9.26.2009

Allergic Rhinitis: Non-Drug Treatments



People who suffer from allergic rhinitis have been looking for better alternatives to antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids and other drugs, which can cause various side effects if taken frequently.

According to studies, there are alternatives to drugs, such as the following:

Acupuncture

In acupuncture, hair-fine needles are used to stimulate certain parts of the lung meridian in order to remove energy blockages. Some studies have found that acupuncture combined with certain herbs are just as effective as antihistamines in relieving allergic rhinitis symptoms.

Herbs

Certain herbs such as the following are reported to have treatment effects on allergic rhinitis:

Butterbur or Petasites hybridus
Stinging nettle or Urtica dioica
Ginko Biloba
Astragalus membranaceus
 Japanese apricot

However, caution should be exercised in using herbs because they can worsen symptoms and become toxic if used excessively or improperly.

Homeopathy

Homeopathic professionals use certain substances such as Arsenicum album, Allium cepa and Euphrasia to create dilutions that would improve the emotional and physical conditions of someone with allergic rhinitis.

Dietary Supplements

Some dietary supplements such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Spirulina, Quercetin and Vitamin C have also been cited as helpful in relieving allergic rhinitis symptoms.

Use of Light

One natural cure for allergic rhinitis is the use of light, called phototherapy. It can relieve sneezing, stuffed or runny nose, headaches and teary eyes.

BioNase is a revolutionary pocket-sized device that uses light to relieve your allergic rhinitis symptoms. It is easy to use, affordable, not invasive and has no known side effects.




You just insert the ends of the device into your nose for about 4 and-a-half minutes for 3 times a day while reading, watching TV or surfing the Internet.




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Walkers with Wheels or Walkers without Wheels?

Walkers Without Wheels



Walkers without wheels are the typical walkers that you see being lifted and moved by users as they walk.

The main difference between a regular walker and a wheeled walker is the way you move and control the walker.

You LIFT a regular walker while you PUSH a wheeled walker. For some, the wheeled walker is easier to use, but for others, the regular walker is easier because they have more control over a regular walker.

For some users, one disadvantage of wheeled walkers are the wheels. You can be carried away by the wheels if you are walking on a sloped-down surface.


Walkers with Wheels


Wheeled walkers are usually called Rollators or Rolling Walkers.

Some wheeled walkers have 3 wheels; the others have 4.

The 4-wheeled walker offers you a higher level of stability, support and balance, but the 3-wheeled walker offers you more flexibility. In smaller spaces, you can maneuver more easily the 3-wheeled walker.



RegularWalkers with 2 Wheels


These walkers give you combined benefits: the control of the regular walker and the ease of the wheeled walker. You can push the walker while walking, without the need to lift the walker, and then use all the four legs of your walker for full support when you stop.







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Why Folding Walkers Are Better for You





Folding walkers are better for you because:


1. They are lightweight.

2. You can easily slide them before you as you walk.

3.  They are usually made of aluminum with high tensile strength, so even if it is light, it can still support users up to 250 pounds.

4. You maintain your independence.

5. You can adjust the height to your convenience.

6. They feature single button control for quick opening and folding.

7. The handgrips are made of foam.

Most of these walkers are offered with lifetime warranty on the frame.







Which are better? Walker without wheels or Walker with wheels?
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