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Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

Definition

An allergic disease, also called allergic rhinitis, of mucous membranes
of the nose, eyes, and upper air passages induced by external irritation.
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Causes

Air-borne pollens. Spring type is due to pollens of trees such as oak, elm, hickory, and ash. The summer type is due to pollens of plants such as grasses, plantain, and sorrel. The fall type is due principally to the pollen of ragweeds. Nonseasonal hay fever may result from inhalation of irritating substances such as the danders of animals, feathers, or dust such as hay, straw, or house dust or from ingestion of drugs or foods to which the subject is allergic.

Those who suffer from hay fever symptoms throughout the year are said to have perennial rhinitis.
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Symptoms

Inflammation, catarrh, watery discharges from the eyes, coryza, headache, asthmatic symptoms. Itchy watery eyes, sneezing, and nervous irritability. Treatment includes either remove the patient from contact with the allergen or remove the allergen from the patient’s environment. Filtration of air by masks and nasal filters may be helpful. Drug therapy in which epinephrine, antihistamines, or other drugs are given orally or used as nose drops, or nasal sprays. Prophylactic treatment consisting of desensitization by injection of pollen extracts to which the subject is sensitive may be of benefit.
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Nutrients

Coenzyme Q10, 30 mg. twice per day, improves oxygenation and immunity. Raw thymus glandular, 500 mg. twice per day, promotes immune function. Vitamin A, 25,000 IU per day, is a powerful immunostimulant. Vitamin B complex, taken as directed on the label, enhances immune function. Vitamin C plus bioflavonoids, 3,000-10,000 mg. per day, is a potent immunostimulant. Germanium, 100 mg. twice per day, improves immune system function. Proteolytic enzymes, taken with and between meals, is necessary for digestion of essential nutrients that boost immune system. Royal jelly capsules, taken as directed on the label, helps to reduce fever and to destroy bacteria. Zinc, 50-80 mg. per day (when feverish, zinc should be omitted). Alfalfa liquid, twice daily in juice, is needed for chlorophyll and vitamin K. Vitamin E, 400-800 IU per day, boosts the immune system.
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Herbs
  • Bittersweet
  • Boneset
  • Cabbage, skunk
  • Calamus, root
  • Clover, red
  • Cohosh, black
  • Coltsfoot
  • Coriander
  • Crowfoot
  • Cubeb
  • Dock, yellow
  • Elm, slippery
  • Eyebright, red
  • Fireweed
  • Golden rod
  • Ivy, ground
  • Jasmine, yellow
  • Lemon, juice
  • Ma-huang
  • Milkweed
  • Mullein
  • Nettle
  • Onion
  • Papaya
  • Plantain
  • Plum, wild, bark
  • Poplar
  • Senega snakeroot
  • Skunk cabbage
  • Spikenard
  • Sticta

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Recommendations

Eat more fruits, vegetables, grains, raw seeds, and nuts. Eat yogurt or any soured products 3 times a week. Stay on a high-fiber diet. Eliminate dairy products, white flour products, sugar, packaged or canned foods, tobacco, coffee, chocolate, soft drinks, pies, cakes, or any junk foods.
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Suggestions

An old remedy for hay fever includes the theory that pollen collected by the honey bee will be digested and deposited into the honey it makes. Minute deposits of this pollen, taken in the form of this local honey, will slowly immunize against the allergy and irritation of these pollens. The honey must be local to the residence of the patient and collected with the honeycomb without refinement. Refining the honey destroys or removes the pollen deposits. Taken with cod liver oil (tablets are not the same, must have the oil), it will take several weeks to notice the changes, but the immunity will kick in and the next hay fever season will be lighter until the allergy is controllable or goes away completely. This applies to all allergies that are food, pollen, or skin allergies that produce eczema and rashes.
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Bibliography

Buy It! Back to Eden, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Buy It! Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

Buy It! The Old Herb Doctor, by Joseph E. Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1984, sixth printing 1994.

Buy It! The Complete Medicinal Herbal, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

Buy It! The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

Buy It! Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

Buy It! Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 15th Edition, F. A. Davis Company, 1915 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Buy It! The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

Buy It!The Magic of Herbs, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

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