Allergies of any kind are a distressing problem to many people every year.
These can appear as hayfever either in late winter/spring when pine pollens can affect many people or over summer when pollens of many different sorts abound.
The action of Evening primrose Oil is to act as a mild anti-inflammatory, therefore where the problem is relatively mild, I find that Evening Primrose oil can help relieve much of the congestion in the facial sinuses. Evening Primrose Oil does need to be taken in sufficient quantity, usually 3000 mg at least twice daily.
If the situation is quite severe, then I find that Quercetin plus bio-flavoniods work very well. The dosage needs to be about 500 mg two to three times daily. Quercetin works by inhibiting histamine release. It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-viral.
Some herbals also act as antihistamines: Bacial skullcap and Albizia lebbeck are examples of herbs that can be incorporated into a herbal extract formula made for allergic sinus.
Other useful herbs are Horseradish, Eyebright, Witch-hazel, Marshmallow, and Fenugreek and if there are signs of infection then Golden Seal needs to be added. Golden Seal could also be taken as a tablet (in order to get a higher dose) along side a herbal extract blend. A formula such as this would need to be taken two to three times daily.
If there is a persistent cough present then further herbs to relieve the cough can be added.
To help prevent seasonal recurrence in the long term, particularly to those
suffering from pollen related allergy, a daily dose of locally collected bee pollen taken throughout the year can help decrease sensitivity to local pollens.
When allergic sinus is noticeably becoming worse as a person ages then it is a good idea to work on improving the immunoglobulin status of the bowel, as this can have a lot to do with the degree to which people react to different allergens. A course of specifically formulated Colostrum is an ideal way in which to do this and/or a course of probiotics containing specific strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium lactis.
See page on ‘Probiotics’.
Remember that these articles were written in a general sense, often a personal consultation can be of more benefit.
Up-dated September 2020.