Saturday, April 12, 2014

Allergies, Are There Healthier Alternatives Beyond the Drugstore?

For all you seasonal allergy sufferers who are just now experiencing the old tell-tale symptoms you've grown to hate; the wheezing, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny or stuffed up nose. Well you'll be happy to know there are more options for you to choose from. Studies show that it's now possible to get much of the same great relief you've gotten from drugs but from herbal supplements found in nature.
As an allergy sufferer myself, I used to think that the only way to get relief from my allergies was to drive up to the corner drugstore and pick up one of the many commonly doctor recommended, (and usually highly advertised) over the counter drugs, containing Antihistamines, as an example: Allegra, Benadryl, Dimetain, Claritin or Zyrtec, etc. I found that although these drugs were very effective in controlling allergy symptoms, they also came with a troubling list of possible side-effects like, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth, confusion and more. Now that I'm, older, I've noticed that Antihistamines also have an adverse effect on my ability to urinate, by increasing the size of my already enlarged prostate. In addition, most doctors will also discourage you from taking Antihistamines if you have high blood pressure, thyroid problems, kidney
or liver disease, bladder obstruction or glaucoma. Also, it is not advised to take antihistamine for women who are pregnant or are nursing. The older first generation of Antihistamine based drugs like Benadryl, Cholr-Timeton and Tavists are particularly more guilty of causing severe drowsiness than the newer drugs do.
Lately, many of the people suffering from allergies are discovering that their best choice for relief is from Mother Nature. Studies are indicating that a variety of all-natural supplement treatments can help, and often without the troubling side effects ascribed to in traditional drug supported care. "Using nature-based products can be a very useful way to handle mild allergies and a useful adjunct for more significant allergies, and there are many types of treatments you can safely try" says Mary Hardy, MD, director of integrative medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. One particularly popular and well studied all-natural supplement is the European herb Butterbur (Petasites hybirdus). Dr. Hardy said that this herb "has had some very impressive clinical trial results." In a study, published recently in the British Medical Journal, a group of Swiss researchers found that just one tablet of Butterbur taken four times a day was as effective as one popular Antihistamine Drug in controlling hay fever but without the drowsiness side-effects. Other herbal supplements are proving very helpful as well.
Many Naturopathic doctors also believe that a popular grape seed, and red wine extract, both containing the bioflavonoid compound called quercetin are herbal supplements that can quiet allergy symptoms. These two herbal supplements used in conjunction with Vitamin C are extremely effective in reducing allergy symptoms says James Dillard, MD. These natural supplements are incorporated into a powder, which dissolves easily in water. In this liquid state, these supplements assume the same consistency as our natural body fluids and can be quickly, and completely absorbed into the lining of the stomach in as little as 3 to 5 minutes, thus increasingly the speed of its effectiveness in subduing allergy symtoms. This product is marketed as Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins or OPC. Even the simple and completely natural, saline nasal spray found in just about every drug store or even super market across the country, is effective against allergy symptoms by effectively washing out pollen and reducing or thinning mucous, and it's cheap too. Natural allergy remedies can make a difference but should not be used to completely replace medications or other treatments. Be sure and consult a doctor before making changes in the treatment of your Allergies.

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