Get custom relief with natural remedies.
If you suffer from allergies, you may turn to over-the-counter drugs for
seasonal allergy relief—but often, these drugs have mixed results. Many pharmaceutical treatments relieve sneezing and itching, but do little to treat congestion or sinus pressure, and vice versa. Plus, pharmaceutical remedies frequently come with unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness and nasal irritation.
Natural remedies can help with seasonal allergy relief without the side effects of pharmaceuticals. Taken in combination, they can even treat both the congestion and the sneezing and itching commonly associated with allergies.
Turning to traditional remedies
Native to tropical Asian countries, Andrographis paniculata is a bitter herb with a long history of medicinal use in India. It is used widely in Ayrvedic medicine; as an Ayurveda herb it is known as Kalmegh or Kalamegha, meaning "dark cloud". It is also considered a “cold property” herb in traditional Chinese medicine, used to rid the body of “heat” and dispel toxins.
Andrographis has been shown to be a safe traditional botanical for sinus support and promoting upper respiratory tract health, per analysis of seven double-blind controlled trials. In one Chilean study, the herb had a significant drying effect on the nasal secretions of cold sufferers who took 1,200 milligrams of andrographis extract daily for five days. Many supplements are available with andrographis, including Seasonal Defense from Nature’s Sunshine.
One of the benefits of a natural approach to seasonal allergy relief and sinus support is that, unlike pharmaceuticals, formulas can be combined for specific relief. Another remedy from Nature’s Sunshine,
Sinus Support EF, contains the herbs burdock and goldenseal, as well as synephrine (from bitter orange, or Fructus aurantia), to support nasal passages and supply nutrients for proper respiratory function. The synephrine in Sinus Support possesses properties somewhat similar to the alkaloid ephedrine found in pharmaceutical remedies, but acts much more mildly in the body.
Taken together, Seasonal Defense and Sinus Support can do the following:
- Provide seasonal allergy relief.
- Support the immune system.
- Help the body defend against seasonal changes.
- Help support mucous membrane health.
- Offer sinus support.
- Encourage proper nasal function.
- Help maintain nasal tissues.
Take a natural approach
Those who suffer from allergies know the frustration in trying to find season allergy relief that works. Traditional and natural remedies can be very effective, tend to be easier on the body than pharmaceuticals and can be tailored for specific relief.