Treating Spring Allergies and Hayfever with Homeopathy
Posted on 05 September 2015 by Leonie Satori
Whilst maintaining proper immune function and overall health with diet, herbs and nutritional supplements lays a foundation of therapy for seasonal or spring allergies, individual homeopathic remedies can provide symptom relief, reducing the need to rely on pharmaceutical medications.
Seasonal allergies and hayfever are generally characterised by sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, running nose and congestion associated with inflammation of the mucous membranes in the upper respiratory tract, commonly termed 'coryza'.
In our dispensary at Sundala Health Centre, we have a range of homeopathic pillules for home dispensing. Getting to know each remedy and fitting it with your symptoms provides the best result when using homeopathy at home. For those who suffer from hayfever and spring allergies the following list of homeopathic remedies can help with the acute treatment of hayfever symptoms.
Allium cepa (Onion)
The symptoms of an Allium cepa coryza resemble the sensations that appear when cutting onions, with tearing of the eyes and a profuse watery discharge from the nose. Often these symptoms are associated with a dazed cloudiness of the mind, which can be attributed to the swollen mucous membranes of the nasal passages. These symptoms are often worse in the afternoon, after contact with pollens or an overly warm room.
Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright)
In contrast to Allium cepa, Euphrasia is characterised by a mild discharge from nose, but an acrid excoriating discharge from the eyes (hence 'eye bright'). The eyes may be irritated, gritty and light-sensitive, which usually leads to excessive blinking, rubbing of the eyes and a desire to be in darkness.
Sabadilla officinalis (Cevadilla Seed)
Sabadilla is indicated for allergic symptoms with a constant itching of the nose and severe sneezing attacks. These prolonged sneezing attacks can result in exhaustion and symptoms are worsened in open or cool air, but better for warmth or hot drinks.
Arsenicum album (White Arsenic)
Commonly used for right-sided complaints, Arsenicum is beneficial when symptoms of hayfever or coryza mostly affect the right nostril. Symptoms also include a burning pain in the nose, eyes and throat, however it is warm or hot therapies and drinks that relieve pain and symptoms. Discharge from the nostrils, as well as being mostly right-sided can be quite acrid, causing redness and soreness under the nose.
Apis mellifica (Honey Bee)
Characterised by red, swollen eyelids and lips, an Apis state often develops in the course of an acute allergic reaction. Burning and stinging pain in the affected parts of the face can be quite sensitive to touch and symptoms are alleviated by application of cold water or compresses.
Gelsemium (Yellow Jasmine)
Frequent sneezing is characteristic of a Gelsemium hayfever symptom picture, sneezing is often worst in the morning and can be quite exhausting. The eyes feel heavy and swollen and there can be a tingling sensation in the nose. Other symptoms may include a sensation of a lump in the throat or a dry cough and symptoms subside in the open air.
Natrum muriaticum (Common Salt)
A combination of watery, egg-like secretions from the nose and a blocked sensation characterise Nat Mur seasonal allergy symptoms. Symptoms may follow after exposure to the sun, and can also include a loss of taste and smell. Mood can become low, and the person may desire solitude.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her wellness clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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