe dosages are critical, say experts. Several states have recently passed laws and/or issued regulations controlling the sale of products containing ephedra alkaloids due to concerns about safe dosages, especially in stimulant pills, which have become popular among people trying to lose weight. The FDA proposed a rule that would limit the maximum daily dosage of ephedra alkaloids to 24 mg per day, equivalent to three doses of 8 mg each (Federal Register, June 1997, vol. 62).

    Taken in safe amounts, however, Ephedra can dramatically reduce symptoms of watery, itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing. A 1985 study indicates that ephedrine, along with ephedra's other constituents, inhibits tissue swelling. Researchers found that the anti-inflammatory action of ephedra is exerted at the early stage of inflammation. Additionally, it seems ephedra's alkaloids inhibit the formation of inflammatory prostaglandins (Planta Medica, 1985, vol. 4).

    The sinuses are often involved in allergic reactions. The tissues lining air-filled cavities above, below and behind your eyes can swell, blocking the outlets of the sinuses to the nose. Mucus buildup in the sinuses can cause headaches, while mucus draining from the back of the nose into the throat can irritate the throat. Ephedra is a proven, effective decongestant because its active constituents, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, help constrict peripheral blood vessels, thereby relieving congestion in swollen tissues and allowing the sinuses to drain.

    Because ephedra acts as a stimulant, long-term use can tax the adrenals. Also, ephedra has strong central nervous system effects, and its actions are almost identical to amphetamine, only at one-fifth the potency. Do not use ephedra if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid or heart disorders, are pregnant, or if you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) 1- a type of antidepressant.

    EYE-SOOTHING EYEBRIGHT

    Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) was used by ancient Greeks to treat eye infections. The name euphrasia is derived from the Greek euphrosyne, which means "gladness." It is believed the name was given to the plant because Eyebright induced happiness by facilitating sight. Today, the United Plant Savers, an organization dedicated to protecting endangered medicinal plants, has placed Eyebright on its "to watch" list as the plant's numbers in the wild are dwindling. Eyebright contains tannins, iridoid glycosides, the flavonoids quercetin and rutin, vitamin C, essential fatty acids, the glycoside aucuboside, caffeic and ferulic acids, sterols, choline, some basic compounds, and a volatile oil.


    Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) helps decrease inflammation and soothes burning or tired eyes associated with hayfever.


    There has been no significant scientific research into the merits of Eyebright. None of its chemical components has been associated with a significant therapeutic effect, and there are no known controlled human studies to evaluate its effectiveness in treating eye irritations. Yet, Eyebright remains in high esteem among Western herbalists because it seems to soothe burning or tired eyes, often a result of hayfever. Eyebright has cooling and detoxifying properties that make it useful for inflammations, especially of the eyes and sinuses, notes Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., author of The Way of Herbs (Pocket Books).

    According to herbalist Ed Smith of Williams, Oregon, Eyebright contains flavonoids (plant pigments) that specifically affect mucous membranes in the eyes and nasal passages. "The flavonoids in Eyebright are anti-inflammatory and stabilize mast cells," he says. These cells are present in the tissues lining the nasal passages and are responsible for reactions to allergens. When you breathe in pollen, your body responds with inflammation, burning eyes and runny nose. Inflammation increases your sensitivity to pollen, which then intensifies the inflammation. "Eyebright can help break this allergy cycle," Smith explains.

    Folk medicine has long advised use of Eyebright compresses applied to irritated eyes. However, the German Commission E monographs, a compendium of German regulations on herbal use in that country, advises against using compresses because their use may not be helpful, and the dried herb from which the tea is made may contain contaminants. In addition, German studies suggest that drops of Eyebright tincture placed directly in the eye may cause significant side effects that include tearing, itching, redness and swelling of the eyelids.

    STOP A RUNNY NOSE WITH NETTLES

    Brushing up against an adult Stinging Nettle plant will probably make a lasting impression on you. The needle-like hairs of Nettles will sting your skin like a swarm of fire ants. Derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for "needle," the Nettle (Urtica dioica) has been regarded as a powerful medicinal herb for centuries.


    Nettles (Urtica dioica) helps treat nasal and respiratory problems, including coughs, runny nose and chest congestion.


    Today, Nettles is recognized for being high in Vitamin C and trace minerals and as a rich source of Chlorophyll. Constituents include histamine, formic acid, chlorophyll, glucoquinine and iron. In one clinical study, researchers noted that freeze-dried Stinging Nettles relieved allergy symptoms in more than half of the participating patients. Indeed, 58 percent of the participants taking study doses of freeze-dried Nettles for one week experienced reduced symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis (Planta Medica, 1990, vol. 56).

    Do not be surprised that Nettle does, in fact, help relieve allergy symptoms, says James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy (Rodale). For centuries, cultures around the world have used this herb to treat nasal and respiratory troubles, including coughs, runny nose and chest congestion.

    Stinging Nettle's diuretic activity has been the subject of a number of German studies. In 1989, German researchers reported that Nettles root showed anti-inflammatory effects in animal trials and that it stimulated human lymphocytes in vitro (in a test tube) (Planta Medica, 1989, vol. 55).

    Toxic effects such as gastric irritation, burning skin sensation, edema and urine suppression from drinking Nettle tea have been recorded. Nettles also stimulates uterine contractions in animal studies, therefore pregnant women should not take this herb internally without consulting with their midwife.



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    SNEEZE EASERS

    To reduce hayfever attacks, naturopathic physicians recommend:

  • Large doses of Vitamin C, a natural antihistamine, during hayfever season. Vitamin C is considered to be a natural antihistamine because it inhibits the release of histamine by mast cells. Good sources of Vitamin C include red bell peppers, kale, kiwi fruit, orange or grapefruit juice, broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, papaya and strawberries.

  • A Multivitamin and Multimineral supplement to enhance immunity.

  • Quercetin, a Bioflavonoid shown to relieve or prevent hayfever.

  • Drinking an 8-ounce glass of water followed by a pinch of Salt on the tongue every 15 to 30 minutes until symptoms subside.

  • Reducing consumption of mucus-producing dairy products.

  • Adding a few drops of a congestion-clearing essential oil such as Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Sage Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil to 2 cups of boiling water and inhaling.

  • A week-long Blood Cleansing and/or Colon Cleansing program involving Fasting Therapy, taking in only water, fruit and vegetable juices and no solid food (as hayfever can be linked to food sensitivity).

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    RECOMMENDED HERBAL PRODUCTS

    BLUE VERVAIN: Blue Vervain is used to treat jaundice, asthma, congestion, bronchitis, colds, fever, and flu. As an expectorant it helps loosen the expel phlegm from the throat and chest. Blue Vervain also acts as a sudorific, or agent that promotes sweating and thereby cools the body and reduces fevers. It clears congestion when there is wheezing. Blue Vervain is a mild laxative and has the overall effect of inducing relaxation. This herb has also been used as an analgesic to relieve earache, afterbirth pain, headache, intestinal cramps, and it promotes digestion. The standard dosage when taking a Blue Vervain tincture is 1/2 teaspoonful diluted in a glass of water, 3 times a day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions. Blue Vervain is bitter, and while it stimulates digestion, it can cause vomiting when taken in high doses. Taken in the recommended doses, Blue Vervain is regarded as safe; however, safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

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  • BURDOCK ROOT: Burdock Root is used as a food and medicine in cultures all over the world. It is traditionally used for skin disorders associated with adolescence. Burdock combines well with Red Clover, Yellow Dock, and Dandelion. Uses: Acne; Athlete's Foot; Blood; Bursitis; Calcium Deposits; Disinfectant; Eczema; Gangrene; Gout; Itching; Osteoporosis; Poison Ivy/Oak; Psoriasis; Rheumatism; Skin Disorders; Skin Irritations; & Swelling. Burdock comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. A standard dose of Burdock is 1 to 2 grams of powdered dry root 3 times per day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions. Burdock works well when combined with Yellow Dock, Red CloverCleavers.

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  • CAYENNE (Capsicum): Cayenne Pepper contains beta-carotene; beta-ionone, citric acid, hesperidin, limonen, lutein, and quercetin just to name a few. It also contains capsaicin, which reduces pain and inflammation. When combined with other herbs, Cayenne Pepper helps increase their effectiveness by helping them enter the blood stream faster. Capsaicin can also stimulate and then desensitize the warmth detectors in the hypothalamus gland so that a drop in body temperature is evident. This enables natives in hot southern climates like Central and South America and Africa, to tolerate the heat a lot better than we would. Cayenne Pepper has been known for its ability to aid in digestion, improve circulation, and reduce or stop bleeding from stomach ulcers. Taken internally it stimulates circulation and induces sweating to breed a fever. Some native people of Thailand believe that eating Cayenne everyday helps reduce blood cots. Herbalists recommend it to treat colds and infectious diarrhea, arthritis and rheumatism. There is scientific evidence that suggests adding Cayenne Pepper to meals boosts vitamin C levels and revs up the metabolism. This pepper is also used with Lobelia to help soothe nerves. It is beneficial for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. In naturopathic medicine, Cayenne Pepper is combined with Lemon juice, and Salt to relieve even the worst sore throat pain for up to 4 hours. It also fights viral infection. When applied topically in a lotion or salve Cayenne works to soothe muscle aches and pains associated with arthritis, rheumatism, backache, strains and sprains. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Capsaicin for pain caused by shingles, an adult disease that is caused by the virus that causes chicken pox in children. Such over-the-counter (OTC) creams as Zostrix or Heet contain capsaicin and are applied externally to treat rheumatic and arthritic pains, cluster headaches, diabetic foot pain, fibromyalgia, and post-herpetic nerve pain. These creams usually contain 0.025 to 0.075 percent capsaicin. In 2002 there was some research done that helped to determine Capsaicin's pain relieving effects. Creams that contain the compound lowered pain in arthritis sufferers' hands by 40 percent when used four times a day. A study done for pain from long-term shingles found that 77 percent of the people had reduced pain after using the cream for four months. The study also said that Capsaicin containing ream is less expensive and safer than other painkillers used for the same conditions. Cayenne Pepper comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For taking capsules, the recommended daily dose is 1 capsule 2 to 3 times a day. Adults and children two and above can safely use it topically 3 to 4 times a day. For treating a sore throat, combine the juice of one-half lemon or lime with one full tablespoon of salt. Stir both into one-half cup of lukewarm distilled water. Stir in one-quarter teaspoon of Cayenne pepper. Gargle as needed, but do not swallow.

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  • CHINESE LICORICE: Chinese licorice mainly comes from Glycyrrhiza uralensis. It is found in dry grassy plains, and sunny mountainsides from much of northern China, especially the Asian steppes to the west. Most of the supply comes from northwest China. Chinese licorice have been well studied. Up to 24 percent of the root weight is glycyrrhizin, the plant's major active component. Glycyrrhizin (also known as glycyrrhizic acid) is an extremely sweet glycoside, which foams in water. Glycyrrhizin has also shown estrogenic activity in laboratory animals, and is experimentally anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, and antibacterial. In China, licorice root is used as an antacid.

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  • COLTSFOOT: Coltsfoot is one of the most widely used herbs for the treatment of coughs and other lung complaints, and is the basis for many of the herbal cough preparations sold in Europe. The chemical constituents have expectorant, anti-tussive, anti-spasmodic, demulcent, anti-catarrhal and diuretic properties, making coltsfoot extremely helpful in the case of racking coughs such as those that accompany chest colds, asthma and emphysema. However, the USDA classifies coltsfoot as an herb of "unknown safety", and the presence of minute amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which have been found to cause liver toxicity and cancer, has led to its banning in West Germany. The amount of these alkaloids is extremely small, though, and the beneficial effects are generally believed to outweigh the miniscule risk. Coltsfoot should not be used by pregnant women, as it may be an abortifacient, and the alkaloids seem to have a particularly harmful effect on the liver of the developing infant. Pyrrolizidine alkaloids present in the plant are potentially toxic in large doses, but have not proven toxic in the doses usually used to treat coughs. Still, it is recommended that coltsfoot tea or syrup not be used for more than 4 to 6 weeks at a time.

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  • DANDELION: Dandelion leaves are commonly recommended as a food supplement for pregnant and post-menopausal women because of the numerous nutrients they contain. This plant produces a mild diuretic effect and reduces serum cholesterol levels. Dandelion root is used to improve appetite, minor digestive problems, and works as a milk laxative. Some modern naturopathic physicians believe that it can help detoxify the liver and gallbladder. Clinical trials have shown Dandelion to be effective in treating pneumonia, bronchitis and upper respiratory infections. It also helps with kidney function, pancreas, spleen, stomach, tinnitus, tonsillitis, osteoporosis, abscesses, anemia, boils, breast tumors, and cirrhosis of the liver, fluid retention, hepatitis, jaundice, rheumatism and warts. Dandelion may aid in prevention of age spots and works well in treating warts, fungus infections, and external and internal malignant growths. It is also used for treat skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and arthritis conditions. This plant is used for ulcerations of the urinary passages, obstructions of the liver, gallbladder, and spleen. The roasted Dandelion root can even be used as a coffee substitute. The German Commission E suggests the Dandelion Leaf for loss of appetite and dyspepsia, such as feeling of fullness and flatulence. This info was published in August of 92. Dandelion comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For use as a tonic, take 3 to 5 grams of the dried root or 5 to 10 ml of a tincture from the root, 3 times a day. For use as a diuretic or appetite stimulant take 4 to 10 grams of the dried Dandelion leaves in 1 cup boiling water and drink 3 times a day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.

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  • ECHINACEA: Three species of the Echinacea herb are useful in medicine: Echinacea augustifolia, Echinacea purpurea, and Echinacea pallida. Research has shown that Echinacea increases production of interferon in the body, which helps increase antiviral activity against influenza (flu) and herpes, an inflammation of the skin and mouth. It is antiseptic and antimicrobial, with properties that act to increase the number of white blood cells available to destroy bacteria and slow the spread of infection. This herb is thought to be an immune stimulant. Taking this herb at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms can actually shorten the term of a cold or even abort it when caught early enough. Echinacea is usually taken at the onset of a cold or flu and continued for 7 to 14 days. When using a powdered extract, take 300 mg 3 times a day. The standard dosage of an alcohol tincture (1:5) is 3 to 4 ml 3 times daily. For Echinacea juice, take 2 to 3 ml 3 times a day, and the whole root, 1 to 2 grams, 3 times a day. Echinacea comes in many forms: Capsules, Tablets, Powder and Tincture, the best result is to follow the instructions on the package.

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  • EPHEDRA (Ma Huang): Chinese herbalists use Ma Huang during the early stages of respiratory infections and also for the short-term treatment of certain kinds of asthma, eczema, hay fever, narcolepsy, and edema. The Ephedra plant also has antiviral effects, particularly against influenza, severe colds, non-sweat fevers, joint pain, coughing and shortness of breath, bronchial asthma, flu, chills, headache, congestion and edema. Unlike using the isolated or synthesized ephedrine, using the whole plant in alternative medicine is much more effective and rarely gives rise to serious side-effects. With extreme caution, and under a health care provider's supervision, Ephedra is often used to enhance weight loss and to increase energy and endurance. Ma Huang comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow product label directions. Caution: is advised in using Ma Huang as an overdose can cause high blood pressure, racing of the heart, confusion, nervous stupor, twitching, convolutions and in serious cases even death. This herb should not be used by people who are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or suffering from high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, or dehydration. When exercising it is imperative to insure proper hydration, especially when using Ephedra. Do not take during pregnancy or while breast feeding. The synthetic form of Ephedra is a main constituent in Ephedrine and has given Ephedra a bad reputation due to its misuse. Ephedrine is seen as a performance-boosting herb but is a forbidden substance in many organized sporting events and athletics and banned in many jurisdictions for sale or use.

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  • EUCALYPTUS: Distilled Eucalyptus has been used externally and internally for ailments from fever, whooping cough, bronchial and throat infections, discharges, wounds and ulcers. The oil has been known to be effective against flu, staph and strep. Germany's Commission E recommends using a spray of Eucalyptus to soothe a sore throat. It has also been used as a room disinfectant. Eucalyptus Oil is even given to horses with influenza, dogs with distemper, and to all animals with septicaemia. If using the essential oil in tea, use no more than a drop and only use Eucalyptus globulus. For other uses, read product label directions. Eucalyptus oil is generally regarded as safe when taken in the ecommended doses; however, it is best to consult with a health care provider for use of Eucalyptus essential oil internally. If you are pregnant, nursing, epileptic, have liver or kidney damage, or have cancer, do not use this or any essential oil without the guidance of a qualified health care provider. Not recommended for use by young children.

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  • EYEBRIGHT: Although neglected nowadays by the many physicians, modern herbalists still retain faith in this herb and recommend its use in eye infections, weakness of the eyes, and ophthalmia. Eyebright contains astringal substances that are probably slightly antibacterial, but Germany's Commission E does not necessarily recommend using it. Warm water compresses have been shown to be equally effective under the same conditions. Eyebright tea is sometimes used to treat jaundice, respiratory infections, and memory loss, although there is no evidence that it works for those conditions. A recommended dose is an infusion of one ounce of the herb to a pint of boiling water, bathing the eyes three or four times a day. For intense pain, a warm infusion is more desirable to use until the pain is gone. For other uses, the cold application is found sufficient.Eyebright can cause tearing of the eyes, itching, redness, and many other symptoms. It appears to be safe when taken internally, but few studies have been performed. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

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  • GARLIC: The Europeans use this herb as an all-around treatment for preventing atherosclerosis, the cause of heart disease and strokes. Scientific studies found that certain forms of Garlic lowered blood pressure and total cholesterol levels. Early scientific studies propose regular use can help prevent cancer. Garlic is an effective antibiotic when it contacts the tissue directly. Garlic has also been suggested as a treatment for asthma, colds, and diabetes. Garlic suppositories work very well as a remedy for women experiencing yeast infections such as candida. Eating two raw Garlic cloves a day are adequate for most purposes, but a standard dosage of Garlic is 900 mg daily of a garlic powder extract standardized to contain 1.3 percent alliin. When Garlic is crushed or cut, allinase, an enzyme, is brought in contact with alliin, turning it into allicin, which then breaks down into several different compounds. When purchasing Garlic, look for a 4 to 5 mg of "allicin potential" for best results. Garlic suppositories can be used for treating yeast infections. You can make the suppositories using a clove of peeled garlic. Wrap gauze around the Garlic and insert inside the vaginal cavity. Every three to five hours, replace with a fresh suppository, and repeat for three to five days until the infection is gone. Garlic capsules can be used instead of the suppositories to treat yeast infections as well.

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  • GINKGO BILOBA: The extract is good for the brain cells and circulation. In Germany, Ginkgo is the most widely prescribed herb, as it is considered to be as effective as drug treatments used for treating Alzheimer's disease and other severe forms of memory and mental function decline. Preliminary studies show that this herb is helpful in ordinary age-related memory loss as well. Germany's Commission E recommends Ginkgo for circulation problems that arise from hardening of the arteries. Some studies are showing promise in Ginkgo's ability to reverse impotence or difficulty achieving orgasm when caused by certain antidepressant drugs. Chinese research suggests this herb can improve the effectiveness of schizophrenia medications and possibly limit their side effects as well. Another study shows that Ginkgo is beneficial in relieving the bloating and fluid retention as well as the emotional disturbance associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Many people have used Ginkgo for macular degeneration, depression, complications of diabetes, and Raynaud's phenomenon; however, there is no evidence to support its effectiveness. It is also beneficial for asthma, dementia, depression, eczema, headaches, heart and kidney disorders, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). This herb can ease symptoms of altitude sickness as well. As a topical medication, Ginkgo is used to treat lesions on the fingers, toes, heels, ears, and nose caused by exposure to extreme cold, and using Ginkgo in wound dressings can improve circulation in the skin and promote quick healing. The recommended dosage of Ginkgo is 40 to 80 mg 3 times daily of a 50:1 extract standardized to contain 24 percent Ginkgo-flavone glycosides. For best results, consult with your health care provider for the treatment of your condition.

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  • GOLDENSEAL: Goldenseal is primarily used as a topical for wounds that are not healing well. Berberine, a constituent of Goldenseal, has shown strong activity against a wide variety of bacteria and fungi. Goldenseal is most effective by direct contact; however, it can also be effective for sore throats and the digestive tract problems because it can contact the affected area directly. Goldenseal has been used to treat urinary tract infections as well. As a topical treatment for skin wounds, use a sufficient quantity of Goldenseal cream, ointment, or powder to the affected area. Clean the wound at least once a day to prevent Goldenseal particles from being trapped in the tissues as they heal. For sore throats and mouth sores Goldenseal tincture can be swished or gargled in the mouth, or a tea can be used for this treatment as well. To aid the digestive tract or loosen clogged sinuses, a standard oral dosage of Goldenseal is 250 to 500 mg 3 times daily. Read Product label directions before use. Goldenseal is generally regarded as safe when used as directed; however, berberine has been reported to cause uterine contractions and to increase levels of bilirubin, therefore, Goldenseal should not be used by pregnant women. Safety in young children, nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

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  • GOTU KOLA: In the 1970s, Italian and other European researchers found evidence that Gotu Kola significantly improved the symptoms of varicose veins such as the overall discomfort, tiredness, and swelling; however, it is not thought to do much for the appearance of veins that are badly damaged. It has been suggested that hemorrhoid sufferers could use Gotu Kola for the treatment of their symptoms since hemorrhoids are a type of varicose vein. Gotu Kola is also used to improve memory and can be beneficial to Alzheimer's patients. It is also still used to heal wounds and alleviate the symptoms of scleroderma. This plant has also been used to help treat high blood pressure, abscesses, rheumatism, fever, ulcers, leprosy, skin eruptions nervous disorders and jaundice. The fresh leaves can be given to children for dysentery. An extract of the oil is used to promote hair growth. Gotu Kola is known to thin the blood, and, in large dosages, can help lower blood sugar levels. Gotu Kola comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For making a tea take 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried leaf to 150 ml of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day. In tincture form, take 10-20 ml 3 times per day. Extracts that contain 100 percent total triterpenoids are usually taken as 60 mg once or twice per day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions. Gotu Kola appears to be safe when taken in the recommended doses. Side effects are rare and include the occasional allergic skin rash; however, there are some concerns that Gotu Kola may be carcinogenic if applied directly to the skin. Do not take while pregnant or nursing. Safety in those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known. If you are taking any medications (prescription or over-the-counter), it is best to consult with your health care provider before using this herb for the treatment of your condition.

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  • KAVA KAVA: The German Commission E recommends Kava for treating nervous anxiety, tension, and agitation. It is also used to relieve stress and reduce insomnia, tension headaches, and alcohol withdrawal. Kava is sometimes used as a local anesthetic. When combined with pumpkin seed, it is used in treating irritable bladder syndrome. Kava is used in Hawaii to reduce anxiety and fatigue, induce sleep, but is also used to treat asthma, arthritis pains, and urinary difficulties. Medical tests suggest it may be helpful in treating psychosomatic symptoms in menopause. In the South Sea Islands, Kava Kava is used as a calming and stimulating intoxicant. Taken in large quantities this herb produces a euphoric state. There are many forms of Kava and the quality varies with each manufacturer. Due to the nature of this herb, it is best to consult with a physician before using this herb for the treatment of your condition. Kava Kava is not intended for use by persons under the age of 18. If pregnant, nursing or taking a prescription drug, consult a health care practitioner prior to using Kava Kava. Do not exceed the recommended dose. Excessive consumption may impair ability to drive or operate heavy equipment. It is possible to experience side effects such as temporary yellowing of the skin, hair and nails. Persons who have liver disease or liver problems, or persons who are taking drug products that can affect the liver, should consult a health care provider before using Kava-containing supplements. Consumers who use a kava-containing dietary supplement and who experience signs of illness associated with liver disease should also consult their health care provider.

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  • LICORICE: Licorice (Glycyrrhzin) used for HIV / AIDS increases T-cell counts and preserves immune function. General Uses: It is taken orally (DGL form) for ulcers, heartburn (esophageal reflux), and mouth sores. Other oral uses involving the whole herb is the treatment of coughs, asthma, and chronic fatigue syndrome. In its topical form (whole herb), Licorice can be used for eczema, psoriasis, and herpes. Scientific studies suggest regular use of DGL can heal ulcers as well as some over the counter medications; however, they must be taken regularly or the ulcer will return. For Ulcer Pain - chew two to four 380-mg tablets of DGL before meals and at bedtime in conjunction with conventional medical care. For Mouth Sores - Sucking on the tablets will relieve the pain. For best results, follow the directions listed on the label. For Respiratory Problems - Take orally 1 to 2 grams of licorice root 3 times daily, not to exceed a week. For Eczema, Psoriasis, or Herpes - Apply licorice cream to affected area twice daily. For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - This treatment must be taken under a health care provider's supervision to be given the needed dosage for the best possible effects. Caution: Do not use licorice if you have glaucoma, high blood pressure, or an estrogen-dependent disorder such as breast cancer, endometriosis, or fibrocystic breasts. Caution: Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure. Consume potassium-rich foods such as bananas or citrus juices, or take a potassium supplement daily when taking this herb. For HIV/AIDS - Take Glycyrrhizin Tablets, 50 to 75 mg daily. Use for 6 weeks, then take a 2-week break. Do not substitute deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL).

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  • MILK THISTLE: Milk thistle extract is a potent antioxidant which prevents harm from free radicals and lends nutritional support to the liver. Milk thistle seed extract contains silymarin, a unique type of flavonoid-like compound considered the active ingredient of milk thistle. Milk Thistle (Silymarin) may be taken in capsule form and prevents and treats cirrhosis and other liver disorders. Take 600 mg (about 5 tablets) daily. Note: Milk thistle may cause mild diarrhea. If this occurs, reduce the dosage or discontinue use. Milk Thistle (standardized to 80 mg silymarin) is taken consistently before pregnancy and during the first trimester will help the liver to gently detox and help hyperemesis to be avoided. Clinical studies using standardized milk thistle extract show that it supports and promotes normal liver function. The active bioflavonoid complex, silymarin, is a powerful antioxidant that exerts a protective effect against substances harmful to the liver. Thisilyn is especially recommended for those who use alcohol, smoke or are exposed to environmental pollutants. Thisily, the unique standardized milk thistle extract, is the world's standard for quality. The milk thistle used to manufacture Thisilyn is carefully extracted and tested for purity, ensuring all the plant's desirable benefits remain bioavailable.

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  • MULLEIN: Herbalists recommend hot Mullein tea for asthma, colds, coughs, sore throats, and bleeding of the lungs (tuberculosis) and of the bowels, though it is used more for its soothing effects rather than its ability to heal. This herb works well as an expectorant when combined with coltsfoot and thyme. It also helps give relief to those with emphysema, hay fever, and whooping cough. Breathing the steam of boiling Mullein tea can loosen congestion and mucus. When taken with catnip, this tea works well in treating tonsillitis, chickenpox, measles and mumps. Mullein made into a syrup can be given for palpitations, irregular heartbeat, angina, and other coronary conditions. The oil of this herb can be used to soothe the pain of ear infections. Externally, Mullein can be used to treat hemorrhoids, bruises, frostbite, diarrhea, erysipelas (streptococcus infections) and migraine. Mullein comes in various forms and is an ingredient in other products. For Mullein tea, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried leaves and flowers to 1 cup of boiling water. Drink as needed for soothing relief. For children, take a 1/2 handful of dried or cut fresh Mullein leaves and flowers in 1 quart of boiling water. Let sit for 30 minutes and strain. Add 2 tablespoons of dark honey. Drink 1/2 cup of warm tea every 3 or 4 hours. To relieve the pain of ear infections (make sure the eardrum is not punctured), squeeze several drops of Mullein oil (room-temperature) into the ear canal. This only relieves the pain, it is not a cure for ear infection. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.

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  • NETTLE: Nettle Root is widely used in Europe for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or prostate enlargement. Based on a preliminary study at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, Nettle leaf has become a popular treatment of allergies (hay fever), but is also used to help with goiter, inflammatory conditions, rheumatism and arthritis. This herb helps cleanse the body of toxins and wastes. Nettles can relieve fluid retention, bladder infections, stones and gravel. Externally, it can be used on cuts and wounds, hemorrhoids, nosebleeds, and for soothing and healing burns and scalds. Nettle is used in some hair care products to help stimulate hair follicles and regulate scalp oil buildup. In its cooked form, Nettle is highly nutritious and may be used as a general dietary supplement and is especially good for those who are convalescing, anemic, or elderly. Nettle comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. The recommended dosage of Nettle root, according to Commission E, is 4 to 6 grams daily of the whole root, or an equal dose of concentrated extract. The effectiveness in using Nettle root to treat prostate problems is believed to be enhanced when taken with Saw Palmetto or Pygeum. The proper dosage for allergies is 300 mg twice a day of freeze-dried Nettle leaf. For other formulations, it is best to read and follow product label directions.

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  • PEPPERMINT: As a home remedy, Mint is used for indigestion, flatulence, and colic. Chewing fresh Mint leaves will get rid of stale breath. Mint tea works well in treating colds, sore throat, minor mouth or throat irritations, headaches and migraines, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, and stomachache. Peppermint oil has been recognized by Germany's Commission E as effective in treating colicky pain in the digestive tract, specifically irritable bowel syndrome, and in relieving mucus congestion of the lungs and sinuses caused by colds and flu. Some evidence suggests it might be helpful for gallstones and in treating candida infections, but results are not complete at this time. Menthol has antispasmodic qualities that may help relieve menstrual cramps. It is also found in products used for the relief of muscle aches, sprains, and similar conditions. Mint and Menthol comes in various forms and is an ingredient in numerous products. When treating irritable bowel syndrome the recommended dosage of Peppermint oil is 0.2 to 0.4 ml 3 times a day of an enteric-coated capsule. Using capsules that are enteric-coated will prevent stomach distress. For other uses and formulations it is best to read product label directions. There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Mint or Menthol; however Menthol is considered an antidote for many homeopathic remedies and should be avoided by those taking the remedies. Taken in normal doses, enteric-coated Peppermint oil is believed to be fairly safe in healthy adults. Peppermint oil can be toxic if normal doses are exceeded. An excessive intake of Peppermint oil will produce nausea, loss of appetite, heart problems, loss of balance, and other nervous system problems. Safety in young children is unknown; however, it is known to cause jaundice in newborn babies, so it is not recommended for colic. Effects in pregnant and nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

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  • RED CLOVER: Although there is no evidence that Red Clover can help those with cancer; however, its use as a cancer therapy in many parts of the world has prompted scientists to take a closer look at this herb. It is also used to treat menopausal symptoms. This herb works well in treating bronchitis, asthma, and spasmodic coughs. Red Clover is also used to treat acne, eczema, abscesses, psoriasis, insect bites, stings, and other skin diseases. In a compress it works well in treating arthritis pains and gout. As an eyewash, Red Clover herb can be used to treat conjunctivitis. Red Clover comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For a tea, take 1 cup of boiling water to 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried flowers. Drink 3 cups a day. In capsule of tablet form take 2 to 4 grams a day. In using a tincture use 2 to 4 ml 3 times a day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.


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  • SAGE: The common garden sage has been known and used for culinary and medicinal purposes for centuries. The low-growing evergreen shrub is popular in nearly every European cuisine and is used variously to flavor meats, poultry, soups, puddings, cheeses and vegetables. Its unmistakable peppery flavor makes it popular for use in poultry and pork stuffing, and to flavor and preserve sausage meats. But taste is only the start of sage's purported benefits. The ancient Greeks considered sage to be a valuable healing herb, and used it to treat consumption, ulcers and other digestive problems. It has been used to lower fevers and treat snake bite. Used as a tea, sage can either stop sweating when drunk cold, or produce sweating when taken hot. It has been used to treat headache, and is believed in various cultures to aid memory and thinking. Other medicinal uses have had some substantiation in modern medical research. In Japan, for example, studies have suggested that sage tea helps prevent blood clots from forming, which offers potential for use in treating coronary diseases. Sage tea poured over the skin can help relieve itching, and acts as an astringent. It is even used as an alternative to artificial dyes to darken graying hair. "Why should a man die when sage grows in his garden?" Martin Luther is said to have asked in the middle ages, and his statement is reflected in the herb's Latin name salvia, derived from the Latin word to heal. For cooking, aromatherapy or healing, sage has proved itself throughout the ages, and continues to prove itself even now. Dried or fresh leaves are used in food, and as a tea. Sometimes sage is found in washes and cosmetics. One of the more popular herbs in the Middle Ages through 18th century, sage has drifted into lesser use as more delicate flavors grew more popular. The evergreen herb is enjoying a resurgence of late, in part based on its many uses and benefits. Sage can be used to flavor and preserve nearly any meat or cheese, and is often used in soups and salads as well. Medicinally, it has been shown by modern research to prevent blood clots from forming, and has a long tradition of healing and treating digestive ills. Precautions: Thujone, a volatile oil in common sage, is hallucinogenic, addictive and toxic when taken in extreme excess. The plant and tea made from it should be avoided by pregnant women and by breastfeeding mothers unless they want to dry up their milk during weaning. Its long term medicinal use is not recommended.

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  • SPIRULINA: Spirulina is a microalgae that produces twenty times as much protein as soybeans growing on an equal-sized area of land. It contains high concentrations of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), linoleic and arachidonic acids, vitamin B12, iron, protein, essential amino acids, the nucleic acids RNA and DNA, chlorophyll, and phycocyanin, a blue pigment that is found only in blue green algae. Spirulina is digested naturally and helps protect the immune system, reduce cholesterol, and aid in the absorption of minerals. It has been used in the treatment of diabetes, glaucoma, liver pathologies, cancer, increasing neurotransmitter formation, and it acts as an appetite suppressant. For those with hypoglycemia, a Spirulina supplement can help regulate blood sugar levels in between meals. Spirulina can be taken in capsule or tablet form, or as the dried herb mixed in water. For best results, read and follow product label directions. There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Spirulina when taken in the recommended doses.

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  • ST. JOHN'S WORT: This herb contains two substances, hypericin and pseudohypericin, that inhibit retroviral infections and could be useful in the treatment of AIDS. General Information: St. John's Wort is mainly used for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. It can also be used for chronic insomnia and anxiety related to depression. St. John's Wort may also be effective in relieving seasonal affective disorder (SAD). St. John's Wort extract is usually standardized to the substance hypericin. The recommended dose of St. John's Wort is 300 mg 3 times a day of an extract standardized to contain 0.3 percent hypericin; however, a few new products on the market are standardized to hyperforin content of 2 to 3 percent, instead of hypercin, and should be taken at the same dosage. If the herb bothers you, take it with food. It can take four weeks of usage to receive the full benefits of St. John's Wort. Caution: Individuals with HIV have an increased risk for sunburn and should avoid this herb. This herb may increase the chance of developing sun blisters if you are out in the sun too long. If you decide to use this herb, avoid sun exposure. Do not use St. John's Wort if you are on prescription antidepressants or any medication that interacts with MAO inhibitors. Use with caution during pregnancy.

  • St John's Wort Herbal Products



  • THYME: A warming, drying herb, thyme is carminative, antibiotic, anthelemic, astringent, expectorant, and antitussive. The essential oil has these same properties, but is also extremely toxic and should not be taken internally. Thyme was used by the ancient Egyptians as one of the herbs included in the mummification process (for its antibacterial qualities), and by the ancient Greeks as an incense. The Romans burned thyme to purify rooms, and also used it to flavor cheese and liqueurs. In the 17th century, thyme teas were a treatment for whooping cough, shortness of breath, gout, and stomach pains and thyme ointment was applied to warts and abcesses. Today, oil of thyme is the main ingredient in the mouthwash Listerine. Thyme is a strong antiseptic used externally for infected cuts and scrapes and internally for oral and respiratory infections. Bath washes made from teas of thyme allowed to cool treat fungal infections such as athlete's foot and also vaginal yeast infections. Thyme contains tannins that cause proteins in skin to cross-link, forming a barrier to infection. Teas of thyme can be taken orally to treat allergies, asthma, colds, and coughs. The essential oil in the herb encourages coughing up of phlegm and stops spasms of the bronchial passages. Inhaling essential oil of thyme placed in hot water as aromatherapy has the same benefits. And of course, the fragrance and flavor of thyme leaves have long been a favorite of cooks for seasoning meats, soups, and stews. Thyme is especially common in Mediterranean and French cuisine, and is an ingredient in the seasoning blend herbes de Provence. No one should take thyme oil internally. Women who are pregnant should not drink thyme tea, although small amounts of thyme used in cooking do not cause side effects. Do not take thyme as a medicine if you have a duodenal ulcer or if you have thyroid disease.

  • Thyme Herbal Products



  • VALERIAN: In the 1970s, scientific human studies were performed on Valerian which lead the German Commission E to approve its use a sleep aid in 1985. This herb works well in treating depression, panic attacks, emotional stress, PMS, menstrual cramps, and despondency. It is also used for hypochondria, nervous headaches, migraine headaches, irritability, hysteria, and mild spasmodic affections. Valerian has been used to treat diarrhea, epilepsy, croup, convulsions, vertigo, nervous cough, delirium, neuralgia, muscle cramps, gas pains, stomach cramps, spasms, palpitations, gas, and colic. For treating insomnia, the recommended dosage of Valerian Root is 2 to 3 grams of dried herb, 270 to 450 mg of an aqueous valerian extract, or 600 mg of an ethanol extract, taken 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime. For the best results, take this herb over an extended period of time. Try the same dosages for treating anxiety, or reduce the dose and take twice daily. Note: These dosages are meant to be used as guidelines. Always read product label directions before use.

  • Valerian Herbal Products



  • YERBA MATE: Yerba Mate has been known to induce mental clarity, help sustain energy levels, and boost immune system. It works as an antioxidant, and has been used to improve digestion. Yerba Mate can aid in weight loss, and help reduce depression. It has also been used to help alleviate allergies, reduce blood pressure, and balance sleep cycles. Yerba Mate can be made hot or cold. Read product label directions for recommended use. Studies show that caffeine sensitive individuals can drink Yerba Mate with no adverse reactions.

  • Yerba Mate Herbal Products



  • YERBA SANTA: Many herbalists today regard Yerba Santa as one of the most effective, natural ways to treat chronic bronchitis and asthma. No scientific studies of this herb have been performed; however, one of Yerba Santa's constituents, eriodictyol, does appear to be a mild expectorant. This herb can be used topically to treat poison ivy. To make Yerba Santa tea, add 1 teaspoon of crushed leaves to 1 cup of boiling water; however, many resinous constituents of this herb do not dissolve in water, therefore, alcoholic tinctures of Yerba Santa may be more effective. It is important to read and follow product label directions if using a tincture formulation. Drink 3 cups a day until symptoms diminish. For other formulations and products, read and follow product label directions. Yerba Santa is generally regarded as safe as a food flavoring by FDA standards, although there have been occasional allergic reactions. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

  • Yerba Santa Herbal Products




  • RECOMMENDED HERBAL ESSENTIAL OIL PRODUCTS

    EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL: Eucalyptus is an herbal stimulant, antiseptic and aromatic. It is an effective treatment for colds, fever, respiratory diseases, joint and muscle pain, migraines and kidney and bladder problems. The principle active ingredient in Eucalyptus oil is eucalyptol, which has strong germicidal and disinfectant properties. It also functions as a diuretic, lowers blood sugar and helps to relieve cough and fever. Eucalyptus oil is an effective analgesic and is often used in preparations designed to relieve muscle, nerve and joint pain. On a psychological level, it helps to combat exhaustion and dispels mental sluggishness.

  • Eucalyptus Herbal Products
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil Products



  • JUNIPER BERRY ESSENTIAL OIL: Juniper oil is used for acne, cellulitis, circulatory problems, tense muscles, hemorrhoids, joint pain and emotional imbalance. Juniper oil's most important constituents are pinene, terpinen and terpineol. These make the oil quite useful for increasing circulation, fighting skin inflammations, such as acne, and easing joint and muscle pains. Juniper oil also lifts the spirit and balances emotions and mood swings. The scent of Juniper oil has been associated with the improved overall health. It is an astringent and antiseptic. It has been useful for treating hemorrhoids.

  • Juniper Cedar Herbal Products
  • Juniper Essential Oil Products



  • LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL: Lavender essential oil is often considered an aromatic Rescue Remedy allowing for a release of anger, the emotion which so often is cause for severe depression. Lavender Essential Oil calms, releases, and balances strong emotions such as frustration, irritability, nervous anxiety, panic, hysteria and insomnia. Lavender essential oil is strong antimicrobial and antibacterial and helps to heal wounds. As aromatherapy, lavender essential oil helps to calm anxiety and stress.

  • Lavender Herbal Products
  • Lavender Essential Oil Products



  • PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL: Peppermint oil is effective for easing colds, sinus infections, bronchitis, fever, coughs, bad breath, headaches, intestinal cramps, diarrhea and mental exhaustion. Peppermint oil has cooling, fever-reducing and antiseptic properties, largely due to high levels of menthol, which is an antibacterial and anesthetic. The oil helps cure colds, bronchitis and sinus infections. It also aids healthy digestion by increasing digestive, liver and gallbladder secretions and relaxes cramped intestinal muscles. Plus, the scent clears the mind and eases mental tension.

  • Peppermint Herbal Products
  • Peppermint Essential Oil Products



  • SAGE ESSENTIAL OIL: Sage essential oil is effective for menstrual pain, fevers, menopausal complaints, skin conditions, nervous tension, bronchitis, asthma and mouth inflammations. The strongest active constituents of Sage are within its essential oil, which contains Thujone (35 to 60%), 1,8-cineol (15%), camphor (18%), borneol (16%), bornyl esters, a-pinene and salvene. Sage leaves contains tannic acid, oleic acid, ursonic acid, ursolic acid, cornsole, cornsolic acid, fumaric acid, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, niacin, nicotinamide, flavones, flavonoid glycosides, and estrogenic substances. Sage oil contains thujone, salviol and camphor, which strengthen the body, reduce fevers, promote expectoration and calm coughs. Its astringent, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties relieve digestive complaints, and prevent excessive sweating. In addition, Sage oil firms tissue and speeds the formation of scar tissue.

  • Sage Herbal Products
  • Sage Essential Oil Products



  • TEA TREE OIL: Tea Tree has over 98 compounds contained in the oil, terpinen-4-ol is responsible for most of the antimicrobial activity. More than 50 rare, natural substances have been isolated from the essence of Tea Tree leaves. Tea Tree oil is time-tested for aiding bronchitis, coughs, infectious diseases, muscle aches and pains, arthritis, rheumatism, constipation, eczema, and treating wounds. It is used as a disinfectant. Because Tea Tree oil kills viruses, bacteria and fungi, it can heal internal and external infections, including athlete's foot and fungi that affect the nails. It also is believed that Tea Tree oil alleviates acne and rashes and helps irritated skin and wounds to heal more quickly. Tea Tree oil is fungicidal, antiseptic and safe to use on most delicate parts of the body.

  • Tea Tree Herbal Products
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil Products





  • NUTRITION & LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS

    FOR ALLERGY MANAGEMENT

  • Rotate your foods. Eat a different group of foods for each of four days and then repeat the cycle. You can select as many of the foods allowed on a specific day as you like, but it is essential that no type of food be ingested more often than every four days.

  • If you suffer from ragweed allergy (or other weed allergies) do not eat melon, cantaloupe, cucumber, bananas, sunflower seeds, chamomile, or any herbal preparation containing Echinacea. These substances contain the same proteins as ragweed and can add to the symptoms during an episode.

  • See Detecting Your Food Allergies and fill out the Food Sensitivity Questionnaire. Then omit from your diet for 30 days any food you have listed as consumed 4 times per week or more.

  • Avoid the following foods until it is determined you are not allergic to them: bananas, beef products, caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits, corn, dairy products, eggs, oats, oysters, peanuts, processed and refined foods, salmon, strawberries, tomatoes, wheat, and white rice.

  • Follow a fasting program. After a fast, you can try adding back the "foods to avoid" in very small amounts, such as 1 teaspoon at a time. Record your reactions after eating. If you feel bloated or have a slight headache, an upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, a rapid pulse, or heart palpitations after eating certain foods, eliminate them again in small amounts. If you experience a reaction again, eliminate them from your diet permanently.

  • Avoid mucus-producing foods, such as dairy products, sugar, wheat, and food additives (see below).

  • Avoid any food products that contain artificial color, especially FD&C Yellow No.5 dye. Many people are allergic to food colorings. Other food additives to avoid include vanillin, benzyldehyde, eucayptol, monosodium glutamate, BHT-BHA, benzoates, and annatto. Read labels carefully.

  • Take the Hypothyroid Underarm Temperature Test to determine if you have an under active thyroid. Also see Hyperthyroidism.

  • Be sure to take only hypoallergenic supplements, as these do not contain potentially irritating substances.

  • Keep rooms free from dust and use a dehumidifier in the basement. Use mold-proof paint and a disinfectant on walls and furniture.

  • Do not smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke.

  • Avoid taking aspirin within 3 hours of eating.

  • For airborne allergies, try using an air purification device. The Air Supply personal air purifier from Wein Products is a miniature unit that is worn around the neck. It sets up an invisible pure air shield against microparticles (including dust, pollen, and pollutants) and microorganisms (such as viruses, bacteria, and mold) in the air. It also eliminates vapors, smells, and harmful volatile compounds in the air. The Living Air XL-15 unit from Alpine Air of America is an ionizing unit that is good for purifying the air in the home or workplace.

  • Purchase an air filter with fine enough filtering capability, such as the HEPA filter, to clean pollen, molds, and dust from your home or office. Standard air filters sold in most stores do not filter pollen. Make sure any filter purchased states on its label that it is suitable for filtering pollen and mold spores.

  • Depending on the severity of your allergies be sure to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when spending time outside. Change your clothes and shower as soon as you return indoors. For some, using a "high efficiency" mask (available in drug stores and medical supply stores) may be advisable.

  • Pollen counts in the late summer are highest between 5 AM and 10 AM, so schedule your gardening and other outdoor activities with this in mind. You can learn what trees and plants are pollinating around you and what the mold and pollen count is by contacting the National Allergy Bureau.

  • If you are a chronic allergy sufferer, avoid exercising outdoors.

  • On windy days, when more pollen is blown through the air, try to avoid going outside if your allergies are severe. The best time for you to be outdoors is after a rainstorm, when pollen levels drop significantly.





  • NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended dose. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended dose.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments
    Essential
    Allergy Relief Formula
    As directed on label. Choose a formula with a combination of quercetin, calcium pantothenate, and calcium ascorbate (vitamin C).


  • Allergy Relief Supplement Products
  • Bee Pollen
    Start with a few granules at a time and work up to 2 teaspoons daily. Strengthens the immune system. Use raw crude pollen, preferably produced within 10 miles of your home. Caution: Bee pollen may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Discontinue use if a rash, wheezing, discomfort, or other allergic symptoms occurs.


  • Bee Pollen Supplmeent Products
  • Calcium
    1,500 to 2,000 mg daily. Needed to help reduce stress. Use calcium chelate form.


  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Magnesium
    750 mg daily. Needed to balance with calcium.


  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP-6)
    As directed on label. Supports the immune system.


  • Inositol & IP-6 Supplement Products
  • Lecithin Supplement Products
  • Kyolic Garlic Super Formula 102
    Wakunaga
    50 mg 3 times daily. Powerful immune enhancer with digestive enzymes. For improved digestion.


  • Kyolic Garlic 102 Herbal Products
  • Liquid Kyolic
    With Vitamin B-1 & Vitamin B-12
    Wakunaga
    As directed on label. An excellent cell protector.


  • Liquid Kyolic Garlic Herbal Products
  • Vitamin B-1 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
    As directed on label. Has anti-allergic properties equal to or better than those of antihistamines.


  • MSM Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme A
    Coenzyme A Technologies
    As directed on label. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances.


  • Coenzyme A Supplement Products
  • Raw Adrenal
    Raw Spleen
    Raw Thymus Glandulars
    500 mg each twice daily. To stimulate proper immune function.


  • Adrenal Glandular Supplement Products
  • Spleen Glandular Supplement Products
  • Thymus Glandular Supplement Products
  • Multiple Complex Glandular Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B Complex
    100 mg daily. Needed for proper digestion and nerve function. Use a high-stress formula. Consider injections.


  • Vitamin B Complex Supplement Products
  • Plus
    Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5)
    And
    Vitamin B-12
    100 mg 3 times daily.

    300 mcg 3 times daily.
    Needed for proper assimilation of nutrients. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.


  • Vitamin B-5 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids
    500 mg daily. Stimulates kidney function.


  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Bioflavonoids Supplement Products
  • Beta Carotene
    Natural Carotenoid Complex
    As directed on label. Free radical scavengers that stimulates immune response.


  • Beta Carotene Supplement Products
  • Carotene Complex Supplement Products
  • Multi-Enzyme Complex
    Or
    Pancreatin
    As directed on label. Take with meals. For improved digestion. Caution: If you have a history of ulcers, do not use a formula containing HCl.


  • Multi-Enzyme Complex Supplement Products
  • Pancreatin Enzyme Supplement Products
  • Infla-Zyme Forte
    As directed on label. Take between meals or an empty stomach. To aid digestion and destroy free radicals. Caution: Do not give these supplements to a child.


  • Inflazyme Forte Supplement Products
  • Papaya Enzyme
    As directed on label. To relieve symptoms. Use chewable tablets form.


  • Papaya Enzyme Supplement Products
  • Plus
    Bromelain
    100 mg twice daily. Enhances absorption of quercetin.


  • Bromelain Enzyme Supplement Products
  • Quercetin
    Quercetin-C
    Activated Quercetin
    500 mg twice daily. As directed on label. Increases immunity and decreases reactions to certain foods, pollens, and other allergens. Contains quercetin plus bromelain and vitamin C.


  • Quercetin Supplement Products
  • Acidophilus
    As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach for easier access into the small intestine. Helps to maintain healthy intestinal flora. Use a non-dairy formula.


  • Acidophilus Supplement Products
  • Bifidus Supplement Products
  • DMG (Dimethylglycine)
    As directed on label. Good for breathing difficulties. Enhances oxygen transport, increases interferon production, and has antiviral and anticancer properties. Use sublingual form if available.


  • DMG Supplement Products
  • Aller Bee-Gone
    As directed on label. A combination of herbs, enzymes, and nutrients designed to fight acute allergy attacks.


  • Aller Bee Gone Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme Q-10
    100 mg daily. Improves cellular oxygenation and immune function.


  • Coenzyme Q10 Supplement Products
  • Germanium
    60 mg daily. Stimulates the immune system.


  • Germanium Supplement Products
  • Glucosamine Sulfate
    Acetylglucosamine (NAG)
    As directed on label. Important for regulating the mucus secretions of the respiratory system.


  • Glucosamine Supplement Products
  • N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG) Supplement Products
  • Free-Form Amino Acid Complex
    As directed on label. Supplies protein in a form that is rapidly absorbed and assimilated. Use a sublingual form.


    Amino Acids Complex Supplement Products
    L-Cysteine
    And
    L-Tyrosine
    500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B-6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Promotes healing from respiratory disorders. Helpful for stress and allergic disorders.


  • Cysteine & NAC Supplement Products
  • Tyrosine Supplement Products
  • Manganese
    4 mg daily for 3 months. Take separately from calcium. An important component in many of the body's enzyme systems. Use manganese chelate form.


  • Manganese Supplement Products
  • Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Complex
    As directed on label. All nutrients are needed in balance. Use a hypoallergenic formula.


  • Multivitamin Supplement Products
  • Multimineral Supplement Products
  • Potassium
    99 mg daily. Necessary for adrenal gland function. Use potassium protinate or potassium chelate form.


  • Potassium Supplement Products
  • Vitamin A
    10,000 IU daily. Necessary for proper immune function.


  • Vitamin A Supplement Products
  • Vitamin D
    600 IU daily. Essential in calcium metabolism.


  • Vitamin D Supplement Products
  • Vitamin E
    600 IU daily. Necessary for proper immune function.


  • Vitamin E Supplement Products
  • Zinc
    50 mg daily. Necessary for proper immune function. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements.


  • Zinc Supplement Products


  • ALLERGY ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

    The Allergy Report - A Manual for Primary Health Care Professionals (800) 822-2762
    www.theallergyreport.org

    AllergyWeb www.allergyweb.com

    American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI) 611 E. Wells Street
    Milwaukee, WI, 53202
    (404) 272-6071 or (800) 822-2762
    www.aaaai.org

    American Academy of Dermatology 930 N. Meacham Rd.
    Schaumburg, IL 60173
    (847) 330-0230 or (888) 462-DERM (3376)
    www.aad.org

    American Academy of Ophthalmology P.O. Box 7424
    San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
    (415) 561-8500
    www.aao.org/news/eyenet

    American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org/

    The American Association of Immunologists 9650 Rockville Pike
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    (301) 530-7178
    E-mail: infoaai@aai.faseb.org
    www.aai.org

    American Board of Allergy and Immunology (215) 592-9466
    E-mail: abai@abai.org
    www.abai.org

    American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)
    85 West Algonquin Road, Suite 550
    Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    (847) 427-1200 or (800) 842-7777
    http://allergy.mcg.edu

    American College of Chest Physicians
    3300 Dundee Rd.
    Northbrook, IL 60062-2348
    (847) 498-1400 or (800) 343-2227
    E-mail: accp@chestnet.org
    www.chestnet.org/

    American College of Physicians
    American Society of Internal Medicine
    190 N. Independence Mall West
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572
    (215) 351-2600 or (800) 523-1546 ext. 2600
    www.acponline.org/

    American Dietetic Association
    1225 W. Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60606-6995
    (312) 899-0040
    www.eatright.org

    American Lung Association (National Office)
    61 Broadway, 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10006
    (212) 315-8742 or (800) LUNG-USA (586-4872)
    E-mail: info@lungusa.org
    www.lungusa.org

    American Thoracic Society (ATS)
    Medical Section of the American Lung Association
    1740 Broadway
    New York, NY 10019-4374
    (212) 315-8700
    E-mail: jcorn@lungusa.org
    www.thoracic.org

    The Anaphylaxis Campaign
    www.Anaphylaxis.org

    AsmaNet
    www.remcomp.com/asmanet/

    Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
    1125 Fifteenth Street
    Washington, DC, 20005
    (202) 466-7643 or (800) 7-ASTHMA (727-8462)
    E-mail: info@aafa.org
    www.aafa.org

    Asthma and Allergy Information Association
    65 Tromley Dr., Suite 10
    Etobicoke, Ontario, M9 8 5Y7
    (905) 712-2242

    I Breathe
    Site sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline
    www.ibreathe.com

    Clinical Immunology Society
    www.clinimmsoc.org

    Food Allergy Awareness Support and Training Inc.
    www.FAASTCincy.org

    The Food Allergy Network
    10400 Eaton Place, Suite 107
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 691-3179 or (800) 929-4040
    E-mail: fan@worldweb.net
    www.foodallergy.org

    Food Allergy Research and Resource Program
    http://farrp.unl.edu/

    Food Anaphylactic Children Training and Support Associations
    www.allergyfacts.org.au

    Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA)
    www.ginasthma.com

    Health Talk Interactive: Asthma Education Network
    www.healthtalk.com/aen/index.html

    Immune Deficiency Foundation
    25 W. Chesapeake Ave., Suite 206
    Towson, MD 21204
    (410) 321-6647 or (800) 296-4433

    The Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
    50 N. Brockway, Suite 3.3
    Palatine, IL 60067
    (847) 934-1918
    E-mail: JCAAI@aol.com
    www.jcaai.org

    National Advisory Allergic and Infectious Disease Council
    9000 Rockville Pike
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    (301) 496-5717

    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
    National Asthma Education Program and Prevention Program
    NHLBI Information Center
    P.O. Box 30105
    Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
    (301) 251-1222
    www.nhlbi.nih.gov

    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    NIAID Office of Communications and Public Liaison
    Building 31, Room 7A-50
    31 Center Drive MSC 2520
    Bethesda, MD 20892-2520
    www.niaid.nih.gov

    Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center
    (800) 437-4055
    E-mail: info@nwasthma.com
    www.nwasthma.com
    LOCAL RESOURCES

    Tufts New England Medical Center
    John Ohman, Jr. M.D. FACP
    Chief, Allergy Department
    750 Washington Street
    Boston, MA 02111
    Phone: 617-636-5333
    Fax: 617-636-4843
    E-mail: johman@tufts-nemc.org
    Webpage: Tufts Medical Center

    John Ohman, Jr. M.D. FACP
    Daniel Steinberg, M.D.
    Chestnut Hill Medical Center
    25 Boylston Street, Suite L02
    (Route 9 West in Chestnut Hill next to Legal Seafood)
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
    Phone: 617-232-1690
    Fax: 617-739-7082
    E-mail: office#massallergy.net
    Webpage: MassAllergy.net



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    FURTHER EDUCATION & READING LIST

    Allergies A to Z
    By Myron A. Lipkowitz, RP, MD
    Facts on File, Inc.
    Department M274
    11 Penn Plaza
    New York, NY 10001
    (212) 290-8090 or (800) 322-8755

    Allergies, Disease in Disguise: How to Heal Your Allergic Condition
    By Carolee Bateson-Koch
    Alive Books, 1994
    4728 Byrne Rd.
    Burnaby, BC, CAN V5J3H7
    (604) 438-1919
    ISBN: 0929430422

    Allergy Plants That Cause Sneezing and Wheezing
    By Mary Jelks, MD
    Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
    1125 15th St. NW, Suite 502
    Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 466-7643
    www.aafa.org

    Allergy, Asthma and Immunology From Infancy to Adulthood
    By Warren Bieman, et al.
    W.B. Saunders Company, 1995
    Independence Square West
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    (215) 238-7800
    ISBN: 0721655874

    Best Guide to Allergy
    By Nathan Schultz, Allan Giannini, Terrace Chang
    Humana Press, 1994
    3554 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 385-4403

    Essential Allergy
    By Niels Mygind, et al.
    Blackwell Scientific Publications
    3 Cambridge Center
    Cambridge MA 02142
    (617) 225-0401

    Human Exposure Assessment for Airborne Pollutants: Advances and Opportunity; and Indoor Allergens: Assessing & Controlling Adverse Health Effects
    National Academy Press
    2101 Constitution Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 334-3313

    Manual of Allergy & Immunology
    By Glenn J. Lawlor, Jr., et al.
    Little Brown & Company, Inc., 1994
    34 Beacon St.
    Boston, MA 02108
    (617) 227-0730

    Sinus Survival: A Self-Help Guide for Allergies, Bronchitis, Colds and Sinusitis
    By Robert S. Ivker
    J.P. Tarcher, 1995
    5858 Wilshire, Suite 200
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (213) 935-9980
    ISBN: 0874776848

    Sneezing Your Head Off? How to Live With Your Allergic Nose
    By Peter Boggs, MD
    Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics
    3554 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 385-4403 or (800) 878-4403

    You Can Do Something About Your Allergies
    By Nelson L. Novick
    MacMillan Publishing, 1994
    866 Third Ave.
    New York, NY 10022
    ISBN: 0025907859

    CHILD ALLERGIES



    Cooking For The Allergic Child
    By J. Moyer

    Complete Book of Children's Allergies
    By B.R. Feldman, MD

    Taming Asthma and Allergy By Controlling Your Environment
    By Robert A. Wood, MD
    ISBN: 0964327201

    Children With Asthma: A Manual for Parents
    By Thomas E. Plaut, MD
    Allergy Control Products
    96 Danbury Rd.
    P.O. Box 793
    Ridgefield, CT 06877
    (203) 438-9580 or (800) 442-3878
    www.allergycontrol.com
    FOOD ALLERGIES

    Diets to Help Gluten and Wheat Allergy
    By Rita Greer
    Harper Collins Canada Limited/Order Dept.
    1995 Markham Rd.
    Scarborough, ON, M1B 5M8, IT
    (800) 387-0117
    ISBN: 0722529104

    Food Allergy: A Primer for People
    By S. Allan Bock, MD
    Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
    1125 15th St. NW, Suite 502
    Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 466-7643
    www.aafa.org

    Your Food-Allergic Child: A Parent's Guide
    By Janet E. Meizel
    National Allergy and Asthma Network
    3554 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 385-4403 or (800) 878-4403
    ASTHMA

    A Parent's Guide to Allergies and Asthma
    By Marion Steinmann

    Asthma Resource Directory
    By Carol Rudoff, MA

    Understanding Asthma: The Blueprint for Breathing National Allergy and Asthma Network
    3554 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 385-4403 or (800) 878-4403

    All About Asthma and How to Live With It
    By Glennon, Paul, MD, and Barbara Fafoglia
    Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York

    Ask the Doctor: Asthma
    By Vincent Frieldewald, MD
    Andrews McMeel Publishing
    P.O. Box 419150
    Kansas City, MO 64141
    (816) 932-6700 or (800) 826-4216
    ISBN: 0836270231

    Asthma: The Complete Guide; One Minute Asthma ... What You Need to Know
    By Thomas F. Plaut, MD
    Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
    1125 15th St. NW, Suite 502
    Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 466-7643
    www.aafa.org

    Asthma and Exercise
    By Nancy Hogshead and Gerald S. Couzens
    Henry Holt and Company, 1990
    3554 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 200
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 385-4403 or (800) 878-4403

    Asthma in the Workplace
    By Bernstein, et al.
    John H. Dekker & Sons, 1993
    2941 Clydon St., SW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49509
    (616) 538-5160
    ISBN: 0824787994

    The Asthma Organizer; and School Information Packet Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics
    3554 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 385-4403 or (800) 878-4403

    Breathing Disorders: Your Complete Exercise Guide
    By Neil F. Gordon, MD, PhD, MPH
    Human Kinetics, 1993
    P.O. Box 5076
    Champaign, IL 61825
    (217) 351-5076 or (800)747-4457
    ISBN: 0873224264

    Breathing Easy With Day Care; A Parent's Guide to Asthma; Consumer Update on Asthma
    By Nancy Sander
    Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics
    3554 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 385-4403 or (800) 878-4403

    Bronchial Asthma: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment
    By Eric M. Gershwin and Georges Halpern
    Humana Press, 1994
    Crescent Manor
    Clifton, NJ 07015
    (973) 773-4389
    ISBN: 0896032531

    Conquering Asthma: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding and Care for Adults
    By Michael T. Newhouse and Peter J. Barnes
    Login Publishers Consortium, 1997
    1436 W. Randolph St.
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (312) 733-8228

    Coping With Asthma
    By Carolyn Simpson
    Rosen Publishing Group

    Let's Talk About Having Asthma
    By Elizabeth Weitzman
    Rosen Publishing Group's PowerKids Press
    29 E. 21st St.
    New York, NY 10010
    (212) 777-3017 or (800) 237-9932

    Diets to Help Asthma and Hay Fever
    By Roger Newman Turner
    Harper Collins Canada Limited/Order Dept.
    1995 Markham Rd.
    Scarborough, ON, M1B 5M8, IT
    (800) 387-0117
    ISBN: 0722529112


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    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Detecting Your Hidden Food Allergies
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    ALLER BEE-GONE SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Aller Bee-Gone provides nutrients helpful in relieving allergy symptoms such as glutamic acid HCL, betaine HCL, pepsin, bee pollen, enzymes and herbs. Aller Bee-Gone is a powerful mixture of 27 different herbs in addition to the High Desert Bee Pollen. Aller Bee-Gone is the product that proved the value of natural alternative products to Senator Tom Harkin. Take six or more tablets on an empty stomach as needed. Maximum per day: 36 tablets. Warnings: Some people can be fatally allergic to bee products.

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  • ALLERGY RELIEF SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    NATIVE REMEDIES PRODUCTS

    Native Remedies: AllergyEase Weather Changes, 2 fl. oz.
    Homeopathic remedy for temporary relief from common allergy symptoms due to changes in weather. Relieves allergy-related fatigue, reduces runny nose and dry lips and mouth, eases discomfort from stiff limbs, Relieves minor headaches and foggy mind, reduces restlessness.
    Native Remedies: AllergyEase Hawaii, 2 fl. oz.
    Homeopathic medicine for common allergy symptoms in Hawaii. Temporarily relives itchy, water eyes, runny nose, sneezing and congestion, headaches, fatigue, sore throat, hoarseness, and coughing, relives itchy, irritated skin.
    Native Remedies: AllergyEase Pacific, 2 fl. oz.
    Homeopathic medicine for common allergy symptoms in the U.S. Pacific region, relieving seasonal allergy symptoms specific to Wa, Or, CA, Nv. Relieves itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and congestion, headaches and fatigue, sore throat, hoarseness and coughing.
    Native Remedies: AllergyEase Rocky Mountains, 2 fl. oz.
    Homeopathic medicine for common allergy symptoms in the U.S. Rocky Mountain region commonly experienced in CO, ID, MT, UT, WY, NV, OR, WA, AZ, NM. Relieves sore throat, cough and hoarseness, runny nose and sneezing, congrestion and alleviates headaches, itchy, watery eyes.
    Native Remedies: AllergyEase Southwestern, 2 fl. oz.
    Homeopathic medicine for allergy symptoms common in the U.S. Southwestern region. AllergyEase Southwestern temporarily relieves sore throat, cough and hoarseness Relieves runny nose and sneezing Relieves congestion and minor headaches Soothes itchy, watery eyes. Relieves allergy-related fatigue Relieves seasonal allergy symptoms commonly experienced in OK and TX.
    Native Remedies: AllergyEase Southern, 2 fl. oz.
    Homeopathic remedy for temporary relief from common allergy symptoms in the U.S. Southern region. Relieves sore throat, cough and hoarseness, runny nose, and sneezing, congestion and minor headaches, soothes itchy, watery eyes, allergy-related fatigue. Relieves seasonal allergy symptoms commonly experienced in AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, TN, KY, WV, VA, NC, SC, MD, DE, District of Columbia (DC).
    Native Remedies: AllergyEase Desert, 2 fl. oz.
    AllergyEase Desert temporarily soothes itchy, watery eyes, reduces runny nose, sneezing and congestion, Relieves minor headaches and allergy-related fatigue. Relieves sore throat, hoarseness and coughing. Relieves seasonal allergy symptoms specific to AZ, NM and desert areas of UT, CA, NV.
    Native Remedies: AllergyEase Great Lakes, 2 fl. oz.
    Homeopathic medicine for common allergy symptoms in the U.S. Great Lakes and Midwest regions AllergyEase Great Lakes temporarily relieves sore throat, cough and hoarseness. Relieves runny nose and sneezing. Relieves congestion and minor headaches. Soothes itchy, watery eyes and relieves allergy-related fatigue. Relieves seasonal allergy symptoms commonly experienced in MN, WI, MI, IA, MO, IL, IN, OH.
    Native Remedies: AllergyEase Plains, 2 fl. oz.
    Homeopathic medicine for common allergy symptoms in the U.S. Plains region. AllergyEase Plains temporarily relieves sore throat, cough and hoarseness, runny nose and sneezing, congestion and alleviates headaches, relieves itchy, watery eyes, allergy-related fatigue and seasonal allergy symptoms commonly experienced in ND, SD, NE, KS.
    Native Remedies: AllergyEase Northeastern, 2 fl. oz.
    Safe for adults and children, gluten free. AllergyEase Northeastern is a homeopathic medicine for common allergy symptoms in the Northeastern U.S. AllergyEase Northeastern temporarily relieves itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and congestion, headaches and fatigue, sore throat, hoarseness and coughing. Relieves seasonal allergy symptoms specific to ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC.
    Native Remedies: AllergyEase Dust Mites & Roaches, 2 fl. oz.
    Homeopathic medicine for allergy symptons from dust mite and roach exposure. Relieves symptosm of cockroach and dust mite allergies, skin irritations, reduces congestion, sneezing and coughing, eases respiratory difficulties, relieves itchy, watery eyes, relives minor muscle and joint aches.


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    HerbsPro: Allergease Herb Tea, Health King, 20 Bags
    AllergEase Herb Tea is made of wild scutellariae radix and burdock (arctii fructus). They provide baicalin, baicalein, flavone, sitosterol, vitamin B-1, wogonoside, fatty acid, archiin, etc. Chinese medicine uses them to regulate the immune system, especially in allergy conditions and to remove wind-heat.
    HerbsPro: Allegra Adult 24 Hour Allergy Relief, 5 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Sunmark Loratidine 24 Hour Orally Disintegrating Allergy Relief, 10 Tabs Allergy Relief for indoor and outdoor allergies. Non-drowsy formula that melts in your mouth.
    HerbsPro: Claritin 24 Hour Allergy Liqui-Gels, 10 Count
    HerbsPro: Advil Allergy Congestion Relief Coated Tablets, 10 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Allegra Adult 12 Hour Allergy Relief, 12 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Allegra Childrens 12 Hour Allergy Relief, Orange Cream, ACT, 12 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Alavert 24 Hour Orally Disintegrating Tablets, Citrus Burst, 18 Tabs
    Non-drowsy allergy relief of sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, itching of nose and throat. Loratadine Orally Disintegrating Tablet dosage 10 mg Antihistamine.
    HerbsPro: Alavert 24 Hour Orally Disintegrating Tablets, Fresh Mint, 18 Tabs
    Non-drowsy allergy relief of sneezing, runny nose, itching watery eyes, itching of nose and throat. Loratadine Orally Disintegrating Tablet dosage 10 mg Antihistamine.
    HerbsPro: Benadryl, Dye Free Allergy Relief, 24 Liqui-Gels
    HerbsPro: Chlor-Trimeton 4 Hour Allergy Relief, 24 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Zyrtec Allergy Tablets, 30 Tabs Temporarily relieves these symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies: runny nose; sneezing; itchy, watery eyes; itching of the nose or throat. Indoor and outdoor allergies.
    HerbsPro: Allergiemittel AllerAide Blister Pak, Boericke & Tafel, 40 Tabs
    Multi-Symptom natural homeopathic allergy relief. No drowsiness, safe and effective.
    HerbsPro: Claritin 24 Hour Allergy Relief Tablets, 45 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Aller-Max, Country Life, 50 Caps (36998)
    HerbsPro: Allergy Rescue, Inhibits Allergy Response, Rainbow Light, 60 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Seasonal Allergy Relief, Hylands, 60 Tabs
    For indoor and outdoor allergies, homeopathic medicine for the relief of itchy, water eyes, itchy nose and throat, runny nose and sneezing. Non-drowsy formula. Safe and Effective.
    HerbsPro: Alavert 24 Hour Orally Disintegrating Tablets, Fresh Mint, 60 Tabs
    HerbsPro: AllerFix, Natural Care, 60 VCaps
    Homeopathic Temporarily relieves allergy symptoms from hay fever or respiratory allergies such as sinus congestion,sneezing,nasal discharge, itchy or burning eyes and headache.
    HerbsPro: Allergy Relief, Natural Homeopathic Medicine, NatraBio, 60 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Aller-DMG, Foodscience of Vermont, 60 Tabs (61524)
    HerbsPro: Aller-Dx, Plantiva, 60 Caps (80265)
    HerbsPro: Allergy Formula, Arizona Natural Products, 60 Caps
    Tough on allergies, non-drowsy, non-jittery.
    HerbsPro: Allergy Sinus, NatraBio, 60 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Aller-Aid, Oregon's Wild Harvest, 90 VCaps (83538)
    HerbsPro: Sunmark Allergy Relief, Loratidine 10 mg, 90 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Respir-All Allergy Now Foods, 60 Tabs
    Considered as dietary supplement. GMP quality assured. Respiratory support. Vegetarian formula. With Quercetin, Vitamin C, Nettle Extract & Bromelain.
    Allergy Homeopathic Medicine, Heel Inc, 100 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Aller-Max, Country Life, 100 Caps (36997)
    HerbsPro: Aller-Aid Formula II, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 100 Caps (46000)
    HerbsPro: Sunmark Allergy Relief, Sunmark, 100 Caps
    For temporary relief of sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, and itchy throat.
    HerbsPro: Aller-DMG, Foodscience of Vermont, 120 Wafers (81012)
    HerbsPro: Allergy Relief, BioForce USA, 120 Tabs
    Homeopathic medicine with no side effects for the relief of hay fever, itchy nose, itchy skin, nasal congestion, sneezing, sniffing, watery eyes, swollen lids, and no side effects.
    HerbsPro: Allergy MultiCaps, TwinLab, 200 Caps
    Multinutrient dietary supplement for allergic and chemically hypersensitive individuals.
    HerbsPro: Allergy Relief Eye Drops, Heel, Inc, 0.45 ml (10 Vials)
    Homeopathic formula relieves eye redness, irritation and watery eyes.
    HerbsPro: Allergy Formula, Liddell Laboratories, 1 oz.
    Health practitioner formulated homeopathic medicine with no known side effects. Readily absorbed, easy to use.
    HerbsPro: BioAllers Food Allergies, Dairy Relief, NatraBio, 1 oz.
    HerbsPro: Allergy Shot Spray, California Natural, 1 oz.
    Allergy Shots has a fast acting effect for allergy suffers. Allergy Shots use the power of organic ginger to reduce inflammation. Allergy Shots contains wild crafted Nettles and Eye Bright knowing as natural antihistamines. Allergy Shots uses a host of natural herbal ingredients found from native people around the world. Allergy Shots contains Yerba Santa used by native Ameticans for Hay Fever and Bronchitis. Allergy Shots contains the most powerful tumeric extract available. Allergy Shots uses the power of ginger and a host of other herbal ingredients to provide a fast acting shot for allergy suffers. Ginger is not only an antiinflammatory assisting in allergic reactions but this powerful root has a synergistic effect with the other herbs added to Allergy Shots. Gingers powerful herbal multiplier effect allows Allergy Shots to provide an immediate effect for allergy suffers. Nettles may not have the history of Ginger, but ancient healers actually wiped the stem or stinging portion on to sores and rashes to reduce pain. Nettles hair or the part that stings contains natural histamine blocker, the histamine response is a major player in allergic reactions.
    HerbsPro: BioAllers Food Allergies Grain Relief, 1 oz.
    All region relief of congestion, dry, itchy skin and rashes. Homeopathic formula. No excessive dryness or thirst. Non-drowsy formulas.
    HerbsPro: Allergy Food Shellfish, King Bio Natural Medicines, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Sunmark Childrens Cold & Allergy Elixir, Grape, 4 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Sunmark Childrens All Day Allergy Oral Solution, Bubble Gum Flavor, 4 fl. oz.
    For indoor and outdoor allergies. for 2 years old and older. 24 hour relief of sneezing, running nose, watery itchy eyes, itchy throat or nose.
    HerbsPro: Aller-Care, Child Life, 4 fl. oz. (61267)
    HerbsPro: Allergy Shot, California Natural, 4 fl. oz.
    Allergy Shots has a fast acting effect for allergy suffers. Allergy Shots use the power of organic ginger to reduce inflammation. Allergy Shots contains wild crafted Nettles and Eye Bright knowing as natural antihistamines. Allergy Shots uses a host of natural herbal ingredients found from native people around the world. Allergy Shots contains Yerba Santa used by native Ameticans for Hay Fever and Bronchitis. Allergy Shots contains the most powerful tumeric extract available. Allergy Shots uses the power of ginger and a host of other herbal ingredients to provide a fast acting shot for allergy suffers.
    HerbsPro: Aller-Ease, Buried Treasure, 16 oz. (50980)
    Herbal Blend: Bayberry helps reduce swollen mucous membranes. It is a natural astringent. Eyebright is "the eye, ear, nose, and throat herb", that clears up weepy, allergy-stricken eyes. Mullein helps reduce inflammation, and fight disease-causing microbes, soothes sore throat and relieves coughs.


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: AllergEase Herb Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags: HF
    AllergEase Herb Tea is made of wild scutellariae radix, solomon seal, astragalus, angelica root polygala, eleuthero, tender green tea leaf and jasmine flower. They provide baicalin, baicalein, flavone, sitosterol, vitamin b1, wogonoside, fatty acid, archiin, etc. Chinese medicine uses them to regulate the immune system especially in allergy conditions and to remove wind-heat.
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Animal Hair And Dander Homeopathic, Bio-Allers, 1 fl oz: HF
    Temporarily relieves allergy symptoms congestion sneezing watery eyes difficult breathing itching rashes. All Regions Formula, BioAllers provides symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulation the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. bioAllers combines precise levels of homeopathic ingredients with specific homeopathic allergens called allersodes.
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Allergy Treatment Mold Yeast and Dust, Homeopathic, Bio-Allers, 1 fl oz: HF
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Grass Pollen Treatment, Homeopathic, Bio-Allers, 1 fl oz: HF
    All Region Relief for temporary relief of allergy symptoms, sinus pain and pressure, congestion, sneezing and runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, headache. BioAllers provides symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulating the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. bioAllers combines precise levels of homeopathic allergens called allersodes. The result of this two-part combination formula is a system of natural allergy treatment for the relief of symptoms without the unwanted side effects of drowsiness and dry mouth. Advanced formulations Non-drowsy formulas No excessive dryness or thirst All Region Relief bioAllers products are specifically formulated to deliver allergy symptom relief in any climate and in any region across the U.S.
    Kalyx: Allergy Food & Chemical Relief, King Bio Homeopathic, 2 fl oz: HF
    King Bio Homeopathic Allergy Food & Chemical Relief for relief of minor symptoms of mucus congestion, headaches, gas, bloating, itchiness and mild swelling associated with the consumption of certain foods, exposure to chemical irritants or over sensitivity to the environment.
    Kalyx: Allergy Shots, California Natural, 4 fl oz: HF
    Ginger and Nettles Leaf Eyebright and Trmeric Root Relief in a Bottle. Allergy Shots uses the power of ginger and a host of other herbal ingredients to provide a fast acting shoot for allergy suffers.
    Kalyx: Zand Cold, Flu & Allergy Formula, Zumka PM Cough & Cold, 8 fl. oz.: K
    Kalyx: Outdoor Allergy, Natra-Bio, 60 Tabs: K
    NatraBio BioAllers Outdoor Allergy is homeopathic relief for sinus allergy sufferers and pollen, hay fever allergies. Outdoor Allergy is a homeopathic combination to help relieve symptoms of pollen and hay fever allergic reactions such as fever, runny nose, sneezing, itchyand watery eyes, sinus pressure and headache. Helps desensitize sufferers against future pollen and hay fever allergic episodes.
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Outdoor Allergy Treatment, 60 Tablets: HF
    BioAllers Outdoor Allergy Treatment pollen and hay fever, runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, sinus pressure, headache. BioAllers provide symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulating the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. BioAllers combine precise levels of homeopathic ingredients with specific homeopathic allergens. This special two part medicine acts to relieve allergy symptoms and to promote resistance by gradually exposing the body to allergens over time.
    Kalyx: Allergy Relief, Natra-Bio, 60 Tabs: K
    Providing natural relief for the symptoms of: Runny Nose Sneezing Itchy, Watery Eyes Hay Fever Allergies Upset Stomach NatraBio® is proud to bring you the next era in symptom relief. Scientifically developed to deliver fast, effective relief in a quick and convenient liquid, NatraBio® products are strong enough for the toughest symptoms yet gentle enough for children.
    Kalyx: Pe Min Kan Wan (Nasal Allergy), Plum Flower, 100 Pills: V (Special Order)
    Kalyx: Hylands 4 Kids Allergy Relief, Hyland Homeopathic, 125 Quick-Dissolving Tabs: K
    Kalyx: Allergy Relief 4 Kids, Hylands Homeopathic, 125 Tabs: HF
    Kalyx: Jade Dragon Seasonal Allergies (Pe Min Gan Wan), NuHerbs, 200 Pills: TC
    Quickly clears nasal congestion due to Wind-Cold. Excellent for seasonal allergy sneezing and runny nose.


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  • BIOALLERS ALLERGY RELIEF PRODUCTS

    BioAllers homeopathic medicine provides treatment for allergy sufferers. BioAllers brings relief in two ways: Short-term symptom relief. Long-term resistance to specific allergens. Symptom relief is attained through stimulation of the natural healing response. Precise levels of homeopathic ingredients work safely and without side effects. Gradual exposure to small doses of specific allergens builds resistance. The body's natural defenses adapt, no longer triggering allergic reactions. BioAllers - for the safest, natural treatment of your allergies. Adults, for acute symptoms, take 15 drops under the tongue every 3-4 hours. For continued allergy relief, take 15 drops under the tongue 3 times daily. Children 2-12 years of age, take 3-5 drops under the tongue 3 times daily. Dosage for sensitive persons and asthma sufferers is contained in the package insert. For best results take in a clean mouth. Warnings: If symptoms worsen or persist for more than 5 days, consult a health care professional. As with any drug, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health care professional before using this product. Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: BioAllers Food Allergies, Dairy Relief, NatraBio, 1 oz.
    HerbsPro: BioAllers Food Allergies Grain Relief, 1 oz.
    All region relief of congestion, dry, itchy skin and rashes. Homeopathic formula. No excessive dryness or thirst. Non-drowsy formulas.


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Animal Hair And Dander Homeopathic, Bio-Allers, 1 fl oz: HF
    Temporarily relieves allergy symptoms congestion sneezing watery eyes difficult breathing itching rashes. All Regions Formula, BioAllers provides symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulation the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. bioAllers combines precise levels of homeopathic ingredients with specific homeopathic allergens called allersodes.
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Allergy Treatment Mold Yeast and Dust, Homeopathic, Bio-Allers, 1 fl oz: HF
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Grass Pollen Treatment, Homeopathic, Bio-Allers, 1 fl oz: HF
    All Region Relief for temporary relief of allergy symptoms, sinus pain and pressure, congestion, sneezing and runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, headache. BioAllers provides symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulating the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. bioAllers combines precise levels of homeopathic allergens called allersodes. The result of this two-part combination formula is a system of natural allergy treatment for the relief of symptoms without the unwanted side effects of drowsiness and dry mouth. Advanced formulations Non-drowsy formulas No excessive dryness or thirst All Region Relief bioAllers products are specifically formulated to deliver allergy symptom relief in any climate and in any region across the U.S.
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Outdoor Allergy Treatment, 60 Tablets: HF
    BioAllers Outdoor Allergy Treatment pollen and hay fever, runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, sinus pressure, headache. BioAllers provide symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulating the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. BioAllers combine precise levels of homeopathic ingredients with specific homeopathic allergens. This special two part medicine acts to relieve allergy symptoms and to promote resistance by gradually exposing the body to allergens over time.


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    Warning: Homeopathic remedies should be administered under the close supervision of a professional because they sometimes cause an initial flare-up of symptoms.



    HAYFEVER RELIEF SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: BioAllers Pollen & Hayfever Relief, NatraBio, 1 fl. oz. (16534)
    Description #1 Allergy Brand. 20% USP Alcohol. All Region Relief. Homeopathic. Itchy, Watery Eyes. Sinus Pressure, Congestion. Sneezing and Runny Nose.
    HerbsPro: Allergies & Hay Fever, King Bio Natural Medicines, 2 oz. (49924)
    HerbsPro: Hayfever Homeopathic Relief, Hylands, 100 Tabs (15796)
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  • NASAL SPRAY ALLERGY PRODUCTS

    During allergy season it helps to re-moisturize the nasal passages and clean them of dust, dirt, dander and other allergens. The nasal spray is also useful during a bout of sinusitis, or inflammation and infection of the sinus passages.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Allerfix Nasal Mist, Natural Care, 0.5 fl. oz.
    Homeopathic medicine helps relieve symptoms of runny nose and sneeziung, congestion and headach, itchy watery eyes.
    HerbsPro: Vicks Sinex Moisturizing 12 Hour Ultra Fine Nasal Mist, Decongestant Pump, 0.5 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Bioallers 0Indoor Allergy Nasal Spray, 0.8 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Nasalcrom Nasal Spray, Med Tech Products, 0.88 fl. oz.
    Prevents and Relieves Nasal Allergy Symptoms, runny itchy nose, sneezing, allergy stuffy nose, without drowsiness. Full Prescription Strength. Safe For Ages 2 Years and Older.
    HerbsPro: Ponaris Nasal Emollient, 1 oz.
    Ponaris Nasal Emollient was included in NASAs medical space kit! For relief of: Nasal congestion due to colds. Nasal irritations. Atrophic rhinitis (dry, inflamed nasal passages). Allergy manifestations (rose and hay fever). Nasal mucosal encrustations. Ponaris is a compound of carefully selected mucosal lubricating and moisturizing botanical oils specially treated through the exclusive J-R iodization process since 1931.
    HerbsPro: Saline & Aloe Nasal Spray, Naturade, 1.5 oz.
    For fast, soothing relief of sinus irritation with gently moisturizing natural sea salt and soothing aloe vera. Gentle enough for infants.


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: MucusFix Nasal Spray, Natural Care, 0.5 fl oz: HF
    Menthol 2X Helps Relieve Symptoms Of: Mucus Congestion Cols and Runny Nose Cough with Mucus Temporarily relieves mucus congestion due to colds, chest and sinus congestion, expectoration of mucus, rattling and hacking coughs.
    Kalyx: Sinol Sinol-M Homeopathic Allergy and Sinus Relief, 15 ml: HF
    Relieves allergy and sinus symptoms. Clears congestion in seconds. Non-Habit Forming, Doctor Recommended and Clinically Proven Effectiveness.
    Kalyx: Sinol All Natural Nasal Spray with MucoAd Fast Headache Relief 0.5 fl oz (15 ml): K
    Sinol headache spray uses Capsaicin, an ingredient that comes from the pepper plant and is found in most spicy foods. The capsaicin in Sinol relaxes the blood vessels to quickly relieve your headache pain in minutes. Intranasal application provides relief without significant delay during the acute phase of the attack.
    Kalyx: Sinol All-Natural Nasal Sprays with Capsaicin Allergy & Sinus Relief, 15 ml: K
    Description Sinol is used by many of our customers who are pregnant, however, we request that they check with a healthcare practitioner first.
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Sinus and Allergy Relief Nasal Spray, 0.8 fl oz: HF
    Kalyx: Himalayan Institute Neti Mist Sinus Spray, 1 fl oz: HF
    Neti Mist Sinus Spray is a new 100% all-natural spray uniquely formulated with ingredients to help soothe and decongest your sinuses Helps relieve sinus congestion and pressure, cold and allergy symptoms.


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    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    Alka-Seltzer Plus Sinus Congestion, Bayer, 20 EachFor relief of severe sinus congestion and pressure, allergy and cough. Relief of runny nose and sneezing, itchy watery eyes, headache and pain
    HerbsPro: Dr. Murray's Lung, Bronchial & Sinus Health, Natural Factors, 90 Tabs
    Lung, Bronchial & Sinus Health is an all-natural formula designed by Dr. Murray to nourish and support the entire respiratory system.
    HerbsPro: SinusClear, Ephedra Free Herbal, Ridgecrest Herbals, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: ClearLungs, Ridgecrest Herbals, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: ClearLungs, Extra Strength, Ridgecrest Herbals, 60 Caps
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    HerbsPro: Lung & Bronchial, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 100 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Vicks Sinex Vapospray 12 Hour Decongestant With Soothing Vapors, Proctor & Gamble, 0.5 oz.
    HerbsPro: ClearLungs Chest Rub, Ridgecrest Herbals, 1 oz.
    HerbsPro: Sinus & Lung Extract, Dr, Christophers Formulas, 1 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Lung & Bronchial Extract, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Sinus Plus Extract, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Lungs & Bronchial Relief, King Bio Natural Medicines, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: ClearLungs Liquid, Ridgecrest Herbals, 2 fl. oz. >
    HerbsPro: Sinusin Oral Drops, Heel Inc, 50 ml


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: SinuFix Super Strength, Natural Care, 0.5 fl oz: HF
    For the temporary, soothing relief of virus-induced nasal and sinus congestion and pressure, dry, irritated nasal membranes associated with a cold and sinusitis, irritated/swollen sinus passages, hay fever, overuse of decongestant sprays or drops, or other upper respiratory allergies (allergic rhinitis). Helps cleanse nasal passages and promotes nasal and sinus drainage. Powerful Nasal Decongestant Mist. For Children and Adults. Quick Symptomatic Relief From: Virus-Induced, common cold and flu symptoms, sneezing, nasal congestion, throat irritation, stuffy nose.
    Kalyx: Sinus Buster Allergy Buster, 0.68 fl oz: HF
    Homeopathic nasal spray that relieves sinus congestion and sneezing.
    Kalyx: Sinus Relief, Natra-Bio, 1 fl oz: K
    Sinus is a homeopathic combination to provide allergy and sinus sufferers with relief from sinus pressure and headaches, nasal congestion, sneezing and runny nose. All natural ingredients, no side effects, no drowsiness, advance formulations, made in accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States.
    Kalyx: Sinus Relief, Natra-Bio, 60 Tablets: K
    Providing natural relief for the symptoms of: Sinus Headache Sinus Pressure & Pain Nasal Congestion Sneezing & Runny Nose NatraBio is proud to bring you the next era in symptom relief. Scientifically developed to deliver fast, effective relief in a quick and convenient liquid, NatraBio products are strong enough for the toughest symptoms yet gentle enough for children.


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