By Jan de Vries
As summer approaches, most of us enjoy the long hours of daylight and look forward to warm weather so we can sit in the garden and relax. But sufferers of hayfever usually have mixed feelings about this time of year.
In Britain there are millions of people with an allergy to pollen. For some the only symptoms are a runny nose and itchy eyes, but for others, the reaction is much more severe and they are often desperate for some relief.
Hayfever affects not only the tissues in the nose, throat and eyes; it also affects the immune system and can cause great suffering. Fortunately there is a lot of help available from natural medicine. The remedy Luffa Complex (Pollinosan) has proved a great help to many, and also comes in the form of a nasal spray.
Hayfever can affect anyone who possesses an allergic tendency or oversensitivity. For years I have told patients that the real causes of hay fever are hidden in the immune system. It is our individual defensive response to an invasion of pollen that affects the sensitive immune system, and an imbalance may result.
One particular contributory factor that is often overlooked is the possibility that the liver is not receiving the nourishment it requires as a result of a dietary imbalance.
For this reason it is essential that hayfever sufferers carefully consider their dietary regime, as chemical additives and preservatives, and a high protein diet may exacerbate the problem. I always advise my patients to be very careful with milk, cheese and table salt. Regular consumption of some honey, preferably local, can be helpful.
Furthermore, any extreme emotions or trauma can affect the immune defence system, and cause metabolic disorders and/or hypersensitivity.
These factors may lead to overstimulation, followed by allergic reactions. Detoxification is necessary and this should begin with a look at the diet. It is important to be sparing with animal protein and salt as well as starchy and sugary food. At this time no dairy produce whatsoever is allowed.
Clearing any congestion is of great importance and I completely agree with the early naturopaths who advised patients to take plenty of Epsom salt baths. It is very pleasant to soak for about 15 minutes in a hot bath to which a handful of these salts has been added, and then retire to bed. It is also necessary to avoid alcohol, nicotine, chocolate and spices. Instead of coffee or tea, herbal teas or honey and lemon drinks are recommended.
Now that hayfever season is upon us, it is too late to say that treatment should be started no later than February, but this is always a good idea. It is not too late, however, to start with Luffa Complex, which is an exceptional hayfever remedy.
Research has showed how it can help with allergies to pollen. But it can also help people who suffer from another form of inhalation allergy, for example to house mites or pets.
It is also important to make sure that the body is receiving an optimum intake of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. The ones that are specially required for this problem are vitamin B complex, manganese, chromium and iron.
Please remember that there are many forms of treatment but what works for one person may not work for another. Last summer one of my patients claimed that it was acupuncture that helped him. He told me that after only one session the mucous discharge, sinus congestion and allergic symptoms had cleared.
Acupuncture, that centuries-old Chinese treatment, still manages to surprise us in unexpected ways!
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Have you ever considered acupuncture for your hayfever? It might just be worth a try! In the meantime, make sure to get hold of the Pollinosan tablets and Luffa Nasal Spray mentioned by Jan on our website!