Even if you’d rather not go the over-the-counter route for allergy relief, there are several natural-remedies found in some health groceries and pharmacies that may be worth trying. Just remember it’s important to discuss any supplements you’re taking with your doctor, to make sure you won’t experience any adverse effects from the combination of alternative supplements with any other medications or therapies you are taking.
Most of these remedies are supposed to reduce inflammation, and holistic pharmacist Sherry Torkos, author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine recommends:
Butterbur: This herb contains compounds that reduce swelling and can relieve muscle spasms, so it’s used to relieve allergy symptoms as well as to help migraines, stomach ulcers and irritable bladder symptoms. Some formulations contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can harm the liver, so make sure the label doesn’t list these chemicals.
Dosage: 50 mg twice daily
Vitamin C: “It helps reduce histamine production, which is the chemical mediator that causes itchy nose and watery eyes,” says Torkos.
Dosage: 500-1,000 mg a few times a day
Quercetin: The natural plant-derived bioflavonoid may prevent cells from releasing histamine and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Foods like apples and berries, as well as teas and red wine contain quercetin, but it’s also available as a supplement.
Dosage: 500 mg three times daily
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