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Allergic Rhinitis Treatment: Herbs

Overview

A number of herbs--used singly or in combination with others--may be useful in treating allergic rhinitis.

There is a relatively decent amount of research about the use of butterbur and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine for allergic rhinitis.

Some herbs have a modest amount of research that demonstrates that they may be effective for treating allergic rhinitis. They include:

Other herbs are often recommended but there is not yet much research evidence for their efficacy in treating allergic rhinitis. They include:

Treatments

Effect of Butterbur on Allergic Rhinitis

The exact effect of butterbur on allergic rhinitis is not clear. Butterbur may help by reducing the inflammation that leads to most of the problematic symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

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Effect of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine on Allergic Rhinitis

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a complex, multi-faceted healing tradition with a long history. TCM seeks to restore balance to the body, so Chinese...

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Effect of Ayurveda on Allergic Rhinitis

The Ayurvedic herbs discussed may have anti-histamine effects similar to those found in conventional anti-histamines. Anti-histamines reduce allergic symptoms by controlling the substances...

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Effect of Homeopathy on Allergic Rhinitis

Homeopathic remedies do not work in a direct or obvious way. Homeopathic theory has some relationship to ancient healing traditions, but in many ways stands uniquely on its own ground, unrelated to...

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Effect of Galphimia Glauca on Allergic Rhinitis

Homeopathic remedies do not work in a direct or obvious way. Homeopathic theory has some relationship to ancient healing traditions, but in many ways stands uniquely on its own ground, unrelated to...

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References

  1. Mittman P. Randomized, double-blind study of freeze-dried Urtica dioica in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. Planta Med. 1990;56:44-47.
  2. Takano H, Osakabe N, Sanbongi C, et al. Extract of Perilla frutescens enriched for rosmarinic acid, a polyphenolic phytochemical, inhibits seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis in humans. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2004;229:247-54.
  3. Osakabe N, Takano H, Sanbongi C, et al. Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect of rosmarinic acid (RA); inhibition of seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (SAR) and its mechanism. Biofactors. 2005;21:127-131.

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