Herbs for allergies
Allergy is one of the most common diseases in the world, the prevalence of allergic diseases is increasing at an alarming rate especially in highly industrialized countries of Western Europe and the United States. It is estimated that soon the number of patients is equal to the number of healthy individuals. Unfortunately, such a sharp rise in the incidence of allergies is the paradox of modernity – the higher the level of hygiene and industrialization, the greater the incidence of allergies. More and more people are looking for natural ways to combat allergy symptoms, what herbs can therefore be used in relieving the symptoms of allergies? Below are a few suggestions of medicinal plants, which can be useful for allergy sufferers.
Allergic to herbs?
Many allergy sufferers probably wondering how you can combat allergy symptoms by plants, it’s just pollen are the cause of troublesome symptoms of allergies. Of course, the use of most herbs do not cause allergies in most people, even in allergy (pollen, many herbaceous plants that are allergens causing allergy symptoms, but infusions from dried plant parts – leaves and stems can be very helpful in combating allergy symptoms) always, however, may find someone who will be allergic to something which for most is quite safe. However, keep in mind that herbs taken in the form of tea are much better tolerated by the body and rarely cause symptoms of allergies.
Allergy sufferers can benefit from a number of treatments depending on the severity of allergy symptoms – synthetic antihistamines, nasal drops and eye, immunotherapy or so-called “desensitization”, effective in relieving the symptoms of allergies can also be herbs. The use of herbs can be combined with conventional therapy, or if symptoms are not too severe, you can try to use the same herbal infusions, especially in people who are taking synthetic drugs causes the occurrence of side reactions such as drowsiness and distraction. However, if the symptoms are very severe, or if the allergy is accompanied by asthma, the use of the same herb may not be sufficient, however, can help you effectively relieving symptoms. For herbal therapy to work, however, it must be used regularly for at least several weeks.
How it’s working?
Phytotherapy allergic diseases is based on antihistamines and purifying properties of herbal infusions:
- Antihistamine properties – is nothing other than the inhibition of secretion of histamine by the body. The same modus operandi is most medication allergies. Histamine is a hormone secreted in many areas of the body and is stored mainly by immune cells arranged in connective tissues and mucous membranes in the vicinity of the so-called mast cells. From these cells, histamine is released during the inflammatory response. In healthy people, histamine is released only under the influence of penetration into the body of harmful micro-organisms or substances, and the release of histamine in allergic patients and an inflammatory reaction develops from penetrating into the body seemingly harmless ordinary substances as pollen or food ingredients. Inhibition of histamine thus leads to alleviate the inflammatory reaction and the same symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, watery or itchy eyes. Plants produce substances that inhibit the release of histamine, so they are useful in the treatment of allergic diseases. One such substance is chamazulene contained in essential oils of chamomile and yarrow, chamazulene also acts antispasmodic, thanks chamomile and yarrow plants are useful in relieving the symptoms of allergies accompanied by asthma. Another substance inhibiting the release of histamine is quercetin, a plant rich in quercetin dark grapes, broccoli, strawberries and onions.
- Purifying properties – appropriate cleansing the body also relieves the symptoms of allergies, by removing waste products from the body. Plants with cleansing properties not only help get rid of harmful substances that negatively float on the condition of the whole body but also help in “getting rid” of allergens that cause inflammatory reactions.
Herbs for allergy sufferers:
- Chamomile – chamomile contains chamazulene, thus it inhibits the release of histamine and anti-allergic It is important to use high-quality chamomile, is contained in teas express and ground into powder is very valuable because it contains few essential oils. Chamomile also acts antispasmodic, it is also effective in alleviating allergic dermatitis, allergic conjunctivitis and purulent (using external).
- Yarrow – like chamomile, yarrow inhibits the release of histamine through contained in the essential oils containing chamazulene. Besides Yarrow reduces inflammation. Drinking infusions of yarrow provides many other health benefits because thanks to the content of different compounds work in different directions: helps digestion and absorption of nutrients from food, contributes to the functioning of the liver, inhibit minor bleeding from the vessels and gastrointestinal tract.
- Nettle – nettle is a plant cleansing the blood – is a diuretic, has a strong anti-inflammatory, as a result of research on nettle has also been found that extracts of nettle inhibit inflammatory reactions that accompany seasonal allergies, also by inhibiting the secretion of histamine. Nettle work here is twofold inhibiting allergic reactions and acting strongly cleansing.
- Goldenrod – works primarily cleansing, thanks to the content huge amounts of antioxidants, goldenrod so removes from the body of free radicals, which are produced during inflammatory reactions, thereby negatively affecting the work of the whole organism and contribute to the formation of many diseases – atherosclerosis and cancer. Well relieves the symptoms, especially hay fever. Infusions of goldenrod also anti-inflammatory. Treatment cleansing carried out from time to time with goldenrod is excellent not only for allergy sufferers, because drinking the brew of goldenrod increases the excretion of excess salt, uric acid and ammonia from the body and reduces swelling.
- Eyebright – herbal tea has anti-inflammatory, reduces the permeability of the capillary walls in the mucous membranes, and also reduces the level of secretion of histamine. Eyebright is very effective also for external applications (washing, compresses, poultices) in symptoms of allergic and inflammatory diseases – such as the spring conjunctivitis. Great also check for other non-allergic problems, infusion can be washed eyelids when eyes are tired artificial light, steady by looking at a computer screen or reading long.
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