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Let's Talk About Hay Fever

Updated: May 11, 2022



It’s that time of year here in Melbourne! Hay fever can make spring a dreaded season for many people, specifically in regions where seasonal winds and high pollen count creates the perfect storm for seasonal allergies. Luckily there are plenty of ways we can utilise nutrition and herbal medicine to combat this. First off lets talk about what hay fever actually is. In spring when there is the highest amount of airborne pollen, this can be inhaled and cause irritation to respiratory tract tissues, prompting an immune response, causing further inflammation and allergy symptoms. The body has now recognised pollen as an invading pathogen and responds to it as such each year when pollen count is high.


A Naturopathic Perspective Into This

  • Modulate immune function

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Modulate histamine response

  • Optimise microbiome


Specific Nutrients

Zinc, Vitamin C, Quercetin and Bioflavonoids: Strong anti-oxidants that can help clear histamine, reduce inflammation, stabilise cell membranes, modulate mast cells and support mucosal tissue repair.


Vitamin D

Modulates misdirected immune responses, down-regulates inflammatory processes, stabilises cell membranes.


Bromelain

A proteolytic enzyme with anti-inflammatory actions and ability to assist in mucous breakdown.


NAC

Potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and mucous clearing agent.


Probiotics

Lactobacillus spp., Bifidobacter spp., etc. promote microflora homoeostasis, therefore improving the mucosal immune and barrier functions, helping to reduce allergies.


Specific Herbs

  • Echinacea spp: Immune modulating, lymphatic.

  • Scutellaria baicalensis (baikal skullcap): Anti-allergic, immune modulating.

  • Albizia lebbeck (albizia): Anti-allergic.

  • Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal): Anti-inflammatory, mucosal trophorestorative. However, endangered, consider using Calendula officinalis (marigold) instead.

  • Euphrasia officinalis (eyebright): Mucous reducing, anti-inflammatory.

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