Whole Foods ran an April promo about how to treat allergies naturally. They have a podcast about allergies on their site and an allergy pamphlet in their stores. Brent, working with WF, kindly contacted me to let me know about it. It's interesting enough information to pass along and it might be useful to some of you out there. Allergies have been particularly bad this early in the season; friends who don't normally complain are suffering.
However, I’m not a natural girl when it comes to "meds". I’m a little afraid I’ll be allergic to the herbs/flowers used to cure the issue, much to the dismay of my excellent acupuncturist who really wants me to try Chinese herbs. I just won’t do it, too potentially tricky for this Allergic Girl. But I know herbs, Chinese and otherwise, have helped many, many people over thousands of years. [On the funny tip, remember “Alice”? ]
Butterbur, one of their recommendations was also recommended by Dr. Clifford Basset on the Revolution Health podcast I was involved in with last month. Which means, to me at least, herbs are becoming part of the western mainstream medical language. Many of these natural remedies I’ve never heard of [except probotics-even Dannon yogurt is embracing this one]: have you?
From WF's press release: “Whole Foods Market has compiled a list of TOP 10 NATURAL OPTIONS that may assist in alleviating common allergy symptoms.
1. Butterbur – studies show this herb is effective in providing relief from seasonal allergies with fewer side effects when compared with common conventional choices.
2. Stinging Nettle or “Nettles” – considered by some experts to be one of the best herbal options for relief of allergy symptoms.
3. Quercetin – a bioflavonoid that research shows may support a healthy inflammation response.
4. Bromelain – an enzyme that supports a healthy immune response to allergens and works synergistically with quercetin; derived from pineapple.
5. Probiotics – support healthy digestion and immune function; studies show a link between unhealthy gut flora and allergies.
6. Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3’s) – found in fish, flaxseed oil, dark leafy greens, and/or fish oil or flaxseed supplements; help to keep the immune system strong and play a role in regulating its allergy responses
7. Echinacea, astragalus, garlic, chamomile, turmeric, eyebright, licorice – herbs that support respiratory and immune health for allergy relief.
8. Allium Cepa – a homeopathic remedy for nasal congestion.
9. Sabadilla – a homeopathic remedy for sneezing, runny nose and an itching, sore throat.
10. Homeopathic nose sprays – for sinus pressure relief.”
*Please talk to your doctor before taking any new medication. Yes, herbs/bark/flowers/etc are medicinal and can have potent effects when taken alone or combined with prescription meds.