Hay Fever (Seasonal Allergies)

Symptoms include:

Sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion, itchy, watery or red eyes, swollen or blue-colored skin under the eyes (allergic shiners), postnasal drip, fatigue.

Hay fever, also called Allergic Rhinitis is an allergic condition that over 3 million Americans suffer from per year. It causes cold-like symptoms and is very misunderstood by the medical profession. Ask almost any Doctor and they will tell you that “allergens” such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander and a host of other nasty substances cause Hay fever. But this is quite superficial. One website identifies Hay fever in this way, “When you have hay fever, your immune system identifies a harmless airborne substance as harmful.” – this is the modern medical viewpoint: The human body is incredibly stupid and does random things like identifying harmless substances as harmful, attacking itself and who knows, maybe it is just out to get you. What outlandish nonsense! There is always cause and effect and Allergies are NOT caused by the body misidentifying flying objects.

Causes

Hay fever is linked to “risk factors” such as asthma, dermatitis, sinusitis and ear infections. What do all of these have in common? They are all connected to organs that filter and all are connected to your airways in one way or another.  But Hay fever is not caused by your body falsely identifying harmless substances as harmful. It is caused by intestinal toxemia. Toxins (poison) which is absorbed from the colon, excreted through the lungs and irritates the airways, causing them to contract and spasm. In an individual who does not harbor this large amount of toxic waste the body is not affected by pollen and “allergens” because it can easily eliminate but the body is SO SMART that it realizes it is dealing with a toxic load and cannot afford to take in even mildly harmless “allergens” so it produces these effects such as sneezing to get rid of them so the eliminative and cleansing organs don’t have to take the load. All Allergies are caused by Toxemia. Pollen and dust simply activate the response because the body has such a heightened sensitivity.

Your body is incredibly smart, it knows what it is doing! The reason Hay fever is more likely in Asthmatics is that they also have a toxic load and blocked restricted and/or irritated airways. Both have the same root cause. Often children born into a smoker home or one that contains lots of pets will contract Asthma very early in life and be more susceptible to hay fever and allergies.

Natural Treatment

The internal eliminative organs need to be cleansed. Remove the toxins from the body and the hay fever will disappear. This starts with a good bowel cleanse. Herbdoc.com offers a very high-quality bowel cleanse and full cleanse kit. It works really well! Secondly, you need to eliminate mucous forming foods. This means processed foods such as snacks, chips, crackers, most store-bought bread, meat, eggs, all processed sugar, milk, and all dairy.  Flours and grains should be avoided while you cleanse. Grains should be unprocessed and natural.

Formula
The next step is to rebuild the damaged nervous system. Dr. Christopher made a formula including Black Cohosh, Cayenne, hops flowers, Lady’s Slipper, Lobelia, Scullcap, Valerian, Wood Betony, and Mistletoe. These herbs feed and revitalize the damaged nervous system and strengthen the motor nerve at the base of the skull, rebuild the frayed nerve sheath and the nerve itself.

An alternative formula that will be easier to make yourself: Brigham Tea Herb, Marshmallow Root, Goldenseal Root, Horseradish Root, Burdock Root, Parsley Root, Lobelia Herb & Cayenne Pepper. Some balk at the idea of using Cayenne pepper but it aides tremendously in moving herbs to where they need to be and accelerates their effectiveness. This formula alone has done wonders for many people with Asthma, allergies and any condition that impacts the airways.

Lastly, we want to add a natural antihistamine that has no side effects (besides those of cleansing which go away). This Natural Antihistamine contains Brigham herb, Marshmallow root, Juniper berries, Golden Seal root, Chaparral, Burdock root, Parsley root, and Lobelia. This formula contains a natural antibiotic to kill infections, a natural source of high-quality calcium to rebuild the nerves, blood cleansing herbs because the life is in the blood and work very synergistically.  It would also be wise to use distilled water which acts as a mild blood cleanser and picks up inorganic waste and toxins in the blood and pushes them out of the body.

Other natural treatments

Chinese Herbal Medicine
52 patients who had Hay fever were assigned randomly in a blinded fashion to a semi-standardized treatment of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine or to a control group which received acupuncture applied to non-acupuncture points in addition to a non-specific Chinese herbal formulation. This study has several flaws in my opinion. First of all, it is small, secondly, it assumes acupuncture does not work if used on non-specific points and finally it assumes that non-specific Chinese herbal formulas have no effect on Hay fever. Also, there is no way to prove based on this study whether Acupuncture or herbs or a mix of both were the reasons for the results. In spite of these flaws the results did indicate a significant “efficacious and safe” treatment option.[1]Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized-controlled clinical trial

What were the herbs used in the formula? Schizonepeta(sometimes called Japanese catnip), Chrysanthemum, Senna, Plantain, Water Chestnut, Field Mint, Ducksmeat Herb, Chinese Peony, Astragalus, Poor man’s Ginseng (Codonopsitis),

Butterbur

In a very thorough review of double-blind randomized clinical trials testing herbal medicine against placebo or a current drug prescribed for Hay fever Butterbur(Petasites Hybridus) came up a number of times as a prominent and effective treatment.  It was statistically superior to placebo and just as effective as current drug antihistamines.[2]Herbal medicines for the treatment of allergic rhinitis: a systematic reviewNOTE: It should be noted that the studies on Butterbur noted in this review were funded by a manufacturer of this same herbal extract so a conflict of interest potential does arise.

Biminne (Chinese formula) for Allergies and Hay Fever

A study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in 2002 examined another Chinese Herbal formula containing 11 herbs. Each herbal capsule contained 460mg of dried herbal extract.  Herbal extract was prepared from the following herbs: Scutellaria baicalensis(Chinese skullcap), Rehmannia glutinosa(Sheng Di Huang), Polygonatum sibiricum(Huang jing), Ginkgo biloba(Yin Xing Yi), Epimedium sagittatum(Barrenwort), Psoralea corylifolia(Babchi), Schisandra chinensis(Magnolia berry or Five-flavor berry), pulp of Prunus mume(Plum blossom), Ledebouriella divaricata(Fangfeng), Angelica dahurica(Wild Celery), Astragalus membranaceus(Huang Qi)

Patients took 5 capsules twice daily for 12 weeks. At the time of the study (before herbal treatment) 81% of the Biminne group needed medications to relieve their symptoms and only 69% of the placebo group did. After this 3 month, trial medications were reduced by 77% (VA scores) in the Biminne group and only 13% in the placebo group and this trend continued at the 1-year review.  The conclusion of the researchers: “The Biminne formulation was demonstrated to be safe and effective in relieving the symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis. Its effects may be
prolonged as some benefits could still be demonstrated at 12 months.”[3]The Chinese herbal formulation Biminne in management of perennial allergic rhinitis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 12-week clinical trial

Medical Treatment

The medical treatment, as usual, targets the symptoms, not the root cause. Common medical treatment includes:

Steroids such as:

Flucticasone (sold as Aller-Flo, ArmonAir RespiClick, Ticanase) – a steroid for the treatment of itching, swelling, and allergic skin disorders.  Unfortunately, this drug is linked to a “serious” clinical condition called Glucocorticoid-induced adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal problems caused by drugs can be life-threatening and completely destroy your health. They often cause fatigue and loss of energy. Also, unfortunately, we cannot predict the risk based on dose or duration. Prevalence is estimated at between 50-100% for initial treatment.[4]Why glucocorticoid withdrawal may sometimes be as dangerous as the treatment itself

Triamcinolone Acetonide – Used in the treatment of inflammation and some skin disorders.  Unfortunately all these Glucocorticoid drugs cause serious negative effects such as adrenal failure and atrophogencitiy (atrophy of the skin. You can say goodbye to youthful skin)[5]Topical Corticosteroids and Unwanted Local Effects while big pharma is working on new steroid drugs that supposedly won’t have these negatives we won’t hold our breath.

Antihistamines such as:

Loratadine (sold as Claritin, Allerclear) – Marketed under many different names including Allergy Relief and Alavert as well as Non-Drowsy Allergy. Side effects include liver damage, tightness in chest or difficulty breathing, fainting, and seizures as well as low platelet count which is not good. A paper published in the Lancet looked at the dangers of non-sedating antihistamines. In this paper, the dangers are discussed and one of the things mentioned is the banning of terfenadine which is to all intents and purposes the same drug as Claritin. The reason it was banned is for life-threatening side effects. It also mentions the prevalence of arrhythmias among Antihistamine users and how it is crucial not to exceed dose due to serious side effects.[6]Dangers of non-sedating antihistamines The drug manufacturer says they are rare but the research finds they are not so rare.  What is most concerning to me is the discussion in regards to whether Doctors should discuss risk with patients which could “unnecessarily alarm” them. I am sorry but I will be the judge of what alarms me, I want the facts! You can’t trust these drug companies.

Decongestants such as:

Xylometazoline (sold as Otrivin) – Causes acne, skin sensitivity, burning, dryness or scaling. In a small study, individuals were given Xylometazoline nasal spray in double the recommended dose twice a day. After 30 days using the nasal spray, there was no change 1 hr after drug administration as before starting the medication. There was no rebound swelling noted in the first 10 days but after 30 days rebound swelling occurred in 90% of patients[7]Sustained use of xylometazoline nasal spray shortens the decongestive response and induces rebound swelling

 

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