According to the British Allergy Foundation, approximately one in four of the UK population will suffer from an allergy, such as hay fever.
At this time of year, people come to see a practitioner with symptoms of hay fever, such as sneezing, runny noise, sore, itchy eyes, itching in the ears and back of the throat.
Symptoms vary for each individual which is why different remedies are used for each patient. Constitutional treatment from a qualified Homeopath is best used to stop symptoms returning, however, during an acute crisis, an acute prescription can be given. Once the acute crisis is over, it is advisable to go for constitutional treatment which will take into account the imbalance shown by the immune system.
Acute homeopathic remedies used for hay fever can include the following:
Allium Cepa – this can be given when the nose and eyes are streaming and there is severe and frequent sneezing. Often symptoms are worse in the morning, indoors and when in contact with flower pollen.
Arsenicum Album – when there is tickling of the nose in one spot “as from a feather”, there is acrid, watery dripping from the nose which is totally obstructed and there are burning pains in the nose, eyes and throat. Sores can develop inside the nostrils. They person can feel better in a warm room.
Euprasia– can be given for very watery eyes when you feel that there is something in your eyes and you want to constantly rub them. The eyelids can be swollen and there can be a discharge from them causing them to gum up. A soothing eye wash can be used by diluting one drop of Euphrasia tincture in an eye bath with sterile water and bathing the eyes.
Sabadilla– for persistent sneezing and constant itching and tingling inside the nose. The nose can feel stuffed up and there can be transparent mucus. The eyes can water from sunlight, in the open air and while sneezing. They can be worse in the open air and from pollens, especially from flowers.
Healthy fats and oils such as olive oil, fish oil and even moderate amounts of animal fats are important for a healthy immune system. Studies show that those who eat mostly polyunsaturated and trans-fats, as found in many margarine's and processed foods, are more likely to suffer allergies.
Onions and garlic can be used for their homeopathic effect – the symptoms they cause, they can also treat. Both contain natural compounds that reduce the inflammation of hay fever. Add them liberally to your meals or, if you are up to it, eat them by themselves to reduce nasal irritation and streaming eyes.
Local raw honey can be used as a crude form of homeopathy to desensitize yourself to local pollens from which the honey was produced. Start by taking a small amount each day before the start of hay fever season, gradually increasing to a teaspoon or more. Spices such as horseradish, mustard, chillies and fenugreek also help through a crude homoeopathic effect – they can relieve the very hay fever-like symptoms they produce. Add them liberally to meals or take them alone to thin mucus and expel irritants.
Taking flax seed oil, stinging nettle capsules, Quercitin, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 can also help to regulate the immune system.
Continue with some of the above treatments right through the hay fever season for best results.
Don’t let the misery of hay fever affect your quality of life.