Herbs for Allergies, Hayfever & Asthma
Herbs for Allergies, Asthma and Hayfever go hand in hand. Asthma is actually an allergic disorder. The neat thing is most of the herbs can be made into an Allergy Tea to soothe away those nasty symptoms.
Ragweed pollen accounts for 75% of the reported Hayfever Allergies in North America. Other pollens that trigger Hayfever are grasses and tree pollen. Studies have also indicated that food allergies play a role in those who suffer from Asthma and Hayfever.
The herbs discussed here are the most common for treating Allergies, Hayfever and Asthma. Ephedra has historically played an important role in the treatment of these conditions. While you can not get Ephedra in certain countries any longer, Ma Huang is the Chinese Herbal equivilant. Many of these herbs can be incorporated into your diet by a herbal tea or tonic.
Caution: All allergies, hayfever and asthma should be treated by your medical care practitioner.
Herbs for Hayfever & Allergies
The following list of herbs are effective treating Hayfever and Allergies:
- Lobelia - Lobelia is an effective expectorant. This will help improve respiratory tract function for those suffering from allergies and hayfever. Lobelia stimulates the adrenal gland to release hormones that cause the bronchial muscles to relax. It is often used in combination with both Licorice & Ephedra to treat asthma, bronchitis and allergies.
- Licorice - Licorice has anti-allergic properties that make it useful for treating allergic and hayfever cases. Licorice also has anti-viral properties. Licorice can prevent the onset of an allergic attack or hayfever.
- Ephedra - Ephedra and its alkaloids are effective in the treatment of mild to moderate hayfever and asthma. Ephedra effects and relief will take effect one hour after administering the herb and last up to five hours. Ma Huang is the Chinese herb name for Ephedra. Ephedra can weaken the adrenal glands with prolonged use so it is effective to use an adrenal gland supplement such as Licorice when taking Ephedra.
Your health care practitioner should administer all herbs. Please consult them before you start to treat illnesses with Herbs.
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