How To Combat Allergy With Herbal Remedies
Allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to substances that are harmless to most people. Sneezing, itching, runny nose, rashes and breathing difficulties triggered by allergens could be treated with certain herbs.
Combat Allergy With Herbal Remedies
Petasites Hybridus (Butterbur)
Butterbur, an indigenous herb of Europe, is a one of most effective herbal allergy remedies. It is especially beneficial for healing seasonal allergic rhinitis. The antihistamine property of butterbur has been demonstrated in clinical trials. Studies suggest that butterbur is as effective as popular antihistamines such as cetirizine in reducing the symptoms of seasonal allergy. Butterbur could be used for treating asthma induced by allergies. It could reduce inflammation of the airways by suppressing production of inflammatory mediators and by reducing excess mucus production in the lungs.
Allium Cepa (Onion)
Onion that brings water to your eyes could also help to heal watery eyes induced by allergic reactions. In Ayurvedic system of medicine, Allium cepa or red onion bulb is used as an herbal remedy for allergy. By inhibiting histamine secretion, onion bulb extract could attenuate the symptoms of allergy. It could be used for treating breathing problems triggered by allergic reactions. By suppressing the activities of pro-inflammatory substances in the lung tissues, onion could reduce inflammation of the airways. In addition, the antioxidant activities of the herb could protect the lung tissues from oxidative stress that rises owing to allergies.
Schinus Terebinthifolius (Brazilian Pepper)
The leaves of the Brazilian pepper tree are widely used in folk medicines for treating the symptoms of allergies. The herbal remedy for allergy could suppress histamine secretion. By preventing degranulation of mast cells, it helps to improve the activities of the mast cells in combating the immune response to allergens. By reducing the eosinophil level that rises as a response to allergic reactions, Schinus terebinthifolius reduces the symptoms of allergy.
Euphorbia Hirta (Asthma Weed)
Euphorbia hirta, also known as the asthma weed, is a natural antihistamine. The herb is widely used for treating asthma triggered by allergens. By inhibiting mast cell degranulation it can enhance the natural ability of the body to fight the adverse affect of histamine secretion. Moreover, by obstructing accumulation of eosinophil and suppressing activities of eosinophil peroxidase, asthma weed could reduce breathing difficulties induced by allergies.
Syzygium Cumini (Java Plum, Black Plum)
Syzygium cumini or black plum is a popular tropical fruit that can fight allergies. In Brazilian folklore, it is used for treating seasonal allergies. By preventing mast cell degranulation, it can reduce histamine secretion. By obstructing accumulation of eosinophil, it could reduce inflammation of the airways. This herbal allergy remedy could be used for treating asthma.
Uncaria Guianensis (Cat’s Claw)
Cat’s claw, native to the tropical regions of South and Central America, is widely used in the folk medicines of these regions for healing allergies. The leaves of cat’s claw could reduce inflammation of the respiratory tract that causes breathing difficulties. Treatment with cat’s claw helps to inhibit abnormal accumulation of immune cells such as eosinophil, neutrophil and leukocyte in the pleural cavity of the lungs.