Alternative relief for hay fever sufferers
The hay fever season is well and truly upon us, but this is no reason to ignore the symptoms which can cause discomfort for so many. Homeopaths are busy helping hay fever sufferers who want an alternative to conventional medication to ease their symptoms. Between 15 and 20 per cent of the British population suffer from the often debilitating symptoms of pollen allergy, ranging from sneezing to itchy swollen eyes.
Some of those turn to homeopathy because they find that anti-histamines don’t work well or have side effects, and others want an alternative to conventional drugs or a longer term solution to tackling their symptoms.
Homeopathic remedies can not only tackle the symptoms when they happen, but by triggering the body’s own system of healing, can help to stop the symptoms occurring in the first place.
A number of research trials into the use of homeopathic remedies in the treatment of patients with hay fever, have shown significant improvement in symptoms.
It is recommended that a qualified and registered homeopath is consulted as each sufferer will be treated according to their own individual combination of symptoms and how it affects them. However, homeopathic medicines (known as remedies) can be used at home, once the symptoms start.
Listed below are some common remedies and pointers to the symptoms that would indicate their use:
Euphrasia: eyes inflamed, with profuse watering which seems to burn. Can be a thick discharge from eyes and feeling of pressure. Nose streaming. Better in the open air.
Allium cepa: watery discharge from the nose, can drip, leaving nose sore and raw. Watery eyes. Violent sneezing. Better in the open air.
Arsenicum: burning watery discharge from eyes and nose, with tickling building up to a sneeze. At its worst just after midnight. This patient will be restless and anxious.
Nux vom: sneezing fits, nose, eyes and face very irritated and hot. Itching extends to the larynx and trachea. Eyes light-sensitive. Irritated, impatient and snappy.
Lachesis: sneezing fits worse after sleep. Headache and dry stuffed sensation through the head, with red puffy face and sore nostrils and lips. The throat can also be sensitive, especially to pressure.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing.
For more information
on treating hay fever and other conditions contact:
Helen Lee DSH RSHom