The allergy season is upon us. From April through August you’ll find the same problem at my clinic and just about every doctor’s surgery around the country.
We’re going through boxes of tissues faster than we can stock them!
My waiting room has been packed with patients suffering from the constant sneezing, coughing, stuffiness and post-nasal drip of seasonal allergies. And if you’re an allergy sufferer, you know these symptoms can suck the joy right out of life for months at a time.
And as we head into the grass pollen and mould seasons, the problem isn’t going away.
Consumer Reports recently released a guide of the best allergy treatments on the market. By now I shouldn’t have been surprised that they didn’t include a single natural treatment on the list.
But before you reach for prescription drugs or so-called “safe” over-the-counter medicine — which can cause everything from severe drowsiness to an irregular heartbeat — here are three safe and proven allergy remedies I’ve found from around the world that I use with my own patients.
The first is goldenseal, which you’ll also see sold as yellow root. It grows in Canada and some parts of Northeast America, and it was used for centuries by Native American tribes to help control inflammation and even stomach disorders.
Goldenseal dries up and soothes the mucous membranes throughout the body, which helps you clear up congestion and shed excess mucus. This quality makes it useful in alleviating congestion in your respiratory system. You can find it in capsules at almost any specialist health food store or use the dried leaves as a tea.
If you have a sore throat from all that post-nasal drip, give red sage a try. It’s a traditional Chinese herb that helps control inflammation. The best part is that you can gargle with it as a mouthwash for quick throat pain relief.
Last, cayenne, or red pepper, has an active ingredient called capsaicin that helps to soothe burning nasal passages, bronchial tubes, and lungs. It’s also rich in vitamin C and other powerful antioxidants that support your immune system.
You don’t have to spend this summer popping pill after dangerous pill. Give these natural treatments a try and you can enjoy the smell of fresh-cut grass again — without paying for it later.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing